Thursday, 1 January 2009
holy smoke! قليان, قالیون, غلیون
Egyptians call it Sheesha, Lebanese refer to it as Nargila, in English, it is Hookah. We call it relaxation... This ancient water pipe has been used for centuries to smoke away the day's stress, while relaxing with friends in special ocations. There are so many different names for this unique smoking device. Some call it a hookah, hooka, shesha, huka, nargile, narghile, shisha, shesha, sheesha, nargila, or shishah. The "hookah" ("nargile" as it is known in the Middle East) has been the standard of smoking for centuries in the middle east and originated in Turkey thousands years ago...
"Hubbly bubbly" smoking is quite common at restaurants and cafes all across the middle east. This unique smoking experience is rapidly growing in popularity all over the world. Many people prefer "hookah" (nargile) smoking to cigarettes and cigars because of the smooth, flavourful, and cool taste of the smoke. Many people swear after trying the "Hookah" (nargile) that they will never go back to cigarettes or cigars. "Hookah" (nargile) pipes filter the flavoured smoke with cool water making each puff oh so sweet!! "hookahs" are of the highest quality and are made by skilled craftsmen who have been making these water pipes for centuries. There is great skill involved in making these unique smoking devices
Tobacco mixed with fruit molasses and honey is used when smoking out of a "hookah." Other names for this include: tabac, tombak, tumbak, gouza, guza, moassel, sheesha, etc. Specifically, the tobacco is a grounded up mixture of dried fruit pulp, flavoured molasses, and fresh tobacco leaves. The "shisha" (also known as "sheesha") tobacco comes in a variety of flavors including apple, apricot, strawberry, capuccino, mint, and the list just goes on and on
*Alice and the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland are part of the Walt Disney Letter Series. Caterpillar, facing right, sits on a pink pillow next to a pink mushroom, smoking his water pipe; he has blown the letter "A" in pinkish-grey glittery smoke. Alice, facing left, is either sitting or standing with her hands crossed at her waist*