Sunday, December 17, 2006

Falaka in school

From Ayni's book 'Maktabi köhna' - 'The Old School'. What a pleasant book for children. (Actually it's quite interesting and, really, it is.)
Most books that I've read here are from the Soviet times, that's why the pages are yellow.
This is what Wikipedia says about Falaka: This type of beating is excruciatingly painful – the sole of the foot is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body. It was considered humiliating as well, and generally reserved for the lower classes, though a variant was also used in schoolrooms with unruly children.

Outside of Varzob Bozor

Just outside of Varzob Bozor. Strange weather.

Yellow stuff

Took this photo from one of Muallima's windows. He's selling some sort of maize product. Didn't quite get what it was but it's sweet anyway. He stands there all day, selling it to school children. Notice the toqi.


The first time a lady came, telling me off for having too many windows open. In chi gap? Close some windows your stealing all the Internet! Stop downloading so many pictures!'

'Ok, Ok,' I said and closed some windows, just for show. Two minutes later a guy comes, saying the same thing in Russian. I know this because I could distinctly hear 'zakrit'. So I closed some more windows. Stupid idiots. If I pay one extra Somoni, I could surf unhindered at Plazma. But no, I have to come to this crummy cafe and surf with one window at a time.

NB. I was just surfing some ordinary Swedish news sites. But I tend to have alot of windows open, yes, becuase it's the Internet is soo slow.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Who needs windows when you can have holes in the wall.

Flourescent laundry

If it's sunny, you'd better take advantage of it. Even if it's in the middle of winter. Come to think of it, I really should do some laundry myself. Crud...

Christmas Decorations