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Thursday December 16, 1999 / Azar 25, 1378, No. 869

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Yazd, my love
Where kind hands bring small paradises into living

By Laleh Khalili
December 16, 1999
The Iranian

I have fallen in love. Head-over-heels, utterly, magnificently. With the desert city of Yazd.

Shiraz and Isfahan may be the glittering jewels of Iran, drawing the eye with their sumptuousness, stimulating awe with their story and history, and enticing the mind with the extravagance of their beauty. The oasis city of Yazd, however, is the very essence of what we wistfully remember Iran to be, so long ago, when we were all young and life was much simpler, and Yazdis are the fundamental representation of what Iranians should be now, even now, when necessity and despair have aged us all and we are no longer kind, nor generous or tolerant >>> GO TO FEATURE


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Baabaa ayvallaa!

The New York Times
December 16, 1999

Two California men were charged yesterday with conspiracy to commit securities fraud ... The United States attorney in Los Angeles and the Securities and Exchange Commission contend that the men -- Arash Aziz-Golshani and Hootan Melamed, both 23 years old and recent college graduates -- sent bogus messages over the Internet to pump up the price of stock in an obscure bankrupt company >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* So happy

Reza Mousoli writes: Last night I went to see a film called "Mard-e Avazee" (Mistaken Man) at the Iranian Club in Dubai. The club is the largest in Dubai with a huge restaurant, sports facilities, a 10,000-seate fooball pitch and a cinema for about 500 people.

The land was donated by Sheikh Rashed to the late Shah and it is a property of Iran. In recent years it has been redecorated and it is a lovely place for Iranian family outings.

Coming back to the film, it was a good comedy and a definite sign of change in the mainland. For start, wearing ties and cravat are now quite fashionable in the movies, even actresses wear ordinary dressed with small roosarees!

The film was imaginitive and had a particular local flavor to it, certainly a family entertainment. Men with beards, women with chadors, manteaus and ordinary dresses, children with their grandmothers ... in short, a cross section of the Iranian society was there to see the film. They all looked so happy that they had just seen an Iranian comedy.

* Uplifting

Mahmoud Etemadi from Bolivia writes: Thank you for the words of Mother Theresa sent by Soroush Motahari. They are quite uplifting and my tearful eyes are a testmony to that!!!

* Finally separated

Pedram Missaghi Webmaster, Iran Media writes: Regarding the Nostalgia magazine clip from 1978, Saeed Raad and Nooshafarin finally did marry each other. They remained married until a couple of years ago. As the writer predicted in that article 20 years ago, they finally separated. But this time it was a divorce.

* Celebrate: Yalda with music in Boston

The traditional Iranian music orchestra of Boston invites you to celebrate one of the ancient Persian holidays SHAB-E YALDA on December 18. Like other Persian holidays Yalda represents the victory of lights over darkness. PLACE: Hellinic Cultural Center, 25 Biglow Ave., Watertown, Massachusetts. TIMES: Saturday DEC 18, 7 pm. ADMISSION: $6. For more info call: 617-924-9507.


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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Lots of books

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - In the past two years, 31,000 titles have been published in Iran. Do we thank Khatami? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

No women

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - This critic says women are absent from Iranian films. REAL women that is >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Minavand back

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Yazd, my love

The sky is the bluest of blues, turning a thousand magnificent shades in twenty-four hours -- and at twilight, the world is divine, ethereal, the sky a cast of indigo I have never seen, neither in North Africa nor in Tuscany whose skies are far more famous than Yazd. The air is the air of high places and kavir deserts, scrubbed by dust storms and washed by wind and noon-time heat and the chill of desert midnights.

-- Laleh Khalili
"Yazd, my love"
The Iranian
December 16, 1999

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