Writers don’t believe a picture is worth a thousand words. Seven hundred–maybe.
Still, it’s a useful exercise for folk who look at pictures to be confronted with the implicit stories they usually wait for someone else to tell. So here are 39 pictures, all portraits from the markets, streets, attractions of Tashkent, Samarqand, and Bukhara. While I lay back and laze, you’re invited to choose any two or three and invent the character, the life, the temperament, the motive. Best story wins a prize from Trabzon, if I ever get there.