KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 10 (BISHKEK – WANDERING AROUND THE CITY X – THE WRITER)

by Antonio Gil July. 11, 2017 1005 views

We were wandering around a garden when we came across this gentleman. We started talking with him, and using Russian, English, Kyrgyz, sign language and so on we understood he was a writer. After a while I was surprised when he laid his bag on the floor and slowly removed a book from it. Then he asked my name and wrote a dedication in the beginning of the book he had written and he gave it to me. This shows once more how kind and friendly this people are. When I returned home I googled his name - Абдимитал Камалов - and found out he belongs to the Union of Russian Writers.

Teresa and Абдимитал

Teresa and Абдимитал

The book he gave me

The book he gave me

Writing his dedication - taken by Teresa

Writing his dedication - taken by Teresa

Second word is my name – Gil -  in Kyrgyz - taken by Teresa

Second word is my name – Gil - in Kyrgyz - taken by Teresa

The moment he handed me his book - a gesture I will never forget

The moment he handed me his book - a gesture I will never forget

♫♫ Leonard Cohen - How to speak poetry♫♫

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Emilia 2 years, 4 months ago
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Antonio Gil Replied to Emilia 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much Emilia

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- Kim - 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for sharing such an interesting story.  I love the photos, especially Picture #1.

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Antonio Gil Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 4 months ago

My pleasure dear Kim smiley

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Aniket Pant 2 years, 4 months ago

What a lovely story!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aniket Pant 2 years, 4 months ago

That's one of the reasons I love to travel. Thanks my friend

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Ugyen Norbu 2 years, 4 months ago

Great work Antonio.. One thing that constantly baffles me is to approach stranger especially when I have photography in my mind. Your work inspires me as always.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Ugyen Norbu 2 years, 4 months ago

I have exactly the same problem. I usually can do it abroad but at home is almost impossible to me to ask a stranger to take his/her picture. Thanks my friend

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Pam Brighton 2 years, 4 months ago

That is an amazing gesture and how clever you and Teresa are to be able to communicate with him. Very serious gentleman!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Pam Brighton 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes he was. We could read his dignity in his posture and eyes.

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Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

Awesome experience .

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

It sure was. I always come richer from every travel I make. Thanks my friend

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

You are getting a real feel for this country and its people, a gentle soul feels that and I think you have encountered one.A poet collect by his senses and feelings flow out of his fingers on the maiden paper, you had a lovely moment there. As always very nice photos.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind, beautiful and insightful comment Peter. It touched me.

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Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic portraits and an even lovelier story.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 4 months ago

That's why I like to travel so much. Thanks dear Stephanie

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

#2 looks like he's wearing the same hat, suit & medal on the cover of the book....
You two must have made quite an impression on this extraordinary gentleman....
What a treat and an honor to have met him!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

It is a poetry book, and this proves there's a language that everyone speaks. I will never forget this little experience in my life. Thanks Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

I'll bet you can find someone to translate the book for you.....although, in poetry, the sentiments may be lost in the translation......but it would be worth a try, I'd say! He must have seen a kindred spirit in you two, to have engaged you & shared his deepest musings....What a blessing!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

I've tried but no one speaks Kyrgyz around here, and the few who speak Russian do not understand most of the words (I was only able to translate the dedication - and it says "to my friend Gil from Абдимитал"),  so I will just keep it like it is.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

I understand.....

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Francesc 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting story and I hope an exciting book....Great portrait

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe it is although I cannot read it smiley My knowledge of Kyrgyz is zero. Thanks my friend

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Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Great story and photos ! That's really a very very special moment in your life ! He is really an remarkable appearance.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much Heike. That's why travelling is so rewarding. smile

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