The Iranian Times

Wednesday, October 28, 1998 / Aban 6, 1377, No. 593

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War, Iranian Style
Ta'rof is, in fact, prepartation for major battle

The age-old Iranian tradition of ta'rof can be loosely likened to the various stages of a war.

Greetings start with the inevitable exchange of an array of compliments and the ensuing battle to convince the other party of their relative higher status. This is similar to diplomatic efforts preceding a war.

"Hi. How are you?"

"I'm barely alive. How are you?"

"Not terribly bad. How's your mother? How's your father? How's your dog? How's your spare tire?"

"Fine, all thanks to you. May your shadow not be reduced. How about you? How are your distant relatives? How's the brother of your regular bus driver? How's the tombstone on the grave of your great grandpa? How's the vegetable garden? How's your dog's tape worm situation?" ... GO TO FEATURE


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    Good practice

    Laleh Khalili writes:

    Of all strange things, Iran and being Iranian has become the subject of a well-respected, well-watched, Emmy-winning TV show. One of the cases shown last Sunday on the ABC lawyer-drama, The Practice, was the case of an Iranian woman being fired from her job for no other reason than being Iranian.

    One of the characters said, "I am not over the hostage thing." Meanwhile, the Iranians were defined in relation to terrorism, the World Trade Center bombing and links to Sudan.

    The jury (no surprise there) finds in favor of the man who fired her because this is a time of "war" and heightened emotions. And of course, this being American TV and everything ending with justice and happiness for all, the judge sets aside the jury verdict and rules in favor of the Iranian woman.

    And to top it all off, the lawyer for the man who fired her asks her out! How twisted is network TV?


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* Booy-e Gand-e Paa

S.T. writes: When I first saw the title for the Book of the Week in The Iranian Times, -- Scent of Saffron -- I thought this must be another book on Iranian cooking. Then the full title sunk in "Scent of Saffron: Three Generations of an Iranian Family" I laughed so hard, I though I was going to have an accident.

I'm sure it is a fine a book, but the title could sure use a little help. What's next in this perpetual attempt to capitalize on the superficial understanding and appreciation for whatever deems to be ethnic?

I think I might write my own memoir about the intricate interplay of religion and the extended family in Iran. I will call it "Booy-e Gand-e Paa: How Religious Activity Works to Reinforce or Squander Family Ties.

* What's happening in Chicago?

Mehran Azhar writes: I have yet to see an event -- either cultural or political -- held in Chicago mentioned in the Community section of your magazine . For those of you subscribers who live near the Windy City, are there any Iranian organizations in Chicagoland that promote such events? Any information with regard to Iranian "kanoons" in or about Chicago is highly appreciated.

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