Hi everyone, I went back home and it felt bittersweet....

Hi everyone, I went back home and it felt bittersweet....
by Soosan Khanoom

I do not know where to begin. I do not know what to say but the fact that among many places I had visited within last several months one was Iran. Yes, Iran. After soooo many years finally I made two relatively close trips to Iran. I went back home and it felt bittersweet. It was amazing and at the same time very much depressing. I have chosen a few taken pictures of mine from Tehran, among those a picture of an innocent girl who was wondering in the street of Tehran in the coldest autumn day. A sweet kid whose begging eyes are still-hunting me.

I have also chosen a song that truly has a deep meaning, something that I heard for the first time ever on my way to the airport leaving Tehran. I could not help it but to ask the cab driver about the song and the singer. He just so kindly gave me the entire CD. Where else but in Iran can one find such a generous people?

I have much more to say but for now let this beautiful song and my pictures do the talking …


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LOL ... Disenchanted

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lunatic asylum "  that includes me too  .... 

I will check out the link later ..

Thanks  : )

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Dr Mohandess Aziz

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I had no idea you were still in Iran ...  otherwise I would have definitely stopped by for a coffee ..   

Oh well ... hopefully next time  

: ) 

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Dear Iraj Khan, expat and Maryam

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Thank you for taking your time and watching this .. I am glad that you liked it .. 

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Esfand Jan

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" Laboo Daagh "  was something that I could not get my hands off ... Yummy and ONLY IN IRAN 

: ) 

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dear Siavash

by Soosan Khanoom on

What a Nice little poem ...   talking about Paris reminded me of a poem from someone I know and it goes like this 

"Do you mind if we do not go to the Louvre 

If we say sod off to sodding Notre Dame, 

If we skip the Champs Elysées
And remain here in this sleazy

Old hotel room
Doing this and that
To what and whom
Learning who you are, 
Learning what I am.

Don't talk to me of love. Let's talk of Paris, 
The little bit of Paris in our view.
There's that crack across the ceiling
And the hotel walls are peeling

And I'm in Paris with you. " 


and yes i visted Shah's grave .. whenever I get a chance I am going to write about my trip to Eygpt as well.     It was wonderful . Eygpt is one of the  MUST see places on earth ....  I recommand it to everyone .



روزی که به تهران بیایی .....


یک شعر است که مردم کوچه و

بازار فرانسه آنرا تکرار میکنند و آن اینست


روزی که به پاریس بیایی،

ژنرال نباشد،

ایفل نباشد،

پیاف(Edit Piaff)  نباشد،

پس که را خواهی‌ جست؟

و از این سه‌ یکی‌ به جا مانده است


Thankyou SK..

by expat on

For a beautiful montage.  Liked the song too (though I was a bit dubious at the start).  It's always nice to read people's reactions after not going back for a long time...


Regards x 

(The little girl brought a tear to my eye) 


Welcome back SK. MM link doesn't work

by Siavash300 on

Good to hear you come back.

  Did you get a chance to visit shah's grave in Egypt? I would love to go there some day.It becomes one of the best wishes I have in my life since I can't offord to go there now. I am saving money though. 

    I just checked MM link of over 22000 viewers but it didn't get opened.

Esfand Aashena

A cab driver gave me a cassette of old Moein songs as well.

by Esfand Aashena on

Did you have any hot beets on the street corners?  How hot was it?! 

Everything is sacred

Maryam Hojjat

Welcome Back, SK

by Maryam Hojjat on

tanks for GREAT Song your Soughti. 


Welcome back SK...

by Disenchanted on


      The place (IC) at times feels like lunatic asylum! :-) But it is alright otherwise!

       You missed the "breast gate"! I had to single handedly push back the unruly crowd and try to bring some sense to the discussion :-) The enthusiasm of the crowd here was as intense as the scorn shown by "some" back home!

     Thanks for bringing back a piece of Tehran!

Dr. Mohandes

sooosan khanoom

by Dr. Mohandes on

velkomz back!

Azzz ve say een eeran: u came all de vey here and did not come one tip of a foot to my peleyce? I am catching my tommy ferom you!! LOL

anywaysss... Not your fault. i am not holding it against ya. you did not have any clue i was there and i should have told you. Next time hopefully.


They, the people i mean, not only like it, but specially the young ones Live it, Breathe it, Dream of it, And frankly keep a copy of it right next to their beds.

In fact some even use it as a temporary fix/cure to the rising gold and dollar prices situation. One look at that chart...heart rate goes up...then one look at the photo...Ahhh... It is not all that bad:)))


iraj khan

Simply put: Wonderful!

by iraj khan on

The singer performs his song with powerful raw emotional energy.

I  also liked the little montage you have created with the images. Thanks for sharing them with us.


Soosan Khanoom

by MM on

In Iran, who did you chat with regarding Golshifteh?  The email I recieved from the men I know says otherwise:


Soosan Khanoom

Thank you dear Bavafa..

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: )


Welcome back SK ...

by Bavafa on

Hope all is well.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Soosan Khanoom

By the mosque?

by Soosan Khanoom on

Hmmm ....  I shall wear a hot red burqa ..


: )


one pors chelo kabaab westwood style on me then.

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

lets meet up by the mosque. I'll be wearing a red rose on my beret, and that is all I'll be wearing :)

How about you? what will you be wearing?.... 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Soosan Khanoom

Actually dear Lily

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Iost quite a bit of weight.. But I will gain back in no time ... All thanks to the land of Apple Pie and French Fries ... 

: ) 

Soosan Khanoom

Rozbeh Azizam

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I missed you too  : )

By the way, I have heard the best chelo kababis are in sunny LA ...  I will stop by in summer ...  


Soosan Khanoom

Faramarz jan

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I can't understand what all the fuss is about?  After all it is just a breast ...  ; )

Besides People in Iran were so worred about the dollar and gold values that they did not even notice she was posing naked?  



welcome back indeed

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

And I hope you saved us all some of that chelo kabaab... 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Welcome Back Soosan Khanoom

by Faramarz on

What did they think of Golshifteh's naked breast?

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My darling Lily

by Soosan Khanoom on

You are a sweetheart ...

hugs  : )

Tiger Lily

SK, SISTA!!!!!

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Soosan Khanoom

Dear VPK

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Thank you so much for your kind words.   I am glad you liked it. 

Soosan Khanoom

Aynak Jan

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LOL ..... you really scared me .....  

I wanted sooooo badly to buy a persian rug but i really could not afford the ones that I liked  .... may be next time ...  

I should also say that I not only wish NO WAR upon innocent people of Iran but I also wish NO WAR upon any one else who lives on this planet. 


: ) 


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Welcome back and nice to hear sane words

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Dear SK welcome back; I hope you had a nice visit. It is nice to read a normal person here. A breath of fresh air after the hate filled blogs others put.

Thank you.

Soosan Khanoom

Dear MM

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I am hoping for everyone to get a chance to go back and visit Iran ... 

and thank you for your warm welcome. 

Soosan Khanoom

Red Wine Aziz

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Thank you  : )