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Azadi Cinema

Beside the central Book City, the other very good place near my flat is Azadi Cinema. It's just 20 minutes from my house to there by bus. Unfortunately, I went only one time there and it was for seeing the film Nader and Simin, a Seperation in May. Not because I'm lazy, this time because I've got no friends with free time to come with me to the cinema!

Azadi cinema complex is the biggest, the best, and newest cinema in Tehran and the whole Iran. It was first founded in 1969 by Rohani brothers. They first wanted to call it Broadway, but changed their mind about this Western name and preferred the name remind them of their childhood hobby, so they called it Shahr-e Farang. It means Peep Show in English and before the advent of films and cinemas in Iran was very popular.

The first film which was shown in this cinema was Marlic Hills by Ebrahim Golestan. Showing famous films of those times in this complex made it soon a hunt for film-lovers. Those days long queues in front of…

No Mass for Christmas

My Armenian colleague was privately complaining to me last year no one in the office wished her a merry Christmas. I reminded her I had sent her a text message. She said she knew, but beside me no one else did that and it made her upset.
She is right. Christmas is ignored in Iran. Not because Iranians don't know what Christmas is, they know, but the truth is Christmas has never been widely celebrated over here. The main reason I think is during history Christmas has been a time for Christians to celebrate the time Jesus Christ came to this world, and Iranians have not been Christians. 
I know these days in the modern world Christmas has lost its religious meaning and it's mainly a holiday to relax, have fun and see your family. I also know the 25th of December is a holiday even in many non-Christian countries, and I should remind you the large number of Iranians are non-practising, but I think the main reason Iranians don't celebrate it goes back firstly to the religion, …

The Connotation of Animals in Persian Language

In English language cow is an offensive word for a woman, and monkey is a child who's playful. But they've got different meanings in Persian language. Here is the connotation of animals in our language, and all of them are offensive:

Cow: an ignorant person or someone who eats too much
example: Look at that cow passing the street without looking at the traffic light.
Fox: a sly person
example: She came into the office pretending she doesn't know anything. What a fox 
Donkey: an idiot
example: Hey donkey, it's in that cupboard not this one.
Monkey: a very ugly person
example: Have you seen his wife? She's ugly as a monkey.
Mouse: a coward
example: I shouted at him I don't wanna see him. Hewas quiet like a mouse.
Gorilla: a hairy person
example: If I don't wax my feet I'd soon turn into a gorilla.
Bear: a big person, usually when you want to remind sb they've grown up
example: You're a big bear now and you expect your mum collects you after school?

O Love, Your Azure Face Cannot Be Seen

Nothing much to say. On the days you think life and light have both deserted the world hand in hand, this song would be nice to listen to. This time I don't translate the lyrics for you, I want you just to listen to it and if you listen carefully you'll find some very familiar words in the lyrics. Can you guess what this song is about? Here's a tip: The title of the song is "Love and Death in the Time of Facebook". There's this sentence in the lyrics I specifically like: O love, O love, your azure face cannot be seen...

The Iranian Kiosk Band are just amazing.


Anybody been to the city of Kerman knows what I'm talking about. Kolompeh is a name of a  kind of pastry which is special for Kerman, a city in south of Iran. It's so delicious. Inside, it is filled with mashed dates and usually there are pistachio pieces on it. It can come in other tastes too, like coconut. When I was in Kerman I bought 1.5 kg of this cookie and didn't know how lovely it is. Back at Tehran I regretted why I didn't buy more. I actually see sometimes Kolompeh in pastry shops and 2 times I bought them but they weren't as tasty as Kerman's Kolompehs. If you ever visited this city don't miss such wonderful cookies. They're fabulous for eating with your tea in pleasant evenings.

Lions and Vultures in Tehran!

You really hear weird news sometimes. I used to think lions have been extinct in Iran and though I've seen vultures at the zoo I didn't think they can be found on pavements of Tehran! It was reported last week a big vulture was seen in one of Tehran's neighbourhood and people called 125. They took the bird with care and delivered it to Pardisan Park. I used to think vultures as ugly but in the picture the big bird looks young and nice:

Also, last week on Thursday a man was driving in a highway when he saw a big animal walking near the Lavizan Forest Park among the trees. He got very surprised and immediately called 125. Five minutes later the group was there but as it seemed catching the lion cub might be hard 2 other groups were also called. After 50 minutes they managed to catch the cub without hurting it. Two days before another lion cub was caught in this area as well. The head of the operation said "We assume somebody brought these two cubs illegally or bought i…

Persian Language in Japan

When I was a student at Tehran University, I saw many International students from different countries in campus. Some looked like Asians, with straight black hair and slanted eyes, some looked like Westerners, tall with brown hair and green-blue eyes, and a few of them were black which showed they've come from African countries.

I knew they've come over here to learn our language Persian, and it was always interesting to me some people travel to Iran to study Persian and they love learning it. As we have languages like English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Urdu, Japanese, Chinese and even Latin being taught in Tehran University and some other Iranian universities, I know we have Persian language being taught in some universities abroad.

Below is an Interview with an Iranian teacher in Japan and I read 2 weeks ago. It was very interesting so I decided to translate it all on here (all rights reserved!):

Persian Language in Japan
Shahrzad Samarghandi
Radio Zamaneh

Kamyar Abed…

Me, Oscar Wilde, and the Central Book City

I'm one of the laziest people on Earth. Here's the proof: the best and biggest book shop in Iran is just 15 minutes away from my home, and I've been there just twice.

My second time there was last week. It was a sad Friday evening, I was sitting idly at my computer gazing at the flat monitor and feeling the whole world have died outside. I was sure if I stayed in my room for more than an hour I'd die from sadness and being bored. So I texted my sister and told her to get home and take me out with her to the central Book City. I knew going there has got therapeutic effects on me.

And it had. The moment I put my feet in there, I felt good. Seeing books, people, the lights and the soft music made me all well. I immediately went upstairs to find what I had in my mind and to buy it. I saw it some time ago but I felt at that time it wasn't a suitable time to buy it. But on that evening I knew only a book in English with beautiful watercolour painting of roses on its cove…

Who Knows about Persian Cats? No One.

One of the Iranian films I really enjoyed watching this year was No One Knows about Persian Cats. That's actually a long title for a film and it wouldn't give you any idea what it would be about till you watch it yourself.

For me it is a cheerful film, if you just ignore the ending. Have you ever seen musical films full of fantastic songs? It is like them, though it's not a musical film. It's a film about music.

No One Knows about Persian Cats is the story of a boy called Ashkan and a girl called Shaghayegh, who both sing in Indie Rock genre. Whether they're a couple or not, it's not stated in the film, but you see they spend most of their time together.

The both try to form a band and get out of Iran to give a concert in London. They also need a visa to do so and illegally try to have it with the help of a man called Nader who's also a music lover and has got a crazy life. The tree explores Tehran in search of people who are willing to work with them to g…

Gamishan Pond

Ponds are one of the most serene places on Earth. If you have ever been beside a pond, you know what I mean. A cool breeze caresses your cheeks, birds flying peacefully high in the sky, and the sound of waves makes you feel calm. I have seen 2 ponds in the North of Iran. This pond, called Gamishan Pond is in the north as well. The photos look like a foggy dream, make me sleepy!

Photos by: Aboutaleb Nadari
I took these photos from Mehr News Agency website.