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Monday, September 12

Best Regards...


I send my best regards
to a house that taught us love and mercy.
To your white flowers,
the best in the neighborhood.
To my bed, to my books,
to all of the kids in the alley.
To all of these walls we covered
with noise from our writings.
To the lazy cat sleeping on the balcony.
To the lilac climbing bush the neighbor's window.

Taken from “Five Letters to my Mother” by Nizar Qabbani

15 Comments:

  • 1- hmmm, never occured to me you are a Qabani kinna people :P

    2- Whose house is that?

    By Blogger Ihsan, at 12/9/05 8:30 PM  

  • Tha house is amazing. I want one now!

    By Blogger Omar, at 13/9/05 6:11 AM  

  • I like Kabbani too :)
    Thanks ghalia.

    By Blogger Hasan Bazerbashi, at 13/9/05 12:13 PM  

  • the memories of being in such a house are tickling my mind still .. and nizar's poem brought me closer to the edge of ecstacy.. I almost can taste the me7shi on the tip of my tongue while sitting next to that fountain ... hmmm ... I guess we are living the nigthmare verison of this nice dreams in out cement houses

    By Blogger GraY FoX, at 13/9/05 5:57 PM  

  • where did u get this house from?

    By Blogger no one, at 13/9/05 6:53 PM  

  • I don’t know whose house is this! It is locate in Bab Sharqi, near the The House of Ananias (Hanania Chapel). They always keep the door open for tourists!

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 13/9/05 7:33 PM  

  • This house would look really nice if renovated but in this condition it doesn't stand out.

    By Blogger Ahmad, at 13/9/05 11:43 PM  

  • honestly i never really read anything for nizar before i heard kazem al saher ...

    i didn't like kazem so i thought i might as well read what nizar had to say ...

    By Blogger Ahmad Nassri (i N F i N i T E), at 14/9/05 1:52 AM  

  • This hous is called th castle of Na3ssan. and it located in Bab Sharky near st.Hanania church.

    By Blogger Amr Faham, at 21/9/05 11:09 AM  

  • oops and BTW, i never loved Nizar.

    By Blogger Amr Faham, at 21/9/05 11:10 AM  

  • Very nice Blog and pictures!! So many Syrian bloggers.

    How many Syrian bloggers are out there?

    I wonder if all of us can put all those Syrian pictures together and start an all inclusive website that streams radio (techno, rap, and arabic songs) while presenting slides of Syrian places. We definately need more pictures of people (cute ones only).

    Such a site would be a great PR for Syria..I can take care of some pictures and the streaming radio.

    Let me know.

    By Blogger One Disobedient Mofo, at 21/9/05 5:34 PM  

  • Ghalia ,if I am not mistaken this is the Nassan( Na3ssan) family original residence first floor is a closed privet museum and the second floor two of the old aunt still live there with front door always opened to a small ally on St Hanaia church ,this christian family revitalised the work and local make of the Silk damask and gold brocade the most costly of the traditional Damascus textiles produced in Damascus. After the collapse of the textile market in the mid-nine­teenth century, this known respected family deliberately concentrated on the production of these luxury fabrics for a well-heeled local and European clientele. But despite many efforts and the introduction of Jacquard looms, the production of the beautiful fabrics with their delicate and complicated patterns has now almost vanished. Of the old looms only a handful at the Nassan shop and factory at Bab Sherki are still in operation, most now lie unused as sad piles of timber.

    There was nostalgia in the eyes and voice of the merchants and the old weaver of Nassan & Co. in Damascus when they showed me with a couple of my friends , their brocades and explained the patterns with their romantic names: one pattern that is still sought-after is called Queen Elizabeth" or "Lovebirds". According to the stories, Queen Elizabeth of England was asked at the time of her coronation what she wanted as a present from Syria. Her reply was silk brocade.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23/9/05 4:34 PM  

  • THank you all for ur comments... and a special thanx to Mr. Anonymous for providing us with these valuable information.

    @One Disobedient Motherfucker: Would you plz explain more:)?

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 25/9/05 11:31 AM  

  • i always wished i could live in such place...at least i'll get to play with cats! :)

    By Blogger Sharks, at 25/9/05 11:47 AM  

  • MF, Rap music, Old damascene houses, and Nizar in one blog?

    What do we call it? snoop damscus dog?

    3an jad esim 3ala mosamma

    By Blogger Amr T, at 22/1/06 2:31 PM  

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