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
Now as the norooz celebrations are reaching their end and reality has begun to catch up with us, some of us might already dread all that awaits us, be it work, stress, or simply having to go back to make (seemingly) fruitless endeavours. And naturally, as we continue to sail on the rocky lake of life, we all wish to somehow extend whatever moment of … More The Gold in our Kitchens
Now as the big day is getting near, and the bells of tomorrow are about to ring, the tingling sensation of hope’s presence here declares that winter soon will transform into spring. For weeks we chant and celebrate, in every way a person can and should: We give, receive and reciprocate – and occasionally knock on wood. … More New Year Greetings