To all those clever and bright men out there who’re saying no to themselves but yes to drugs, please reconsider. You are our future. We know that everyone else does it, but you don’t have to. We know that you’re strong enough to handle it, but use your strength in other ways. We know you … More Rugs before Drugs
Have you ever heard a joke that depicted Turks as hot-headed and thick? Or a joke about women from Rasht being promiscuous? Or how about jokes about Shirazis that portray them as shiftless do-nothings? We tell ourselves it’s okay to make fun of each other in this way because obviously “it’s just a joke”, and the people we ridicule seldom feel offended – they’re either … More Insulting jokes from Shomal to Jonoob
He crosses our path all the time. Sometimes, he drops by when we are stressed at work or in school; sometimes he calls us when we don’t feel like doing anything. But most of the time, he’s just there, quietly listening when we feel that no one can hear us and softly speaking to us when we … More Have you met Mr. Omid lately?
We call ourselves the man of the house, yet we don’t take care of it. Most of us don’t even know how to cook and even those who are able to cook up a palatable meal or two understandably feel that they don’t have to since there are women around them who willingly will cook for them, be it their mothers, their sisters or … More Recasting our gender roles
Many commercially successful, admired and respected people who’ve left Iran are still deemed as the honour of our country as they symbolise a time where Iran was prosperous, flourishing and esteemed all around the world. And many of those who still are leaving quickly portray themselves in the same manner – teasing the fish in … More Are the ones who have left doing what’s right?
– that’s the question that that every young Iranian seems to be battling with. To either leave to wherever the horizon of possibilities is broader, or to remain among their loved ones on soil so barren that it gives the feeling that hope itself has emigrated elsewhere. In one way or another, all of us are eventually forced … More To go or not to go
Now, as I’m burning the midnight oil, I thought that I could delve into a lighter (but yet rather serious) side of our culture that I’ve been ruminating on a lot lately: Few things manage to boost my self-esteem as much as the first few minutes with an Iranian guy that I’m meeting for the first time. Before I … More Tarof – to preserve or to cast off?