The Afriqiyah airways manager at Istanbul follows his immigration related duties more zeolously than the authorized persons in Mitiga airport of Tripoli. Many foreigners with valid visas stamped by government agencies are stopped from boarding by this gentleman, who does not have the basic courtsey or civilization of not troubling international travelers in transit.
The basic courtsey of anyone in the travel industry should me to try and help people not hinder those who have valid tickets of his airlines (unfortunate victims)
In Indian civilization, guests are treated as a form of gods. Some variation of this is found in most civilizations. Most parents teach this in some form to their children.
So when one sees an airlines manager representing his company and country in this way, bent upon troubling travelers one wonders what his training, background and orientation is.
Hope Afriqiyah Istanbul airways manager finds some shame,sense of guilt before victimizing more travelers.
His logic. I am just following orders. However it is worth noting that passengers coming through other airlines ( Buraq,Libyan ) or from other airports like Amman or Alexandria with the same documents are not troubled in this manner.
And the best proof of this manager’s skewed interpretation is that the authorities in Tripoli accept the documents which he rejects.
Shame on Afriqiyah Istanbul manager for abusing his post and powers,and bringing disrepute to his company and the travel industry.
Walking down towards Gulhane park from the garden between Topkapi palace and Hagia Irene, the archeology museum of Istanbul has some of the richest collections of artifacts in the world.
EVERY OBJECT HAS A STORY
The Royal Ontario Museum centennial celebration has taken out a very interesting book, telling the behind the scenes stories of objects in their collection, or inviting prominent cultural and scientific persons to share their stories and associations. The lion symbol from Babylon is prominent for ROM as its logo. Walking through the Ancient Orient building section,of Archeology museum,Istanbul, saw five lions which guarded the gates in Babylon.
The Egyptian section reminded me of trips to Luxor,Karnak,Giza,Saqqara almost a decade ago. The Roman – Greek statues of mythological Gods and Roman emperors reminded of many walks around North African sites in Leptis Magna ( bithplace of Septimus Severus Roman emperor 194 to 211 ad.) , Sabratha, Cyrene (shahat), Apollonia (Susa),
Walking through the section Istanbul through the ages, read the account of how Septimus Severus laid siege on Constantinople for over 2 years for having supported a rival claimant to the Roman throne. The intertwined histories of these regions, even today there are weapon supply channels to the rival militias whim ckaim legitimate rule over Tripoli.
As one enters the 3rd floor of the Old building , the legend of Troy, the beginnings of European literature in the form of Homer’s Iliad and Ulysses come alive in the many artifacts . The stories of the archeologists who discovered the location of the mythological Troy make very interesting reading . ( though one is very tired by this time, as the museum housed in several large buildings is very large..)
The Calypso cave in Gozo, Malta, with beautiful views of Ramla bay is supposed to be the place where Ulysses was trapped for a long time on his return journey from tge Trojan war to Ithaca. Again, the intertwined histories of these regions made me remember walks in Malta. Remembered seeing the plaque in Hastings garden in support of Armenians who were displaced during period of first world war, an event interpreted differently by concerned parties to this day.
Anatolia and Mediterranean histories have been linked through millenia, right from the times of Ulysses to more recent times.
War has been a theme , from the Trojan war to the first world war. Some scholars say that the national boundaries drawn around a 100 years ago are changing again. A guide told how over 25 dynasties have ruled over Anatolia.
The Archeology museum has many objects who speak these histories to us.
The gardens surrounding the museums have a unique charms. Sipping tea here adds to one’s feel of the place. As the late afternoon sun warmed us,thought of some walks and stories and associations that came alive. Having lived in Tripoli ,which used to be part of Ottoman empire,and Malta with its rich history and asdociation right from the times of Homer, the Archeology museum of Istanbul refreshed many associations.
The gardens,columns, arches and mosaics speak across millenia. The spirit of places like Hagia Sophia is difficult to convey in words. The walk up the ramp which has stones of antiquity was a reminder of the shortness of human physicak life. The weeping column (number 30 on the audio guide ) has many interesting legends associated with it.
