Stuart Jay Raj – Istanbul Turkey – Source of Evil Eye

Just as I thought we were going to finally get some sleep after a grueling trip from Bangkok to Istanbul via Egypt, and a night of shooting around Istanbul, our fixer sprung some news on us. As we were booked for an early morning flight out of Istanbul in the morning, the only window we could seek out the source of THE EVIL EYE would be after midnight that night. We drove for about 45 mins to the outskirts of Istanbul and then got lost for another 40 mins or so. Luckily the street gangs and drunks on the side of the road were very helpful and led us down a dark alley-way off the main road (which was already out of the way). What was waiting in the seemingly dilapidated factory / townhouse. This is where the bulk of the famous Turkish ‘EVIL EYES’ are made – by hand(s). Take a look! If you’re into languages, culture and pushing your minds to the limit, don’t forget to swing by my language, mind-skills and travel blog – ‘Behind the Curtain’ at … from ancient languages to accelerated learning techniques and deciphering codes, there’s bound to be something in there that tickles your fancy.

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.