Morning in Cairo


Image: Wikigallery

Image: Wikigallery

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Outside, the clouds were rapidly sailing in the vast ocean of azure sky, while cool breeze blew from the north as if reminding people, animals, and plants of the arrival of a new season.

Soon after dressing up, both Nasheva and the Princess had breakfast. They then went into the chariot that had waited for them. It did not take long for the charioteer to take them to the city center. Like a city center of no other, Cairo’s was a warren of streets bustling with life where a huge field in which horse-racing is usually held, a big park, market stalls, and mosques in innumerable quantity were seen. In many streets, the incessant clamors coming from the haggling of customers and the playful shrieks of children flying kites were heard.

Above Nasheva’s head now was the stall that had just recently been built by the order of the Sultan. The concentric in shape stall was impeccably designed with intricate wooden carving and calligraphies. The bases of the stall were covered with rug made of sheepskin and wool, while the bars were made of carved fig-wood and were canonical in form with their corners that were joined and strengthened by silver crossbars. The wooden bar above the head was intricately carved with the prancing lion that became Sultan Baybars’ sultanate symbol. Nasheva saw the distance that the stall had with the surrounding bazaars was useful not only to allow some space for the flocking Egyptians, but also to provide them respite from the incessant clamors of the merchants and buyers who were in close proximity.

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17 thoughts on “Morning in Cairo

  1. You’ve brought the scene to life beautifully Subhan, I can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the streets, smell the spices and see the vibrant colours in my mind. May I make one minor suggestion on the last line? Perhaps changing ‘convenience’ to ‘respite,’ so it reads ‘but also to provide them respite from the incessant clamors of the merchants and buyers who were in close proximity.’ – assuming you mean a break/quiet spot? If not, please ignore my suggestion! I look forward to reading your next post and seeing and hearing it come alive in my mind!

    • Rachael, I appreciate your suggestion. Thank you. I just looked up the meaning of ‘respite’ and found that it is exactly the word I meant. The post will be amended. Thank you again. I’ll write you an email. Blessings and love to you, xoxo

  2. Very vivid! Wonderful! Have you done a lot of historical research for your writings? For example, the fig wood with silver sounds very authentic, as do many of the things you say, as though you were actually there.

  3. You drew a beautiful image of the hustle and bustle of the streets. Cairo must be an overcrowded city. I wonder what Nasheva had for breakfast.. Thank you for your lovely post,Subhan.

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