A group selfie at the Caspian Sea, iran | Found on Instagram
For many years, I yearned for glimpses of the life and people of Iran aside from its myopic presentation on mass media. After my epic trip to Iran, I now have my own first hand experience and pictures and stories that I’ve been excited to share with you, and I am eager to continue to share. Albeit, at the slow pace the series is unfolding, it may take me 3 years to recount a 3 month journey! (Which, an aside, a query: Why can’t I clone myself and put my clones to work? Do you think it would be alright if I crowdfund a cloning project? The clones would have to work feverishly from sunrise to sunset, it’s true, but they would get to listen to a Googoosh and Abjeez sound track and get plenty of tea and noon ‘o panir, as well as the occasional polo khoresh on festive holidays. So I wouldn’t hear of any complaints from them. Oh no! No sir! They should just be thankful and count their blessings to be so gainfully employed. Ungrateful wretches! … And yes, please do ignore me, I’m just being ultra silly.)
Meanwhile, thanks to social media, you don’t need to actually travel to Iran to gain a more balanced, comprehensive and vivid idea of life there. It’s also possible by now to glean quite a lot about the Iranian culture from the Iranians-at-large in diaspora communities across this marvelous and confounding globe of ours.
So I’m starting this new blog series where I will share with you some of my favorite Persian-centric images, Facebook postings, Instagrams, Pins, tweets, websites, articles, videos, news, businesses, and what-nots as found in cyberspace. The Persian nooks and crannies of the Internet! I hope it will be a fun way to offer you an alternative glimpse of the life, sensibility, aesthetics and culture of Iran and the Iranian people. And one that I hope will introduce you to the work, photos, stories, and resources of a number of talented and passionate Iranians, hyphenated Iranians, and Iranian organizations.
Note: All of the images are scoured from social media sites and are live links (just hover the mouse over the image and/or the handle name.) I encourage you to click and go right to the source to explore and follow their content!
Fathers & Daughters in Iran. A series of portraits of Iranian fathers and daughters in different social classes in Tehran and other cities by Nafise Motlaq.
— Iran Style (@Iran_Style) August 19, 2014
I made a happy squeaky noise when I saw this image on Twitter. And not just because @Iran-Style is one of my fave people to follow on Twitter. This is the hotel my friend and I stayed at when we went to Yazd (in April) and it brings back so many good memories. It’s pretty, right? My room was 3 windows to the left! Note the shallow pool in its courtyard — a trademark of many Persian gardens and courtyards.
Did you hear about this? Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian and currently a professor at Stanford, became the first woman to win math’s most prestigious medal. I have insider info from the geek community that goes like this: “The geeks love Maryam!” That’s good to know! @Wired magazine has a nice story and a nice video about this truly admirable woman, who, on a shallow note, I must say looked impossibly adorable as a little girl. Every single Iranian is proud of her!
Agnès Varda’s 1976 Short Film Plaisir d’Amour en Iran http://t.co/CuDMOCjLbu
— Mehrdad Aref-Adib (@arefadib) July 17, 2014
So this is a vintage video shot in Iran: a harmlessly fun way to while away 6 minutes of your life and you’ll get to practice your French into the bargain.
And here’s an Iranian hiker posing atop the Bisotoon wall in Kermanshah! Ah, this brings back sweet memories of my own trip again. A mere 4 months ago on a drizzly day, in the company of my lovely cousins, I stood exactly where this hiker is standing! yadesh be kahir!
Here’s a flower nursery in Iran …
— Dirt Road (@pedestrian) September 15, 2014
We can’t leave without at least one mouthwatering shot of Persian food! A zereshk polo glistening with butter and saffron … made by a nice Iranian mom … oh my sweet Lord!
And since we started with a selfie, let’s end this with another selfie, this one a couple of young Iranian women in the subway, in Tehran.
So that’s it. Hope you enjoyed this inaugural tour of my favorite Persian nooks and crannies in cyberspace; and boos boos and hugs until next!