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Finding Taisija’s and Mamadi’s grave.

Samarkand / Uzbekistan


After WW2 the sister of my wife’s grandma, Taisija, married the Tajik called Mamadi and they moved to Samarkand. Over there they started a good running business by trading flowers and after a few years they became a quite wealthy and respected family. Mamadi died in 1991. Taisija in 2000.


In May Victoria and me spent a wonderful time in Uzbekistan. My mother in law asked us to bring some flowers to their graves, if we have the chance to find it somewhere in Samarkand. So our seach began.


The only thing we knew was the street were they lived and that the cementary suppose to be near that street and that Taisija is the only Russian on that uzbek cementary…  …meant a piece of cake to me. But it wasn’t. Indeed we found that place…  ..but it was huge (#01). Ooops. ..or in other words, we were looking for the needle in a haystack. – ‘Ask, and you will be helped!‘ like this saying means..  ..and we asked. Our pretty good idea was to look for eldery people who may have known them and know where the grave is.


At the mortuary (!) we found a cock fight (..I would appreciate if you click here, but please come back to this story.. ..it’s good! Of course the cock fight story is also good.. ..but this story is more touching.. ..or human..  ..uuhh, you know what I mean..), but none who knew Taisija and Mamadi. But the gentlement on image #04 told us, that there is an other old russian woman living somewhere in this district… …’where?’…  ..’somewhere uphill’..


Honestly, I must say that this helpfullness of these people was terrific and cordial…   …as we will see later in our little story. So we asked around for this russian lady..  ..and we found a family (#07) that showed us where she is living. And we were lucky. She (#08, #09) although did not know where the grave was, but knew where a cousin lives, who could help us. Okay, I have to confess, we knew about this cousin. Even had his mobile number. Even called him (but the mobile was switched of, as we learned later, because he refused to pay his bills). But I didn’t mentioned him at the beginning of this story because my little storytelling-for-dummies-guide says that good to conceal some details to keep the story more thrilling.


Not only that the family that showed us the house of the russian lady, was a really big help to us .. … they even offered us (without being ask) to give us a lift to that place. Wow. Like I said, I love the people over there and I decided if ever an Uzbek will ask my in Germany about his cousins place.. ..sure…   ..I will give him a lift. Promised!


So, we finaly got to that place where we will get help…  …and we knocked the door…


to be continued



24 responses

  1. Berührende Geschichte. Bin schon gespannt auf die Fortsetzung! 🙂
    Die Bilder sind wie immer großartig. Vor allem das Portrait des alten Mannes und das süße Mädchen an der verzierten Türe!

    Liebe Grüße!

    October 8, 2019 at 11:14

    • Das war wirklich eine tolle Geschichte bei der wir viele, viele nette Menschen getroffen haben.
      Ich war von den Menschen echt beeindruckt… ..die Würde des Alters und die glasklare Kindheit. Ich frage mich immer warum es mir in der Ferne mehr auffällt.. …vielleicht braucht man ja die Bühne des Fremdseins um wieder klarer und intensiver zu sehen. 🙂

      Liebe Grüße!

      October 8, 2019 at 12:38

      • Da mag was Wahres dran sein! Mir geht es in der Ferne auch oft so. 🙂

        November 6, 2019 at 21:50

  2. hi markus ich freue mich auf die fortsetzung der geschichte und wundervolle photos die dort aufgenommen hast, mir gefällt besonders das 4te, 6te, die rückspiegel bilder und das letzte.
    grüße robert

    October 8, 2019 at 14:05

    • vielen lieben Dank, Robert. Die Menschen waren echt furchtbar nett.. ..das dieser Familenvater uns mal eben dort hin gefahren hat.. ..unglaublich. Ich glaube sie fanden die Geschichte schön, das man das Grab eines Menschen sucht.
      Grüße nach HH, Markus

      October 8, 2019 at 14:52

  3. Thanks for sharing this touching story with us, Markus!

    October 8, 2019 at 16:34

  4. Wunderbare geschichte und bilder. Ich freue mich auf die Fortzetzung!

    October 8, 2019 at 17:11

    • Vielen lieben Dank. Das freut mich sehr, Peter. ..bin auch schon gespannt, wie es weitergeht… 🙂 🙂

      October 9, 2019 at 11:57

  5. Great story and great photos ! Especially #13! I look forward to the next part of the story 😊😊😊

    October 8, 2019 at 21:43

    • Thank you so much, Elisabeth. …hope you are fine! 🙂 …yes, #13.. ..isn’t she cute?! 🙂 🙂

      October 9, 2019 at 12:00

      • Hello, dear Markus! She’s very cute! I’m fine, we were on vacation in Italy and now I’m back at work again. Nice but cool autumn weather here. How are you? Still traveling a lot?

        October 9, 2019 at 13:37

        • In Russia also.. ..cold and rainy. Hope your vacation was great und you feel relaxed.
          Yes, there were a few (or too much 😉 ) travells in the last time. Fun but exhausting. Mostly between Germany and Russia. But I found more time for photografing. There were many portrait shoots… …funny, two years ago I had no idea about doing portraits at all. 🙂

          October 10, 2019 at 12:12

        • Yes, the vacation was very relaxing 😎
          It’s great that you’re also doing portraits now, I enjoyed your portrait posts! Did you have any more exhibitions?

          October 20, 2019 at 8:18

        • I feel honored that you like the portraits. Bedankt! Kitos! …yes, there will be an exhibition in January in Russia together with a painter friend of me. The idea is that he will copy/interpret photos of me in paintings and I will do vice versa. The third category will be printed b/w photos of me (btw #06 of the WELCOME TO THE LIGHT post this week will be one of it).. ..and Andreij will overpaint this prints with color. Looking forward to the results.

          October 23, 2019 at 11:16

  6. interesting back story.

    October 9, 2019 at 1:46

  7. heartfelt…I do think knowing our ancestors helps us make sense of living a life…I appreciate your portraiture always touching Markus ~ smiles over the pond…I’m catching up! ☺️🤓🙃🙂

    October 10, 2019 at 18:46

    • Thank you, dear Hedy. So true what you said… …and I think it’s about paying respect and appreciation for someones life. I would be happy to know that someone is laying some flower on my grave after twenty or thirty years.. …that means something of your deeds remains in this world. A wonderful idea to imagine that. Smiles to you.. and your life. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      October 10, 2019 at 23:56

      • yes I agree….smiles and hugs over the pond…really powerful series Markus 🤓

        October 16, 2019 at 22:08

  8. I really like the photos.
    The portrait (photo #4) is really fantastic.

    October 12, 2019 at 17:07

  9. Your photos are beautiful, as usual, Markus. I’m looking forward to part two, which I will read now!

    October 18, 2019 at 5:49

    • so nice, Kathy, thank you.. …and I will jump also to part two of the story… 🙂

      October 23, 2019 at 11:08

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