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Seen from a distance, against the background of crumbling grey plaster, they look like a rich and colorful  palette, like a painting of tasteful and imaginative composition. Moreover, the shopkeeper changes the layout of the colors from day to day: Brown dates lie beside pastel pistachios and green olives—and the next day white almonds have taken the place of the fleshy dates and a pile of pepper pods is burning scarlet where there had been golden millet.

(Ryszard Kapuściński, ‘The dead flame’, Shah of Shahs)