The dice are rolled. The random numbers are counted. And the black and white pieces are moved in haste. I am sitting in a tea garden in Nilufer, Bursa, watching my host father play tavli (backgammon) against his Turkish counterpart. Again and again the dice are rolled, the random numbers are counted, pieces are moved, and it feels like a repetitive cycle that is only broken for a sip of tea or simultaneous snickering. This repetition makes me think of my daily routine in Turkey, although my days are hardly monotonous and sometime have the randomness of the dice.
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