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Love is in the (Iran) air
Letter to the Editor
The Guardian, London 12/09/97
UNLIKE Kathy Evans ("Coffee, tea, or a head-scarf?" December 5) my wife and I have had 10 flights with Iran Air (not Air Iran) in the last 20 months. It is a first-class airline with modern aircraft. Iranians, not unreasonably, anticipate that visitors will recognise the chadour and hajib is the form of dress. The announcement on the aircraft was always a polite request to the effect that you are respectfully asked to observe our customs and cover the hair. The meals were excellent and the jam, cheese and butter had "product of Australia" on the packet.
Prof John E deB Norman
5 Brunswick Avenue,
Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia
Nothing to do with Mitra
The Christmas tree was picked by Luther on the way to a boys orphanage house on Christmas eve in Germany. He did that to make them happy by decorating a tree for upcoming singing occasion. Had nothing to do with Mitra or other religions.
Thank you Hashem Farhang for making my day a happier one. May God bless you.
Dr. Manoutch Heidari
[Response to "My fantasy dinner with Reza Pahlavi" By Bruce Bahmani]
With all due respect for your netzine and all the useful information I get out of it; some articles are simply pointless. I guess that is the price of a truly free site where everyone can contribute. I also guess that is invitation for all the rest to respond.
In particular, I found the recent article "My fantasy dinner with Reza Pahlavi" most irritating and pointless. Mr. Bahmani gives the concept of fantasy a bad name. His piece doesn't give any meaningful insight to Mr. Pahlavi's character or anything else for that matter. If each and everyone of us were to report the quantity and quality of our last food intake in THE IRANIAN, then we know what comes next .....
[Response to "Merry Mitra" By Hashem Farhang]
I want to sincerely thank you for your precious efforts. This particular article has done for my morale as an Iranian in Exile, and for my children, than many volumes put together. I loved this article from it's cultural perspective and it's immense importance as far as historical facts are concerned.
May whatever god you worship bless you.. :-)
Persian: Historically incorrect & divisive
The article debating whether Farsi or Persian needs to be used as the name for the Iranian lingua franca ("Persian or Farsi?") was interesting but I found the statements made by Mr Talattof rather one-sided.
The first argument Mr Talattof put forward was a historical one. I am afraid his assertions were erroneous in places. The name Parsa is by no means of Iranian origin. The nomads who migrated to Iran (long before 1000 BC, read about the Mittani for example or the Medo-Assyrian wars) called themselves Aryans (the archaic form of the word Iranian). In the Achaemenian inscriptions the "Persian" kings never refer to themselves as "Persian" but rather as "Aryan"... Full text
In reading Ms. Tahmasebi's article "I Speak Farsi", I tried to find a cohesive line of thought from her writings, but I confess, it was a futile effort. On the one hand she's craving to claim and ascertain a proper identity for herself and others alike, yet on the other hand she's ready to give up the true and accurate attributes of that same identity.
Her semantics is without substance, which makes her writings all the more argumentative.
Kayhan Raoufi Rad
Kooshan: Good promoter
[In response to "The making of Paradise"] Is this a promotion-advertisment for Mr. Kooshan? Who wrote this piece? Mr. Kooshan himself? Mr. Kooshan has made a student film before this interview. That's all he's done; a simple-minded, short movie. That is all. Mr. Kooshan's greatest art is his ability to promote himself and this is the truth of the matter. Please research your subject a little more before printing an article.
Language: A layman's view
[In response to "Persian or Farsi?"] The example of Farsi being mistaken for Farci (as in Moule Farci, I suppose) brings to mind the joke about Bob Dole, had he won the U.S. presidential election. I suppose had Iran been a Great Power, Dole to avoid possible ridicule would have had to change his name... Full text
Iranica: Superb, but...
[The Encyclopaedia Iranica articles] are just superb and I think that every Persian should have the complete Iranica volumes at his reach, but alas, it's price for some reason reminds me of the New York skyscrapers. Anyway , thanks to all who contributed to such a fantastic literary collection.
[In response to Hamid Taghavi's "Ho ho no more"]
Thank you Hamid Taghavi for making me laugh. Your article was the best Christmas gift I have received for a long time..
Amir N. Fayaz
I just discovered THE IRANIAN online magazine and I am completely surprised how refreshing it is. It is great that an Iranian entity deals with such diverse topics in an educated and at the same time entertaining manner. I specially liked the article about Farhad and the interview with Kamshad Kooshan and the movie he is working on (I saw both Farhad's concerts and had seen Kooshan's "The Last Illusion" at UCLA.
I think it is great that you promote artists which our really lacks.
Really educated singer
Well soosool Abadani, all you had to do was ask people who knew Ebi from his times in Iran ["Class act; Ebi in concert"]. Aside from Abbas Mehr-Pooya and Soleyman Vaseghi (a.k.a. Soli), Ebrahim Hamedi (a.k.a. Ebi), was (and hopefully still is,) one of the very few REALLY EDUCATED male Iranian singers.
In his praise, it is enough to say that he was taught, trained and nurtured by the one-and-only Ms. Mary Yeghyazarian who at the time (mid '70s) was in charge of new talent discovery and development at the Ministry of Art & Culture. I must further add that he was also one of Mary's favorite students because of his talent and coachability.
All that said, I don't think that Ebi's a match for the Abadani music master, Aghassi (Ne'mat Nafti). *LOLLOLLOL*
Kamran Seyed Moussavi
It was very interesting ["Class act; Ebi in concert"] to see someone echoing the feeling I have always had about Ebi (except the soosool tehrooni fans!!). However, thanks for the kind and, I hope, fair review of Ebi's concert. Next time, I may actually want to go see him too.
From S. Shakerian
[In response to a reminder that the one-month free trail subscription to The Iranian Times had ended:]
Fuck you and your stupid god damn magazine. Take me off your god damn list you stupid piece of shit. By the way suck MY ROCK HARD COCK.