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Water Pipe - Nargile
No matter what kind of storms shake this ancient city, within the smoky
and fragrant confines of the KEYIFLI NARGILE Salon all is right with the
world. The nargile, or Turkish water pipe, is no longer at the center of
Istanbul's social and political life, but the men who gather here each
day -- and the scattering of women who join them -- still consider it
one of life's great pleasures. They are heirs to a centuries-old
culture, and their worlds revolve around the soft sound of bubbling
water, the sensation of drawing filtered tobacco smoke through long
curled tubes, and an atmosphere of quiet camaraderie.
"Smoking a nargile is nothing like smoking a cigarette," an old
pensioner said as he looked up from his pipe.
"Cigarettes are for nervous people, competitive people, people on the
run," he said. "When you smoke a nargile, you have time to think. It
teaches you patience and tolerance, and gives you an appreciation of
good company. Nargile smokers have a much more balanced approach to life
than cigarette smokers."
Although many of the patrons at the KEYIFLI NARGILE Salon are of a
certain age, and although no one expects the stately nargile (pronounced
NARG-EE-LEH) ever to regain its supremancy in the tobacco world, the
water pipe culture here is in no danger of dying. Every year brings a
new crop of retirees, who have the time and often the desire to spend
hours in reflection. And on many evenings, students and other young
people join the older clientele.
Editor Recommends: KEYIFLI NARGILE at TOPHANE... The guy, Nurettin, will
prepare you wonderful flavours of Nargile...
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