Kebabo on one side and Beads on the other

‘Cats and Books’, the third of Ülkü Tamer’s ‘All Writings’, and ‘Other Cans’, in which Beşir Ayvazoğlu wrote about the animal kingdom in the literary world, were published. In Tamer’s book, I liked ‘Cats’ the most, and Kebabo among the cats in this section. The life of Ayvazoğlu, who lived as a “catless cat lover” for many years, changed with Boncuk.

Reading his book, which includes eighteen cats, eleven dogs, twelve donkeys, seven crows, six storks and seven pigeons, I took Tamer’s Kebabo on one side and Boncuk on the other.


The third volume of the “All Articles” series, which my dear brother Turgay Anar compiled and prepared for publication by Ülkü Tamer’s articles that remained in magazines and newspapers for Ketebe Publications, has been published under the title “Cats and Books”. Ülkü Tamer, with her love for cats, books, cinema and comics, has always been a writer I “feel close to”. I had read most of the ‘Cats and Books’ articles, but only realized what an original stylist Ülkü Tamer was through Turgay Anar’s compilation. Ülkü Tamer was not a “reviewer”, so she never wrote book reviews with “objective criteria”. He was an “easygoing” who only drew his readers’ attention to the books he liked. It made his writing “different” to me. Ülkü Tamer’s “book writings” may have been underestimated by many over these years, but if they read these “book writings” together now, I’m sure they would appreciate it very much .

I liked the “Cats” part of the third volume of “All Articles” the most, and Kebabo the most among the cats in this part. Kebabo was the king of Hacı Emin Street in Nişantaşı. In fact, kebab maker Oktay didn’t have a name when his father started giving him kebab. Afterwards, Ülkü Tamer’s wife, Neslihan Hanım, called him “Kebabo” because she had a kebab cat, and this name was accepted without objection by the residents of the neighborhood. But no one knew Kebabo’s age; He was only presumed to be very old because he had no teeth left in his mouth, his feathers were falling out, and his meows sounded like the creaking of a rusty door. On the other hand, he did not hesitate to disappear from the time when he had become a womanizer, and on his return, he did not hesitate to taunt Sarıkız and Çekirdek, the neighborhood dogs. Ülkü and Neslihan couldn’t stand it, so they decided to show it to vet Ahmet in Arnavutköy. Vet Ahmet’s first reaction was “Wow! What is that?’ dead. He was well over twenty, she said. It may even be the oldest cat in the world. Veterinarian Ahmet pulled out a single broken tooth from Kebabo’s mouth, treated him with serum and vitamins for almost three months, and when he was ten years younger, he was brought back to Hacı Emin Street. The neighborhood turned into a place of feast, its visitors lined up in front of the Kebabçı Oktay shop, and grilled chicken was offered to it. Everyone thought Kebabo would live another thirty years, but on the seventh day of his return they found him dead on the sidewalk. They called the vet Ahmet, he diagnosed “heart failure”. Kebabo, who left all the street cats orphans, was buried under a tree in the park with a ceremony. Upon leaving, Hacı Emin Street became deserted…


Two days after finishing reading “Cats and Books”, at the April 15 meeting of Muhibban, our literary society, in the Bayezid Library, my brother Beşir Ayvazoğlu presented his book titled “Other Souls”, which was just released. by Kapi Publishing. As much as I loved Harun Tan’s cover for ‘Cats and Books’, so much I loved Füsun Turcan Elmasoğlu’s cover for ‘Other Cans’. “Other Canlar” is one of the best books I’ve read in years. I couldn’t drop “Other Canlars” on the night of April 15 and the day of April 16. The book contains essays of eighteen cats, eleven dogs, twelve donkeys, seven crows, six storks and seven pigeons. While I was reading ‘The Other Souls’, I took Ülkü Tamer’s Kebabo on one side and Brother Beşir’s Boncuk on the other. The lives of his older brother Beşir, who lived as a “catless cat lover” for many years, and his wife, “who is not at peace with cats”, changed with Boncuk. Thanks to actress Boncuk, Handan first got acquainted with cats, then she began to hug her and even put little kisses on her cheeks. The cats in Handan Hanım’s life were quite numerous today. He had one cat at home, two for his son, and many cats in his garden, such as Pajamas, Dalmatians, Slut, Cabbar, Bow Tie, Refik, Refika and Karaboncuk. But Bead seems to have benefited Bashir the most, as it saved him from being a “catless cat lover”…

The Stork Trials of Brother Beşir completed the days when my late mother took me and my brother to visit the storks of the Eyüp Mosque. Unlike many people, I really like crows. Not only are they smart, but they are also one of nature’s bravest animals. In 1984, when I did my military service, I repeatedly witnessed how they fought falcons or hawks in Isparta.



The texts of ‘Big Cat Massacre’ and ‘Passengers to the Unforgiven’ in Ayvazoğlu’s book ‘Other Canlar’ are soul-wounding essays. What surprised me the most about the stray dog ​​slaughter was the hostility towards Şinasi’s dogs. For some reason I missed this aspect. I remember very well Cemil Topuzlu writing that he had tens of thousands of dogs killed, and Bedrettin Dalan’s statement in 1987 that he wanted to buy twenty-five dog slaughter trucks for the municipality, but the hatred of Şinasi’s dogs had vanished from my mind. Don’t forget that Ahmed Râsim and Şevket Arı’s defense of donkey rights and the best donkey story was written by Fikret Ürgüp. His story “The Journey”, which consists of only twenty-one lines and six paragraphs, is in my opinion the most beautiful and heartbreaking story in Turkish literature.

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