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‘Morroco – usual & unusual’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Morocco  is located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a mountainous interior and large portions of desert. The country has  a population of over 32 million and an area of 446,550 square kilometres. Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Fes, Agadir and, Meknes, Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, African, and European influences.

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A rough map of Morroco

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A de rigueur photo shot of camel ride in the Saharan desert. I am on the extreme right

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Popular Morrocon dish of Chicken tagine with almonds. Tagine is both a way of cooking as well as the pot in which it is cooked. The dish is cooked in this pot and then served sizzling hot.

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This is an extremely popular photo shot and one sees it in posters, tourist books and as picture post cards where ever one goes in Morroco. You just can not ignore these eyes!

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Colourful tiles are used profusely.

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This was an unusual advertisement that I saw pasted in a coffee shop.

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Two famous Morrocon actresses of yester years. The one on the right is Souad Housni.

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A popular Morrocon film hero of mid 1970s- Rochdi Abada.

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The famous Indian music director Madan Mohan (L) who died in 1975 and the one time hero of Hindi films late Suresh (R). Notice how the three gentlemen look alike!

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 Singer Hindi Zahra (Photo source: Wikipedia)

‘Hindi Zahra’ is a Franco-Moroccan singer. ‘Hind’ means India and ‘Hindi’ means coming from India. ‘Hindi’ is also the official language of India. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name. Her songs are mostly in English but some lyrics as in the song Imik Si Mik are in the Berber languages.

The well known French actor Jean Reno was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who had moved to North Africa.  Jean Reno settled in France at 17.

Incidentaly Ibn Batuta, the Morrocon traveller of Berber origin came to India in the 14th century.  He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla.

 

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Want to buy one of these?

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An interior street- absolutely clean and tidy.

Useful information: 

Air fare: Delhi to Casablanca return airfare starts from Rs.59,000/- upwards (indicative)

Morroco Tourism Board website:  http://www.visitmorocco.com/index.php/eng/

(Text with inputs from the internet)

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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Contact: kjschatrath@yahoo.co.in

 

One thought on “‘Morroco – usual & unusual’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

  1. Naresh Whig

    If you want to travel back in time by 2000 years, go to market square (souk) in Marrakesh late at night. The square is alive with fortune tellers calling out aloud, nomadic tradesmen who come from the desert selling their wares that include camels (miniatures) made out of leather and other leather products, snake charmers showing off their live collection. I mean you will be totally spellbound at this site surrounded by buildings that appear from byzantine era. Morocco is well known for leather products like jackets, belts and pouffes. Another interesting fact is that pigeon droppings are used to fix various dyes used in leather production. Colors never run.

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