Tag: Uzbekistan

Nasiba: “When I finish the Suzana I feel very happy”

In the middle of June, Bukhara embraces one of the most ancient arts which still survives in the Uzbek tradition: the Suzani. The name Suzani comes from the Persian word “Suzan” which means “needle”. The Suzani tradition was born in Central Asia in the XIV century. Suzani reaches its climax during the Silk Route, the commercial and cultural route between Europe, Turkey, China and the muslim world as well as the destiny of merchants, caravaneers and travellers.

Plano Americano de Nasiba. Conversación en Bujará, Uzbekistán. Fuente: www.ritapouso.com

Nasiba’s American Shot. Conversation in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Clara: “For me happiness is a synonym of love”

Registan is the heart of Samarkand. The square was the muscle pump of the Silk Road as well as the meeting point of scholars, scientists and merchants. Overwhelmed by my imagination which is driving me to the ancient commercial route in Central Asia, the noise of the refurbishment of the architectural heritage awakens my sixth sense. I was about to meet up a dishevelled and attractive Marco Polo.

Clara's American Shot. Conversation in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Clara’s American Shot. Conversation in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Anora: “For me happiness is health”

Anora was facing the Wishing Tree from Bahovaddin Nakshbandi’s mausoleum. According to legend, the Saint Nakshbandi arrived from the Mecca with a half metre stone and a stick. The stick would have grown up as a mulberry tree. Nowadays, in the Sufi sanctuary you can find a mulberry trunk of 700 years old as a symbol of the legend. The pilgrims and the Uzbek people that visit the mausoleum make three laps around the tree trunk while they make a wish and try to pull off a splinter from the trunk.

Anora's American Shot. Conversation in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Anora’s American Shot. Conversation in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Svetlana: “For me happiness is the state of heart in which I am”

“Nice lipstick”. Those are the first words she pronounced when we started talking. Svetlana is 29 years old. She is originally from Uzbekistan. She was born in a small city near Tashkent.

Svetlana's American Shot. Conversation in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Svetlana’s American Shot. Conversation in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Rano: “Seeing the people you love and adore. That is happiness”

Minutes before entering the most administrative yurt in Kizilkum’s desert, Rano counts the expenses made by the tourists. She does that on a notebook which once in a while had white sheets of paper and that now see its edges fighting against gravity. She helps herself with a calculator. The interview, simultaneously translated by the guide Ahror, has rhythm. It is fluent. Rano finishes a sentence and she makes a pause, waiting for Ahror to translate the answer to me. Her 15 years experience as an Uzbek teacher, both language and literature, are glimpsed during the 13 minutes and 54 seconds of the interview.

Rano's American Shot. Conversation in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Rano’s American Shot. Conversation in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Nargiza: “For me happiness is that my husband doesn’t cheat on me”

When I just finished interviewing Zubayda, Nargiza entered stealthily into the restaurant. Her light grey eyes enlightened her face.

Plano americano de Nargiza. Conversación en Jiva, Uzbekistán. Fuente. www.ritapouso.com

Nargiza’s American Shot. Conversation in Khiva, Ouzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

Zubayda: “For me happiness is my family and having my children”

Khiva’s high temperature leads me to a restaurant which is near to Islom Xo’ja minaret. Zubayda is sitting down in the corner of a long table, having dinner. She offers me a glass of water. She has got a dark and weather-beaten skin and she speaks in a flat uzbek, smoothly.

Plano americano de Zubayda. Conversación en Jiva, Uzbekistán. Fuente: www.ritapouso.com

Zubayda’s American Shot. Conversation in Jiva, Ouzbekistan. Source: www.ritapouso.com

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