Report of 16th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting!

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Dear Friends,

On the evening of November 30,2016, we met at the beautiful Nola Restaurant, in Galata Istanbul. The weather was cold and gloomy so I did not expect many to show up but contrary to what I expected, we were a nice group of approximately 25 Curious Souls!img_2294

We first had some free time to catch up with friends and meet with the ones who were there for the first time.img_2196

Later we started watching the first TED Talk that I selected for our group. It was a talk of Graham Shaw who asked the question “Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that?.”

In this talk Shaw explains that drawing can be very simple and he guides everyone to draw cartoons speedily. While watching the talk, we had paper and pens ready and our group followed Shaw’s guidelines! Outcome was surprising! Almost everybody drew fantastic cartoons and some of them even looked quite professional to me :-)).

At the end of the talk, Shaw explains how a simple act of drawing can have the power to make a positive difference in the world and asks us to consider how many other beliefs we have about our incapabilities can be shattered if we only try.

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Our discussion on this subject was moderated by Ms.Eda Altan, who asked us wonderful and clever questions that spiced up our discussions. I would like to thank her for her contribution! We had a lively discussion! She even brought a beautiful Picasso painting that she drew some while ago, when she was inspired to challenge her belief that she could not draw anything except for stick figures! In fact, she said, it was quite surprising for her to realise that she could draw!

I wonder, whether this talk inspired anybody in our group to challenge their limiting beliefs about their capabilities or not? It inspired me a few!

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The second talk we watched was another interesting talk by a man called Michael Roach, who, while studying at Princeton university, went to a Budist monestry in Tibet and stayed there for 25 years. He was then sent back to New York by the monks, as a test, and was asked to form a diamond business and earn 1 million dollars in one year. He only had 7 dollars in his pocket. The monks wanted to see whether he learned the things they taught. Roach not only made 1 million dollars but also sold his company to Warren Buffet for 250 million dollars a couple of years later. In light of this experience, Roach says that it is possible to realise any wish, if you follow a precise 4 step formula! I suggest that you watch this talk to discover about this formula and share your views with me; do you agree or not?

You can guess easily that our discussion on this subject was also very interesting! Some expressed the view that they believed in his formula and wanted to give it a try, and some said that he was already an exceptionally clever person with the right resources and it was not the formula but his personnality that created the success. In any case, it was interesting to be informed of such a formula that has positive effects on people, and, who knows, that may even be true!


After this second talk, we ended our discussions there; yet we continued the evening with some more chat before leaving! It was nice to note once more that at the end of each Curious Souls’ meeting, everybody connects, even thought they maybe from different countries and different backgrounds!

Thank you, dear participants, for joining me at this event and I wish you all wonderful days, until we meet again!

If you would like to the rest of our photos for this event, click on this link!

With my kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

“Curious Souls Get Together” – 16th meeting at NOLA Istanbul!

screenshot-from-2016-11-15-112607Dear Friends,

Are you fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life? Do you have an insatiable desire to learn more? Do you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds, and are you filled with appreciation for great talents? In short, are you a “Curious Soul”?

If you are, then, let’s get together once again and watch interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks ( and have an exchange of views after each talk.

nolaIf you are ready to experience the flourishing of diverse ideas, if you would like to express yourself, expand your horizon and grow together, and while doing all these have an enjoyable time, then I invite you to come and join us at our 16th meeting!

The venue of our meeting is the beautiful NOLA Istanbul in Galata Istanbul. I am sure you will like it.

nola-logoI kindly request you to confirm your attendance and while I look forward to seeing you all at our 16th meeting, I wish you all the best!

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂


STARTS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 20:00 pm
ENDS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 23:00 pm
LOCATION : NOLA Istanbul (
ADDRESS : Galata Kulesi Sokak No:10 Beyoğlu İstanbul, Türkiye
TEL: 0 (212) 243 17 17
MEETING POINT : At the venue
FEE : 30 TL (one drink included)


Announcement “Curious Souls Get Together”-15th Meeting:

Dear Curious Souls,

I would like to inform you that we will be having our 15th meeting at the beautiful venue, SIRCACİ 14, in Yeniköy. Please check the map below for directions.


As you know, at our meetings, we watch 3 or 4 very interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks ( and after each talk, we have an exchange of views to share our own ideas.
Sircaci14So, if you are fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life, if you have an insatiable desire to learn more, if you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds and if  you are filled with appreciation for great talents; then it means you are a “Curious Soul” and I then, invite you to join us at our 15th meeting?

Get  ready! …as you will  experience the flourishing of diverse ideas; expand your horizons, express yourself,  grow together; and while doing all this,  will definitaley pass an enjoyable time together :-))

So,  while I impatiently look forward to seeing you all, I wish you, a very pleasant week ahead.

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

STARTS : May 8, 2015, Sunday 16:00
ENDS : May 8, 2015, Sunday 19:30
ADDRESS : Köybaşı Cad. No: 14 Yeniköy / İstanbul
TEL :  0 (212) 299 5016
MEETING POINT : At the venue (meeting venue is approximately 5-6 km away from the closest metro stops. You can then take a taxi from there to Sircaci 14)
FEE : 20 TL  (inclusive of 1 glass of wine or corresponding drink)


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Announcement for a Curious Souls’ Cafe meeting:

Dear Curious Souls :-))

It’s been a very long time since we had our meetings, and I hope, during this time, you have all been doing great!

Unfortunately, I was unable to organise a regular Curious Souls event since a very long time. So with an intention to catch up, I would like to invite you to join me at a cozy cafe, one evening after work.

The venue that I propose to meet is Caddebostan Tennis Club’s cafe where we can relax and exchange views comfortably. There is food and drinks available with very reasonable prices and venue is accessable from the European side easily with minibuses (dolmus).Screenshot from 2015-12-06 21:12:22

At this meeting, I propose to have exchange of views on one TED Talk or one general topic of interest only. This way we will not only have more time to socialise with friends, we will also have the pleasure of broadening our perspecitives by exchanging views.

At this meeting, I would also like to talk about our Curious Souls’ group in general! I would like to learn what you think our group’s aims and scope are, whether new and more concrete aims could be introduced or not, and your proposals on how our meetings should be organised.

So while I look forward to our event, I wish you all a fantastic week!

With my kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂Screenshot from 2015-12-06 21:15:37

STARTS     : December 17, 2015, Thursday 19:30
ENDS          : December 17, 2015, Thursday 19:30
LOCATION : Vakıf Tenis Kafe (
ADDRESS  : Caddebostan Mh., 34728 Kadıköy/İstanbul
TEL              : 0 0216 357 5871
MEETING POINT : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE : None (everyone pays for his/her food and drink)