Nasreddin Hodja


Nasreddin Hodja is one of the legendary wits of Turkish culture. He is believed to have lived around the time of Tamburlane, the crippled, while the Mongolian leader was ruling in Anatolia. His stories, the stories of what befall him rather, are some of
the most hilarious in the Turkish literature. Not only for children is it a great gift but for everyone who wants to ride into the Anatolian sense of humor full gallop.


One day Hodja was wandering in the marketplace, checking out the stands as he always did. On one of them, he noticed a different bird he had never seen in his life before.  A bird with strange colors. A merchant was shouting out its price.

   ” One hundred “.

One hundred for a bird !? Having been startled at the price of the bird, probably good for nothing as he thought,  Hodja rushed to his house and fetched his precious turkey over. Finding a place next to the man selling the bird, he began shouting out :

   ” Two hundred, two hundred for turkey”. People around him started to laugh. An ordinary bird like turkey could never go for a price like that.

   “But, he is selling that weird, useless one for one hundred “, Hodja tried to explain.

   “No!”, they said. ” it is a parrot “.

   ” Well, so what ? What does a parrot do ? ” asked Hodja.

   ” Don’t you know Hodja ” they replied all at once ” a parrot speaks “.

   Never have expected an answer like this, Hodja paused for a moment and as if  he wasn’t impressed at all and he went on

   ” If a parrot speaks, a turkey meditates “.



2 Responses

  1. Merhaba, Mr Evren.

    This is hilarious!! You present it better than Cem Yılmaz ;)))

    By the way, hocam (if I may call you so), I recently came across a joke by Cem Yılmaz about Nasreddin Hoca, in Youtube. I think he was in a reality game show or something and the hostess asked him to tell a joke in English. It was funny despite the fact that I didn’t really understand what he was trying to say. Especially when he said “I’m mayaling the lake”. Could you please kindly explain to me what he meant by that, hocam? Thank you 🙂

  2. mixing. he means that hojda was mixing some yugourt with lake to make the lake became yogourt entirely.

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