One phenomenon that I think sets us humans apart from all other living beings is the ability for complex communication: Language. Think about it, it is possible that we, unbeknownst to ourselves, on a daily basis utter sentences that never in the history of human kind have been uttered before. I find that astonishing. And … More The Bridge of Communication
Ahoy there folks. I haven’t posted anything in quite some time now (sorry ’bout that) but I’ll try to compensate for my absence by now writing a longer-than-usual post. I have three other drafts slumbering in my draft box at the moment, but for today’s post I decided to talk about – or question – our … More Questioning our Questions
There is no way to approach this topic in a way that won’t come off as offensive, but I’ll try my best to sound considerate and understanding. It is odd to live between two cultures but occasionally it proves to be extremely rewarding, especially when a particular phenomenon in one of the cultures contrasts the … More Canonisation in our Nation
Years ago, I came across a dispiriting, yet oddly profound proverb going something along the lines of: No good deed ever goes unpunished. And these six words have stuck with me ever since. After every attempt to help someone that has come back and bit me in the buttocks it’s there to remind me that … More Why bother?
A lot of Iranians I’ve talked to have expressed their discontent with the fact that they haven’t been to any countries besides Iran. And all of them seem to been keen, longing almost, to explore whatever it is that lies beyond the horizons they are used to being surrounded by. They are all immensely well-read … More Free tickets to endless destinations
In the most befuddling and bewildering ways, I have since childhood felt like an outsider. Never truly feeling that I fit in – not even when I did; often feeling as if I belonged to a yet-to-be classified third culture and that my feelings of alienation were rooted in my idealistic and perhaps even anomalous personality. But I have long … More United as Outsiders
Few languages are as poetic as Persian. Or as soft and as harmonious. And I have yet to encounter another culture with as fascinating people as Iranians. Behind almost any Iranian’s eyes, there seems to dwell a deep, mystic river that looks as if it has been flowing for thousands of years. And a mere glance at an Iranian … More Audible words, muted voices