Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Twilight of the Turkish repairman

repair shopWhen my friend Kelly said she was taking her broken TV to the "television hospital," I laughed. But she wasn't kidding. Her Istanbul neighborhood is full of TV repair shops called just that.

One of the things I love about Turkey is how readily, and cheaply, it seems you can get almost anything repaired. But just as Americans and Europeans are starting to (re-)warm to the idea of fixing things up, the spread of throwaway culture to Turkey is threatening repairmen's livelihoods....

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2 comments:

Nomad said...

Related to nothing at all about the post- er sorry- I thought you might enjoy a poem I wrote years ago about Turkey. http://nomadicjoe.blogspot.com/2009/03/to-unknown-construction.html

NEW YORK MUHTARI said...

and how expensive everything in NY is.. I got two beautiful lamps from sale and it is almost a year that I could not find a reasonable priced repairman in NY area to put it together... same thing with the upholstery, I wish I could bring a handyman from Turkey without costing arm and leg... ah at times like this, I wish I live in Istanbul...