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Not that hair transplants are the main thing in Turkey…

By Deepthi Nair

They were ubiquitous: outside the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, on Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square, aboard a Bosphorous cruise, on Galata Bridge, taking in views of the sunset or sitting beside me at that roadside kebab joint in Istanbul. At first sight, I was disgusted by what I saw: men with blood-soaked, bandaged heads with a triangle of red spots on their scalps. But later as I realised how common this sight was, it piqued my interest: was it a religious practice? Some kind of offering where they tonsured their hair and submitted it to deities? Continue reading Not that hair transplants are the main thing in Turkey…

Plan a trip to this salt mine that’s a short flight from Hitler’s abode

By Disha Dadlani

If your mother or father tells you that he/she loves you ‘more than salt’, just lap up the compliment. As I pen my salty adventure in the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, I’m reminded of my favourite bedtime story. It was about a king who wanted to determine which one of his three daughters loved him the most. Two daughters claimed that they loved their father more than all the riches in the world combined, but the third simply said that she loved her father ‘more than salt’. An infuriated father only learnt what she meant when he realised the importance of something as simple as salt. Continue reading Plan a trip to this salt mine that’s a short flight from Hitler’s abode