A Fascinating Story: Ashik Garip
Xavier Luffin is lecturing Arabic language in University of Brussels and has a real passion for Easten culture (North Africa & Middle East). Recently he translated and published a tale: Ashik Garip ( Stranger Lover).Story takes you back to centuries ago when a poor young man in Tabriz ( Iran) fell in love with a rich girl in Tiflis(Georgia)by seeing her in his dream.Poor man, a poet,needs money to pay rich girl's father to be able to get his lover's hand....I think India can make a good movie of that.
Interesting thing is Luffin translated book from a special version which was written in 1914 in Ottoman Empire.This version is in Turkish language but written in Greek letters. In 1914, Turkey still used Arabic letters and Greek minorities or Armenians wrote Turkish language with their own letters!