Maintining a separate journal diary of these visits is an interesting way to gain perspective. So I turned the pages to October 2006, when I had visited a Byzantine church in Eastern Libya which has mosaics , one of which depicts the ancient lighthouse of Alexandria.
What is it in us that seeks out these walks through time.
As I walked around this area saw a building between Hagia Sophia and Hagia Irene which is the only remaining building site of the 24 hospitals for the public mentioned in records. The Eye department of this hospital was said to be particularly well developed. Got to mention this to my Ophthalmology friends.
Understanding the connections between sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, Black sea and Byzantine, Ottomans, modern times whole cruising through this marvellous natural wonder
The relation between Shams of Tibriz and Jalaluddin, the scholar -legal expert who turned into a mystic after contact with Shams is one of the great mentorship stories.
Many come to pay their homage to Jalalaluddin, whom the name Rumi has stuck.
In the times of the Seljuks, the Arabs called this part of the world Rum, and the persons staying here Rumi. Only later, this name was going to stick to one person, the poet, mystic, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.
A carpet weaver asked me if I had visited the Tomb of Shams.
“No one knows where Shams is, how he disappeared. Even Rumi could not find him in his life time, and many of his spiritual poems speak of this loss and love. So how can there be a tomb of Shams,” I asked this local person of Konya.
He agreed that no one knows where is Shams.
But then, Shams is everywhere.
This story teaches us about the informal but very important role of Mentors in all aspects of life. Remembered and did a thanksgiving prayer for some of my mentors at the tomb of Shams of Tibriz in Mevlana, Konya
Connecting to traditions stretching over 1500 years and beyond
Planted the 3rd square from the North end on the east side
of the garden
From the diary of Daniel Read-May 5,1796 (1)
The Toronto Botanical Gardens in Edwards garden-Wilket Creek park area of Central Don has a very interesting library. I spent some peaceful hours reading about the evolution of landscapes and gardens for historic buildings. This reminded me of the many lovely hours over the decades I have spent walking and reading in such parks, gardens in India, Libya, Malta.
The Lodhi gardens and Humayun tomb areas of Delhi have many interesting memories. Sitting on the tomb steps of Bada Gumbad-Sheesh Gumbad- (The Big Tomb, the Glass tomb) have kindled many discussions. The Lodhi gardens was inaugurated on April 9,1936, and was known as Lady Willingdon Park. It was earlier a village of Khairpur. The area has a bridge with eight arches -Athpula- which is one of the few structures of the period of the reign of Akbar. Four generations of our family have walked in this area .
In Libya, the eastern and western Libyan coastlines reflect their Greek and Roman pasts. The ancient city of Cyrene is modern day Shahat and has some lovely slopes which merge into the blue-green Mediterranean. Walking these paths makes one feel closer to persons like Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus carry the cross. The Tobruk war cemeteries have beautiful gardens associated with them. The Commonwealth, German and French cemeteries are all unique in their own ways. The gardens associated with the Shara Mansoori cemetery of Tripoli-the Italian times cemetery and the Commonwealth war graves cemetery have led to many interesting links and associations with families who made Tripoli their home, 30,50 ,100 and even 150 years ago.
The Maltese coastlines have some beautiful gardens-and areas for walking. The Xlendi area of Gozo is particularly peaceful in the winters. An ancient ship wreck was discovered here a few decades ago. The Calypso cave overlooks the Ramla bay, where legend has it that Ulysses spent many years, on his way back from Troy. The oldest free standing structure known to man -The Gjantiga temples are another interesting spot in Gozo.
In next note, I recall some personal gardens in Pune, Banaras, Delhi regions.
1.In possession of New Haven Colony Historical Society ,New Haven, Connecticut
Sourced from Landscapes and Gardens for historic buildings
Rudy Favretti, Joy Putman Favretti, American Association for State and Local History
Other blogs of interest
1.Lodhi gardens-Delhi- Exploring the seeds of Time
2.Walks in Malta again
3.MINT TEA IN TRIPOLI