The Iranian Times

Wednesday August 25, 1999 / Shahrivar 3, 1378, No. 792

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Bukhara blues
Layers of history one on top of another

By Shahriar Zahedi
August 25, 1999
The Iranian

His name is Mahdi Ibodov. To us, he could be Mehdi Ebadzadeh, or Ebadpoor. Who knows what would have been?

His face, darkened and weathered by the intense rays of the steppe sun, is an amalgam of racial features; Turkman, Iranian, Hindu, Greek, Uzbek, Tajik, Maybe even the Arab has contributed to his make up. This is how people are in this part of the world. Layers of history are deposited one on top of another, each group dominating and at the same time embracing the one that came before it ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian women take to the sky, finding "power" in paragliding

TEHRAN, Aug 22 (AFP) - Dressed in the required headscarves and body-length cloaks, a team of 20 young Iranian women has been taking to the skies as part of the newest sport fad for females in the Islamic republic -- paragliding ... FULL TEXT


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* Marvelous, enchanting

Carolyn Dabirsiaghi writes: I am delighted that The Iranian has featured Ms. Nahai's marvelous new book, Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith ["The night before"]. After reading her first book, Cry of the Peacock, many times, I was eager to read a second by the author.

I think Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith is enchanting ... I read passages that made us both marvel at Ms. Nahai's talent and insight, not only into the psyche of the characters, but also the English language. When it came to the last pages, I refused to share anymore. My rephrasing the passages would have been an injustice to her work. I felt everyone should experience almond tears for themselves ... FULL TEXT

* I went through the same

Hamid Beykzadeh writes: The story was realy touching ["The night before"]. Every memory I have had since I came to the U.S. in 1976 came back to me. I went through the same things and had the same feelings as the writer.

I still feel the same way every time I go to visit my family in Iran. Sometimes I think I should not go to visit my family because I get so emotional that I regret my visit.

Sometimes I feel like going back to Tehran and not come back again, because I do not know how much more I can take these emotional roller coasters. But I can not go back. I have two sons here.

* Music: Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina

In celebration of Rumi, Shahram Nazeri & the Dastan Ensemble will perform on Saturday September 25 at the Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Amir Rezvani, 919.967.3718

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