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Teddy, a Cat Who Didn't Want to Die

A bullet in his face, two withered legs and a body covered with infection. Death might be so close.
But Teddy loved life.
When an animal lover in Tehran found him, he was in that situation. The cat was weak, couldn't walk but his eyes were full of love and attention. This kind person with other group of animal lovers brought Teddy to the vet. There they understood there was a bullet in his face,  near the nose. Somebody for just having fun had shoot at beautiful Teddy and probably the leg injuries were because of abuse too. Medications for him quickly started. Unfortunately one of the legs had to be amputated, but there was a small hope for the other leg to get back to its earlier state.
They wrote about Teddy on their facebook page and lots of people got concerned for Teddy and donated to help his medication. During that time a kind mother and daughter accepted to keep him with them till he finds a permanent loving home.
Teddy was so lucky. Someone asked to take him to the US fo…

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…

Tell Me

Tell me what to do
With the pepper that tastes of separation
With the pain that doesn't know the season
With the blood that doesn't stop flowing

Tell me what to do
When the happiness is attached to the tail of a kite
And the sadness follows me in the steep of a valley
like a stone

My heart is like a branch of red mulberries
that the wind
has splashed their blood to the walls and windows

~ Gholamreza Borousan

Ghosts of the Past's Late Night Visit

I was a bit sad last night, and was sitting on my bed trying to find a way to entertain myself in my semi-messy room among the clutter of things being put here and there. Believe me no matter how many times in a day I clean this room later at night mysteriously turn into a mess. As if an invisible bomb has been exploded in it. The Internet at home was cut off and I felt there's no more reason to live and breathe. A vague white light from the florescent lamp from the ceiling made the scene more sombre. I didn't like to open that file on my desktop called music. There is a funny mixture of tracks in it, with Queen sitting beside Shahin Najafi, and Rana Farhan holding hands with each other, and some tracks of John Mayer sitting there alone. I have listened to all of them many times and needed something new. I aimlessly opened a file called "ebooks". And opened a PDF called The Mad House.

It was a long story by Mohmmad Ali Jamalzadeh, father of modern short stories in I…

Try It

When you start thinking the whole people on this planet are so annoying, think of one or two friends you have who are always there for you.

Drunk with Rana's Voice

Rumi's poems with Jazz and Blues?! Hard to believe. It's like singing Shakespeare's poems with Rock.

Yet, so possible.

When Rana Farhan sings it, anything is possible.

This lady has got such a magical voice- her voice is so strong, so soulful. If you still haven't listened to her, you should definitely do.

If you have watched the movie "No One Knows about Persian Cats" you know very well the part where a song by a woman is being sung and different scenes of Tehran are being shown. It's hard to get that song out of your head. I started asking my friends if they knew who the singer was and what the song was, but nobody knew.

Can't remember how finally I found out, but when I found the songs, I listened to them 200 times, with my headphones in my ears even when I was in bed sleeping!

Here's that beautiful song, It's called "Drunk with Love" (All rights belong to PMC channel).

Listen and enjoy:

Meanwhile in Tehran...

15 April 2012, a rainy day in Tehran. A girl has taken off her high-heels so she wouldn't slip walking fast.

To be honest if the girl wasn't wearing a manteau and a scarf and I haven't checked the photographer's facebook I'd definitely thought this picture has been taken somewhere out of Iran. This is what's called Tehran and its girls!

For seeing the other pictures of rainy Tehran today visit the photographer's facebook.

By the way, an Iranian poet* once said:

Should close the umbrellas,
Should walk in the rain,
Should take the thought, the memory under the rain,
With all the people of the town,
Should go in the rain.
The friend,
Should see in the rain.
Should seek in the rain.

*Sohrab Sepehri
The Sound of the Water footsteps

A Cloth for Your Legs

I don't care about Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Fendi or anyother designer brand labels. I have the most comfortable pajamas in the world now and I don't change them with any other thing. Last night when I went to bed with them they were so comfty I thought I didn't have them on. Haven't felt this good for ages.
One of my English teachers told us pajamas is an Indian word, it consists of two parts: pa + jama = a "jama" for you "pa", it means a cloth for your legs. Interesting enough we have the both words jame and pa in Persian language too. Whatever, all I want to say is long live pajamas, long live comfortable cotton clothes.

Water Will Take Us All

I have to finish something for tomorrow and I still haven't finished it and have no idea what I'm doing. Just scrambling things and weaving nonsense to have something to give for tomorrow. My eyes are drooling and can't keep them open any longer.
First in the morning there was a bad storm. The wind was blowing and howling through closed windows. Later in the noon I felt the flat is shaking but I couldn't believe it and told myself I became so weak my body is shaking. Then in the afternoon I searched in Google if there have been an earthquake and saw not only there was a huge earthquake, but also there is tsunami alert. I was like what? Tsunami? They said it might even hit Iran coasts near Indian ocean.
At the moment I'd rather tsunami comes and takes me than having to hand in my due-work tomorrow.

* The title comes from a Persian literary title "The Wind Will Take Us All". I don't know where this title comes …

Conversation of the Day: The Cardboard Leader's Ideology

Gabi: Could you please tell me is "The Big Satan" correct? As you see I'm in the middle of Khomeini's ideology.

Me: Yes the Big Satan is correct, they call the US that. Khomeini didn't have any ideology; he had s**tology. He filled Iran with enough s**t to last even after 33 years.

