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Istanbul’s Pasha and his Parrot: Talk of the Town | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Nazim Cihan and his parrot. Asharq Al-Awsat

Ankara- Nazim Cihan, a background Turkish actor who appeared in many TV series, has attracted people in Turkey while wandering in Istanbul’s streets wearing an Ottoman Pasha outfit and holding a beautiful colored parrot on his shoulder known as “Pasha”.

Cihan wanders in Istanbul’s streets with his parrot, attracting people’s attention with his Ottoman attire to express his deep respect for the Sultanate era.

Cihan, 43, who performed many silent roles in famous Turkish series like “The Valley of the Wolves” and “The Back Alleys”, has become – with his parrot “Pasha”- an exceptional phenomenon in Istanbul over the past three years.

On the roads, people crowd around Cihan and his parrot, insist on taking photos, and ask him questions on his pet.

He has also made headlines in the media; TV channels and newspapers have rushed to cover Cihan and his parrot, calling him “another pasha in Istanbul”, especially that he is always keen to express his respect for the Ottoman Empire.

Cihan said he has exceptional emotions for his parrot. They both eat from the same plate and Pasha has feelings towards him.

“Pasha is a very emotional parrot and knows very well my character; when I feel happy, it laughs and plays with me, and it also reacts when I feel nervous or tired”, the man said.

Cihan has rejected many offers to sell the parrot and says their relation is very strong. Pasha is most important than the actor’s wallet and phone, as he can never forget it and feels empty when he goes somewhere without bringing it along with him.