By Suzanna Clarke
The Medina -- the previous urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on this planet. within this vivid Moroccan group, web cafes and cellphones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer platforms, and Arab-style homes, wonderful with elaborate, if usually shabby, mosaic paintings.
While touring in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique elegance, utilizing basically conventional craftsmen and hand-crafted fabrics. So starts off a notable event that's bewildering, every now and then hilarious, and finally immensely lucrative.
A condo in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it is usually a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. whilst the riad is eventually lower back to its former glory, Suzanna reveals she has not only restored an previous condominium, but additionally her soul.
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In general, Indians express difficult messages in two ways: by what they do not say and by what they don’t quite say, for example, by implying, hinting, or suggesting rather than by being explicit. What Is Not Said For the reasons we have already examined, the expectation that people will say what other people want to hear—that they will agree with you, for example, that they are going to meet a deadline, that they are able to do something that has been asked of them, that they will give positive feedback on a suggestion or idea, that they don’t need any help—this expectation is so deep in Indian culture, so automatic and instinctive, that it is sufficient for an Indian merely to refrain from saying something positive for another Indian to actually hear something negative.
Raj, in short, is becoming Westernized, and because he is becoming Westernized, Westerners are finding it increasingly easy to understand and work with him. Raj will never become completely Westernized, of course; he will most likely adopt Western behaviors in some circumstances but not others and will typically revert to “type” (his Indian self) when he is Indians, Westerners, and the Cultural Lens 7 under a lot of pressure. In other words, while Westerners can reasonably expect fewer cultural misunderstandings with Westernized Indians like Raj, they should still be careful not to mistake a few outward trappings of Western behavior for a complete personality change.
Honesty and openness are achieved through the use of precise, straightforward language” (Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey 1988, 102). But even Westerners know that you can’t always say what you’re thinking or mean everything you say. Westerners are not completely oblivious to the feelings of others, after all, and are, in fact, quite capable of being diplomatic and tactful when the occasion calls for it. But that’s just the point: the occasion calls for it far less often in the West than in India. Needless to say, there isn’t much room in such a scheme for hearing what people don’t say or what they don’t quite say, for reading between the Communication East and Communication West 33 lines, or for otherwise sensing or somehow intuiting the message.