This is Gabi. For seeing her completely you should go to Poland, Gdansk. She's doing her MA thesis on Iran :)

Wish her good luck!


From 1:10, then 1:46, then 2:07 (!!!!) till the end of the video... the END of the video!!! My question is... Ellen?!
One of the top comments under the video:
"Dear Ellen,
we perfectly know that you're in love with Chris, don't be shy!
:))"  I guess later that day when she got home Portia was waiting for her behind the door with a pan in hands or something.

That video is a bit old, for 5 months ago. However, on her newest video about Titanic 3D, Ellen is totally behaving correctly:

Ellen is one of the people who never fails to make me smile.

My two fav videos of her are:

       1. Ellen meets Kermit (The scene where Ellen kisses Kermit and he asks if he's turning into a princess with she replying "No, I don't think I'm the one to do it for you" is just epic).
        2. Sophia Grace and Rosie are back (Two really funny guests. Watched it about 10 times).
If I ever want to dig youtube for more videos and never get annoyed or tired, it's just…

Many Times...

I have wept many times,
For the neighbour's simpleness,
For my own foolhardy.
But I don't know,
Which weeping would take me to the world's dream.

~Sara Anvari

You Naughty Gal

If you're interested in Persian music and would like to watch the latest music videos, you can often visit PMC website. There they upload the newest Persina songs. PMC stands for Persian Media Corporation. Here's a music video I discovered yesterday. Camerion Cartio, the Iranian-born singer in Sweden feat a Swedish girl called Maria Manson. Since the song is in English, no translation needed. Except the word "Sheytoonak" means naughty.

The lyrics are shallow? Doesn't matter. The male and female singer are both extremely good-looking!

I wish I could make them a couple! They would be way too cute together. Don't you agree?

The Mystery of the World

You, the mystery of all the world has been poured into your black eyes, Me, all drowned in your eyes.
~ Fereydoon Moshiri

April Fool, Iranian Version

If you saw this anywhere on facebook don't share it, it's just an April Fool joke. I see some of my friends fell for the joke and seriously believed it and started sharing it. However, if you had followed the TIME magazine closely you know the person of the year was "a protester" and not the Iranian director. The protester isn't a especial person, he represents all people who made an uprising last year all over the world, specially in Arabic countries. The year before Mark Zuckerberg was chosen as the TIME person of the year.

And here's another April Fool joke for Iranians, this time on CNN: Roger Waters concert, live in Iran, in Kish Island!!! Seriously, can you think for moment the singer who sang for Iranians' freedom and showed the pictures of the people who were killed during the Green Movement in his concert The Wall, is allowed by authorities to sing in Iran?!

I took this picture from the CNN website, as you see 8,379 people on facebook and 11,000…

Doctor "How"

A girl told me one of her friends; an Iranian 32-year-old girl studying in Sweden, got girlish problems and went to a gynecologist.

There after a few questions the doctor finds out she hasn't had any physical relationship in her life. The Swedish doctor becomes so astonished and wants to know how. The girl explains to her that's because of our culture blah blah blah, but the doctor doesn't get convinced and sends her to a psychologist!!!

The moral of the story is when you get a feminine problem, get a ticket to Iran and see a doctor there.  She politely asks patients if they're married or not and when they say no, she doesn't ask more.

Reaching 30s and not having physical relationship yet is abnormal over there? Well over here we don't have issues like teenage pregnancy or single mums then.

Memorable Dialogue

- I feel she's hiding something from me.
- She does? So you hide something from her too.

Sa'adat Abad

Poppy Field in Mt Damavand

Until the poppy exists, you should live.
                                                               Sohrab Sepehri (1928-1980)

Poets have poems about short lives of flowers, usually roses; but the least transient of them are poppies. If you pick a poppy the petals will wither in less than an hour, so better watch it on stem in soil than making its short life shorter. It's the only flower you can't see in the florist shop, it should live wild and free. Watching the blood-red petals under the sun is so mesmerising.

In Persian literature a poppy is the symbol of a lover's burnt heart. The black dot in the middle of the flower resembles a mark on a lover's heart, as his/her heart has been burnt and marked with love. In the last three decades it became the symbol of a martyr, the dark red petals are the symbol of the martyr's blood. Means when a martyr dies and their blood covers the ground, poppies will grow there. This symbolism became popular in Iran Sacred-Defen…

This Transient Incurable Heart

With all this, if there had been days remaining for me,
I'd pass by life in a way
That not the knee of the mate-less doe shivers,
And not this transient incurable heart.

~ Seyyed Ali Salehi

Cliché Map of Iran

This is a jokeful map of Iran, according to the first thing Iranians think of when they hear the name of a special place in Iran. The original picture was in Persian and said "Iran according to the belief of the people of Tehran" but I changed the title and expanded it from the people of Tehran's viewpoint to all Iranians, because I'm sure people of other cities think the same. I erased the Persian words on the map and replaced them with English so everyone can read them.

I'll explain each part for you:

Azeris: It refers to the provinces West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan in north west Iran. The residents of this part of Iran are Azeris. They speak Azeri but they know Persian as well. Common name for them is Turks but the more correct term is Azeri. Not to be mistaken with Turks in Turkey. Tabriz, in West Azerbaijan has really delicious food. The all restaurants I ate in this city never disappointed me. The other souvenirs are refreshments, carpet and leather. T…