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The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey

The book is as arresting and temerarious as its title. Zehlia is a pierced, mini-skirted and high-heeled rebel living in Istanbul. With unconscious misconceptions about a Muslim-majority country in the Middle East, I was surprised that Turkey is a secular, democratic republic. Its ethos is oddly similar to India. It’s difficult for a religious, diverse country to strive to… Continue reading The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey