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  1. Decoding of Garfish Ismail Disclaimer : Solely personal view There are only 3 characters in this story. Ismail, Nizam and light. Ismail is a frail, overburdened young lad, who hangs on a thin line of hope and reality of cold. Nizam, his father is more resilient to the given conditions of being a junk hawker and completes his duties as the man of the family. The first few paragraphs deal with the cold season in Ankara and Ismail walking home after his school. He is pounded with several thoughts of reaching home for a supper, a second hand shoe from the day's junk collectibles or the possible bright days ahead (university, being a doctor etc) Nizam circumvents curious questions from Ismail to put into comfort of a fixing a punctured stove and a possible hot supper. With the heat from the stove, a tired and hungry Ismail quickly slouches on his books; only to be alerted by his father who was leaving for the market. When the heat & light from the heater goes down, none of Ismail's efforts bring avail and finally he tears an old red jacket to fuel it further. Satisfied on being successful he slips back into his sleep only to be disturbed his parents who have returned. His vigilant mother realizes the missing jacket and in disbelief of a break-in at their house and his father is more coping with the situation. Its Ismail who is sheepish to realize his mistake, an guilt of a "thief" that he now carried. The story of Garfish Ismail unfolds at many levels. Superficially, it brings the poor living conditions of a junk seller at Ankara during winters or a young boy who lives in reverie of comfort while his parents work to make ends meet etc. Gut feeling says its the toughest message encapsulated in a simple story. How? A garfish is a commonly found fish species in stagnant fresh waters with long elongated bodies, slow moving and are attracted to light. They are commonly used as bait fish. Did that give you a clue?? ;-) Are there any anglers reading this story? A very casual Ismail ends his ordinary day in an extraordinary way. His laziness /arrogance to find things to stir up the coal resulted in burning his father's old velvet coat which had the hidden savings. Hope, comfort and warmth are the metaphors of light used in the story. There should not be any short cuts or negligence in the pursuit of hope, else we will be the trapped into the false light(illusion) and the implication of falling to the trap can be traumatic and long lasting. Maybe Ismail might never want to ask for his shoes to be replaced? What has compelled Engin to write this story? News from any region mentions of the youth being trapped into human trafficking, prostitution, drugs & mafia or liberation of a geopolitical region. A little more reading on some of the cover stories show us a pattern that most of the younger population have/had committed the crime in pursuit of hope and comfort of a better life. Did they really know the trap laid on them? At a meta physical level, how often do we lie /cheat to ourselves to feel good in the name of ignorance, aversion and attachment. Thank you Engin for showing the right path, to move forward in the direction of hope, truth and light without being a bait like a garfish to an illusion!! Closing this decoding with lines from the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad ( Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavamana_Mantra) oṃ asato mā sadgamaya, tamaso mā jyotirgamaya, mṛtyor mā'mṛtaṃ gamaya, oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ This translates to: Om, from falsehood lead me to truth, From darkness lead me to the light, From death lead me to immortality, Om peace peace peace (Peace in three states of life- physical mental spiritual)
  2. @Meltem This is the link to the entire video during the promotion of their movie. Engin was unwound and so adorable with Berguzar. Believe this was posted here....but too lazy to link it back. This was bookmarked on my laptop
  3. Started watching with subs this morning. Will post my review ;-)
  4. And as per dizi logic, female cast have bangs in the flashbacks!! Phew we have cracked it!!
  5. @meNadia agree on the possible pre revenge look. Nerdy and timid.?
  6. Uncanny resembling to Baazigar (cult Bollywood movie) story; ofcourse "inspired" by Hollywood movie A kiss before dying!! In this case Gokhan will have most screen time!!
  7. Knock, knock....Known faces Translations seems very difficult to get the plot. Drama genre, extended families and crossed lovers....well that sums the essence of our existence too ;-) Surely interested to watch Gokhan not as Ali Asaf and hell Gulcan ..
  8. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karna Yup, very Bollywood ...thanks to Shahrukhs' lead roles, larger than life director Karan Johar etc.
  9. Karan is season's flavor?? Lead or not, any air time is good for this hiatus.
  10. I know the episode too ;-). When Ali was confused whether to smell Eylul's hair or fire from a gun. Sigh....talk about dilemmas in life.
