Skip to main content

Ferdowsi Has Been Spotted in Rome!

photo from: Proshat H.

I saw this photo on my friend's facebook. She was in Rome when she saw a square called Ferdowsi Square with a statue of the Iranian poet in it. The place is called Villa Borghes, and when I looked it in Google map it's the name of a park in Rome.
Ferdowsi statue in Rome

We have a Square in Tehran called Ferdowsi too, and I have so many childhood memories of the numberless times when we were passing the square and I looked up at the big tall statue and always wondered who's that small child near his feet?

Ferdowsi statue in Tehran, Ferdowsi Square

Ferdowsi square in Tehran

One day I heard on facebook they have taken the statue away. I got so shocked. What? They took all my childhood, teenage and adulthood memories away? I couldn't get more sad. Tehran without Ferdowsi square is not Tehran. This square has been one of the oldest places in Tehran.

Ferdowsi Square in 1957

Then luckily I understood it was just a romour. This rumour was made after the real news that in the spring the murals of the poet's famous book "Book of the Kings" (in Persian: Shahnameh) were all mysteriously erased from the walls of Ferdowsi Square in Mashad. Seems like the walls belonged to Imam Reza shrine and they didn't like the murals done by municipality on the walls which were done by a group of young artists. So in the middle of the night all the murals were whitewashed secretly. Next morning the whole city were surprised. Who did that?!

After the murals were whitewashed. 
On the banner it's been written: "This property belongs to Imam Reza shrine"
I think the Ferdowsi in Rome is happier than the one in Mashad!
Seems like other countries respect our national heritage more than our government.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Terms of Endearment in Persian Language

Terms of endearment are the words people say to show love and affection, like dear, honey, babe, etc. in English language. These are terms of endearment in Persian language. You can use them with your friends as well:

azizam: dear
eshgham: my love
khanoomi: missy
janam?: Yes? (used when someone calls your name and you want to answer)
jan: dear (used at the end of names like "Sonya jan" which means dear Sonya)
jigar: (very informal) sweetie
jigar-tala: (very informal) sweetie (tala means gold, funnily enough jigar means liver!)
khoshgel khanoom: pretty girl (please use it just for females you know, if it's said to strangers it has a bad meaning)
aziz-e delam: the dear of my heart
asal: honey (not very common but still you can use it)
doosetdaram: I like you
Asheghetam: I love you
divoonatam: I'm crazy about you
mikhamet: I want you
delam vasat tang shode: I miss you
miboosamet: I kiss you
boos: kiss

You can surprise your Iranian friends/sweethearts with these words. Have fun!

Queen Fawzia

Today I'd like to write about someone who wasn't Iranian but for sure had a role in Iran's history: Queen Fawzia.

If you ask me to name the most beautiful women in the world, one of them is certainly Fawzia Fauad.


Daughter of Malek Fauad, the Egyptian king, she was born in 4 November 1921 in Cairo, Egypt. Malek Faud's family were originally from Albania, and you can see that in their blue eyes and light hair.



Reza Shah, Iran's King at that time decided to choose a wife for his son Muhammad-Reza among Eastern princesses. From all those girls, Muhammad-Reza chose Fawzia.



Soon a Royal group from Iran with Muhammad-Reza Pahlavi left Iran to Egypt, for the courting ceremony and planning  the wedding. The young couple met there and a splendid feast was held.



After a few days Muhammad-Reza, Fawzia and a Egyptian royalty group including Fawzia's Mother and sisters arrived in Iran for the wedding ceremony. The ceremony was very magnificent according to the Life magazin…

Arash, Melody, and Two Little Ds

This is Arash, the Iranian singer in Sweden. He has got a famous song called Melody (but in my opinion not better than his song Dasa Bala, feat Aylar, et al). There is a blond baby at the end of the song in Arash' arms. Many people said Melody, the little girl at the end of the video is Arash' daughter.

My question at that time was if she's his daughter, why so blond? Had Arash married a Swedish girl? Then by little searches I understood, firstly Arash married just some months before the video and it's not possible to have a kid so soon (unless the bride was expecting a baby before the wedding which I'm sure wasn't the case!); secondly Arash married an Iranian girl and it's not possible for an Iranian couple to have such a white blond baby (if they had, ask some genealogists what had happened), thirdly Melody is his colleague's daughter, a Swedish man.


A few moments ago Arash updated on his facebook page he became a father, has twins called Donya and D…