The name, "Ninu Nina" stems from the alien language spoken by Robin Williams in "Mork & Mindy" ( a popular 1970's comedy show).

The Forty Rules of Love

As this novel clearly reminds us, nothing in life is a coincidence, therefore I am grateful to my dear friend Hana for telling me about this novel just days before my trip to Turkey.

Elif Şafak ( born 25 October 1971) is a Turkish best-selling female author in Turkey. She has been characterized by critics as continuously and creatively blending Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling to generate a fiction that is both local and universal. Her writing has been defiant of bigotry and xenophobia, deeply involved in feminismSufism and Ottoman culture, with "a particular genius for depicting backstreet Istanbul".

In the Forty Rules of Love a story unfolds with two  parallel narratives- one contemporary and the other set in the 13th century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, a whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz-that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

The novel  illuminates the differences between religion and spirituality and inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

Funky Cihangir

Apaçi dance in Turkey