  11. Decoding Irfan Disclaimer : Solely my interpretation This edition of the essay has a central character – Irfan. Irfan is Mr. Popular for all the wrong reasons – contradictions, non-compliance to school’s regimen and indifferent to science and curriculum etc. He seems to have spent longer years at school and had physically & mentally grown more than the average 9th grader. His Dabangg (1) attitude was exuberating when he challenged the price list at cafeteria or class assignments or simply system on which our society was built on. Looks like the narrator enjoyed the negative attention Irfan gathered for his antics and eventually got attracted to call themselves as “buddies” as if they shared the same voice of self-righteousness and rebel without a cause attitude. They were destined to be Page-3 and worthy unabashed. The growing friendship catches attention of teachers who sends warning signals to narrator’s mother and finally his father’s repertoire. Narrator, as any boy of that age, listens to his mother’s sermon without mending his ways. This brings him closer to Irfan’s habits – smoking, drinking and most importantly writing a diary note every day in a piece of paper which was scared sanctum. The friendship also brings in comfort to ask some of the intriguing questions on Irfan to him. Who are his parents, where does his live, why isn’t his parents called for any reprimanding sessions at school…oh so many. Isn’t it similar to the one’s mind that bubble when you idolize someone? Hmmm. When stolen silences and unwelcoming body language was the reply to the inquisitiveness, the narrator begins to concentrate on learning the contradictions, lying as a philosophy to breathe and opening to new knowledge. Now the bohemian friendship is abruptly cut-off due to an unfortunate incident which happens during the football match at school. The revelry goes out of control when an ugly spat turns violent with fist fighting and culminating with someone in the crowd stabbing Irfan with a knife. Irfan falls on the ground in deep pain and is timely treated at the hospital. When he returns back to school, he is quickly dismissed and expelled from school. How many of you were remembering Johnny Bravo or Big Moose (Archie’s comic character) while reading about Irfan? Or someone from your school era who was notorious? Is Engin trying to narrate a stereotype of a jock – all brawns and no brains here?? The first question worming my mind is the name of the central character – Irfan. It’s not Mehmet or Hakan or Sinem. Irfan means knowledge or wisdom in Arabic/Turkish. Viola, the essay is decoded. How??!! Have you ever tried to understand the entity relationship of knowledge, belief and truth? Epistemological(2) definition of knowledge is knowing by acquaintance, asking Wh (why, what, where, when) questions, hearing the Th (That, this) and challenging the existence with How. Acquisition of knowledge is possible through two fundamental means: by experience (empirical) and reasoning (logical). Over period of time, knowledge often gets tagged with a connotation of truth. Accordingly, if something has to be considered as knowledge then it has to be true. Belief is a system of thoughts based on the knowledge acquired by us and stored in our brains. This should provide a mechanism to interpret new information. However this would have severe limitation since bulk of the knowledge we possess is second hand information we gain from other sources (trusted or otherwise) Truth simply represents the opposite of deception. The measurement of truth is proportional to the belief built on the knowledge base. (Well there are other paradigms like facts and assumptions which Engin does not elaborate) For example - Most people in Galileo's time believed in geocentric (Earth-centered, Universe). And the church, which was very powerful and influential in those days, strongly supported this theory/knowledge. After Galileo began publishing papers about his discoveries and belief in a heliocentric (Sun-centered, Universe) he was called to Rome to answer charges brought against him by the Inquisition (the legal body of the Church) and was finally accused of being a heretic, a person who opposed Church teachings. A general knowledge of Irfan was that he was a reckless boy, who was poor at his grades and often lived by his rules. The teachers who took no interest to mend his ways, created a belief using safe assumptions that Irfan was boy of misdeeds. When Irfan questioned the system, he was either ridiculed or dismissed immediately. It is interesting how often and freely Engin uses these three elements (knowledge, belief and truth) of thought processing. In our life’s too we presume that what we are expressing is being legitimately represented. Beliefs are readily interpreted as knowledge, and knowledge is often characterized as being true to lend it weight. The accidental meeting of the narrator and Irfan had the same old stolen silences and uncomfortable body language. Irfan had settled his in life – with a belief based on his knowledge of being poor, orphan and unloved. If Irfan had lied in life, he was certain aware of life’s truth –death. As a writer, Engin has expressed so many profound ideas in this essay. Starting from the basic Epistemology theories by Plato and Socrates, he carefully applies them to the modern world plagued by fake news, dodgy experts, mendacious media. It becomes more crucial than ever to work out what's true ourselves. Doing that means first overcoming our own biases. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is. – Bhagavad Gita 1. Dabangg (Hindi) - means a person who is not afraid of force/ challenge, daredevil 2. Epistemology – study of knowledge @Lavander @sakhisangni @Jonsen as requested. Hope you enjoy reading the decoding!! Happy birthday Jonsen!!
  12. This essay is already posted in previous pages of this thread... Nope, he hasn't quoted any holy books.
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