email us

US Transcom
US Transcom

Shahin & Sepehr

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Advertise with The Iranian

The Iranian Features
August 2-6, 1999 / Mordad 11-15, 1378

Today

* Mytholgy: Unwanted battle

Recent

* Home: Rice, Iranian style
* Identity: Bukhara blues
* Fiction: The night before
* Language: Chew on this
* Cover story: Mission accomplished
* Fiction: Last contact


Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday


email us


Friday
August 27, 1999

Mythology

Unwanted battle
Rostam and Esfandiyâr fight against their own best interests

By Jerome W. Clinton
August 27, 1999
The Iranian

From Jerome W. Clinton's In the Dragon's Claws: The Story of Rostam and Esfandiyar (1999, Mage Publishers).

For a work that is usually described as one of the greatest stories of the Iranian national epic The story of Rostam and Esfandiyâr displays a surprisingly modern skepticism about the values we associate with the epic. In the world of the Shahnameh, monarchy enjoys divine sanction and society's most admired virtues are embodied in heroes like Rostam and Esfandiyâr, yet the story expresses a profound ambivalence about the demands of heroism, and is sharply critical of a monarch who exploits the courage and loyalty of his heroes to further his own selfish ends. The climactic event of the story is the battle between Rostam and Esfandiyâr, yet the two heroes do not view themselves as natural enemies. On the contrary, they fight each other against their own wishes and in violation of their own best interests ... GO TO FEATURE

Go to top


Thursday
August 26, 1999

Home

Rice, Iranian style
For the staunch feminists out there, do not read on

By Sally Amir
August 26, 1999
The Iranian

Ingredients

- 1 large sac Basmati long grain rice
- 1 glass oil
- 1 large family spread well across the world
- 1 Iranian husband
- A sprinkling of humor and tolerance and a kilo of pragmatism
- Salt
- Water
- Saffron (preferably purchased in Iran by concerned mother-in-law who is unsure whether son is ever fed anything, let alone rice the way she cooks it)

For me, having an Iranian husband means cooking rice every night no matter what my day has been like. Dinner without polo is not dinner. Rice cooked in a rice cooker or in a way other than the proper way, is not good enough ... GO TO FEATURE

Go to top


Wednesday
August 25, 1999

Identity

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

Go to top


Tuesday
August 24, 1999

Fiction

The night before
"Nowhere else would I see the color of Tehran's mornings"

By Gina B. Nahai
August 24, 1999
The Iranian

Excerpt from Gina B. Nahai's Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith (p. 206). The novel spent twelve weeks on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list, including two weeks at #1. It has been released in the U.S., England, Greece, Norway, and Italy, and is being translated into six other languages.

I searched for a keepsake I could take to America. Looking around, I realized that I shoudl have gathered Roxanna's belongings long ago, that I should have locked everything away so no one could walk in on her memories after I was gone. I saw the box where Roxanna had saved Mercedez's address, quickly took the envelope, and shoved it into my dress pocket ... GO TO FEATURE

Language

Chew on this
The origins of aadaamss

By Pedram Missaghi
August 24, 1999
The Iranian

I had no idea the word "aadaamss" comes from an old American brand name: Adams chewing gum.

The story is similar to "Kleenex", which is also commonly used in Iran to refer to paper tissues. In the case of chewing gum, the Adams brand was the first of its kind and thus people went on to call it by that name. (Remember aadaamss-e khorus neshaan?) ... GO TO FEATURE

Go to top


Monday
August 23, 1999

Cover story

Mission accomplished
Traveling to Turkey to bring my daughter & visit Rumi

Written and photographed by Jahanshah Javid
August 23, 1999
The Iranian

I have been in Turkey for only a few hours. I already like the people. They are very proud of their Turkish heritage, but they don't consider themselves racially superior. They don't pretend they are the best in everything. They are very much down to earth.

I cannot understand the virtual worship of the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. Not all of it is propaganda. People simply love the man. He is revered more than Mohammad. I think even God is jealous.

I take a room in the first hotel I see. A single room with shower and TV costs about $50 -- too much, apparently ... GO TO FEATURE

Go to top


Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved. May not be duplicated or distributed in any form

 MIS Internet Services

Web Site Design by
Multimedia Internet Services, Inc

 GPG Internet server

Internet server by
Global Publishing Group.

Cover story

Mission accomplished
Traveling to Turkey to bring my daughter & visit Rumi

Written and photographed by Jahanshah Javid

THE IRANIAN
Cover stories


* Cover stories
* Who's who
* Bookstore


email us