DNA of Grade “A” & Being Preoccupied with Occupation

There must be something special in our genes, because no matter where one would turn one’s head in the world, one would bump into a successful and/or gifted Iranian. And it truly is a wonderful thing that so many of us are so ambitious and talented, even if our opportunities for growth and prosperity now, in some ways, are rather slim. But is it a good … More DNA of Grade “A” & Being Preoccupied with Occupation

Pride and Shame

Regardless of what kind of issues we have faced in our lives, we are all proud of being Iranian. Proud of our heritage, history and our culture. Some might even be proud of not being Arab, and a few even proud of being proud. But then, when we look away from all this, it all suddenly shifts: We give Europeans and Americans … More Pride and Shame

The Greatest of Great Days

If there is one person that Iranians unanimously have agreed upon liking – regardless of opinions or stances in other matters – it is Cyrus the Great. Today, he is being celebrated by Iranians all over the world, and the respect and admiration that unites millions both within Iran and abroad is indescribably admirable itself. And it makes me wonder how things would … More The Greatest of Great Days

Iranian or Persian?

Something that most Iranians who live abroad have realised is that a lot of people from Western countries tend to be more accepting of us when we say that we are Persian, rather than Iranian, associating it to Persian carpets, Persian cats and Persian food (bah bah) rather than, well, other things. Maybe it doesn’t really … More Iranian or Persian?

Redefining one’s identity in a collectivistic culture

In my very first post I talked about the “I” in Iran, about the loneliness we face despite the fact that there are so many of us. I now wish to revisit the idea of the “I”, but from an entirely different perspective. We work as a family, as a community and as a nation, promoting them … More Redefining one’s identity in a collectivistic culture

Our fall into the dark pit of alcohol

It is almost as if all those young Iranians out there who associate alcohol with being free and happy already are drunk, because why else would they think that way? For a lot of people, alcohol is merely an escape from their lives, which is unfortunate, but yet  understandable. Those who should be pitied though, are the ones who drink just because … More Our fall into the dark pit of alcohol