tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Tuque Souq: On Route to India

Ladies and gentlemen, fans of the Tuque Souq, all of you readers and well-wishers... we welcome you to the new Tuque Souq, soon to be blogging live from India, in the state of Orissa.

WHAT'S NEW: Well, nothing just yet. Your humble Tuque Souq blogger is departing for India on March 2, 2010, for a year (at least) in India.

WHAT'S OLD: The Tuque Souq as you knew it--the oft-times satirical news digest following the goings-on in the Middle East--will take a hiatus of sorts. You can still search the Tuque Souq archives for old articles, and browse some of our enduring favourite "bureaus":
Somali Piracy Watch
The Fate of Nazem Kadri
Save Mohamed Kohail
The Shoe Intifada
Hummus War
The Lightness of Being Qaddafi
Swine Flu o'er the Cuckoo's Nest
Plus our award-winning How to Start Your Own Israeli Settlement.

If you've never visited the Tuque Souq before, you'll want to check out our most beloved (and most linked and referenced) post ever, A Tuque by any other name... or check out how the Tuque Souq got started in the first place.

Special note for soccer fans: our popular World Cup 2010 coverage will continue, despite India's lack of representation in South Africa (or ability to field a team ranked higher than 125th in the world, despite a billion-strong potential talent pool).

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THE FUTURE: At this point about as much as this blogger can, which is very little. I'll be in Delhi for the month of March, then moving to take up a position with the People's Rural Education Movement (PREM) in and around the town of Berhampur.

My position and work is through CUSO-VSO, a global development-work-placement network.

When next the Tuque Souq reports, it will be live from India!