A tiny Paradise in vast Turkey

Friday December 06, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Nilgun Niord wrote Cennet Adalari (meaning Paradise Island), and her husband Leif. 19120537 Nilgun Niord wrote Cennet Adalari (meaning Paradise Island), and her husband Leif. 19120537

A memoir about Cook Islands and its people is helping support needy university students in Turkey.

 

The book titled Cennet Adalari, meaning Paradise Island, is in the Turkish language. It is penned by Nilgun Niord.

Nilgun and her husband Leif have been visiting Rarotonga for the past 10 years. She started writing memoirs of her visit here and decided to print them into books.

A Turkish-based foundation is selling the books and all proceedings go towards providing scholarships to students who can’t afford to pay university fees.

“Before Rarotonga, we had been going to other Pacific islands and there is a brief information on Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji, Australia but majority of the book is about the Cook Islands,” Nilgun said.

“The book is not only about memoirs or a traveller’s account but it also has some basic facts, geography and history of the island.”

She said the book narrated the beauty of the island and its people.

“Everything is so fantastic on this island, easy life and very friendly, caring people. We admire the way Rarotongan people keep their traditions and culture and exhibit them.”

Nilgun said many people in Turkey had no idea about the Cook Islands and the book had created an awareness for those interested in coming here for a holiday.    

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