Archive | May 2008

Pictures of Abyaneh

I can’t sleep again 😀 ….and yes once again I created another masterpiece…this time it’s a video of the pix I took in Abyaneh.

Oh, once I get off my lazy ass, I’ll write a proper post about Abyaneh and it’s mesmerizing cultural/historical attractions. But to be honest with you, I have lost the book and the CD I bought over there with all the info!!!

So until my Angel of Lost and Found Items places them in my lap, please accept the video and this brief info for the time being:

Abyaneh has been nicknamed a living architectural and anthropological museum.

It is famous for its highly intellectual and educated people, their deep commitment to their traditional customs and attire, and the fact that they still speak Parthian Pahlavi amongst themselves. Parthian Pahlavi was a language spoken in NE Iran from 250 BC to226 AD, i.e a language that died out 2000 years ago.

You can’t help but get an eerie feeling walking through the streets of Abyaneh

PS. The song in the video is “Doroghataam Ghashange” by Naser

Don’t ask me what’s the song got to do with the video :O

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The Philosopher and the Fish

Quick question: What is happiness? How can you tell when you are happy? And how can you tell when someone else is happy?

I received an email from an friend with the subject line: Poor woman

Here’s the email:

Mum set for 18th baby

An Arknsas woman is pregnant with her 18th child – and says she plans to have more.

Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year’s Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers, including two sets of twins.

All of the children’s names start with the letter J – and they are all schooled at the family’s home in Tontitown.

“We’ve had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us,” she said.

The Duggars’ oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old.

Mrs Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and she and her husband, Jim Bob, say they’ll keep having children as long as God wills it.

“The success in a family is first off, a love for God, and secondly, treating each other like you want to be treated,” Mr Duggar said.

“Our goal is for each one of our children to be best friends, and everybody working together to serve each other makes that happen.”

The children, in between Joshua and Jennifer, are: Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2.

So when I saw my friend, I go:

Me: why did you say ‘poor’ woman

Her: DID you NOT read HOW MANY kids she has??!!!

Me: DID you NOT see her picture?

Her: Huh???

Me: Just stare at her eyes; with a piece of paper cover her mouth and forehead so you can only see her eyes. She is smiling with her eyes, there’s bright joy in those lanterns. Very rarely you can look deep into someone’s eye and not notice any fear; in hers not only I didn’t see any fear, they were kinds soothing as well.

Her: Would you be happy being her?

Me: Me?!! No!! Of course not…well I don’t think so anyway…but the point is I’m not her. The things that make me happy probably won’t make her happy.

Her: I still think she’s not happy. No one can be happy with 18 kids!!!

This conversation kinda reminded me of the story of the philosopher and the fish. Enjoy the story:

A philosopher once said to a fish, “The purpose of life is to reason and become wise.” The fish answered, “The purpose of life is to swim and catch flies.” The philosopher muttered “Poor fish.” Back came a whisper, “Poor philosopher.”

So I sound French :D

Conversation 2: A salesclerk at Debenhams talking to me and my mom

Mom: [commenting about a clothing item in Persian]

Me: [nodding in Persian]

Mom: [not hearing my nod, re-commenting]

Me: [agreeing, talking about nonsense for a while]

Salesclerk: [staring at us]

Me: [still talking nonsense]

Salesclerk: [eavesdropping on our conversation]

Me: [in Persian] mom I think that dude over there understands Farsi; he’s listening in

Mom: [stares at the dude!!!]

Salesclerk: [looks apologetic, smiles sheepishly]…eeeey sorry were you guys speaking French?

Me: French???!! It sounded French??!!

Salesclerk: Yeah.

Mom: Where are you from?

Salesclerk: India

Mom: So, you should have been able to tell we were speaking Persian. Our language is so close. See we say “khub’ for ‘good’ you guys say ‘khubsorat’ for beautiful, so see it literally means good face… so and then there’s the word…

Me: [patiently waits for the linguistic lessons to end]

Did I hear a ssshhhhhh? Ahhh so you must be Persian

Conversation 1: Me and some new teacher I just met

New dude I just met: So where are you from?

Me: Guess.

New dude I just met: Iran

Me: Wooooo that was quick. It usually takes people 8-10 guesses. What gave me away? My Persian eyes..heheheh.

New dude I just met: Nope. It was your name.

Me: Ahhhhhhh, hold on I thought you said you just came to Kuwait from Egypt. There aren’t that many Iranians in Egypt so how come you are so familiar with iranain names?

New dude I just met: Actually this is the first time I hear a name like yours. I just “knew’ it’s an Iranian name.

ME: You just ‘knew’??!!

New dude I just met: Yeah coz it has ‘sh’ in it.

Me: WTH!!! You guessed my nationality from the sh sound in my name??!!!

New dude I just met: Yep. See since coming to Kuwait you are the 6th Iranian I’ve met and all but 1 of you had a sh in their names. Even when I hear 2 Iranians speaking I hear a lot of the ‘sh’ sounds. And when Marina FM put some Iranian music, again lots and lots of the ‘sh’ sound. Your name has ‘sh’ in it, even your last name has ‘sh’ in it, so I guessed you are Iranian…and I was right.

Ok, so I gotta put his little theory to test.

First the songs:

So with a pen and paper in hand I start to listen attentively to a couple of songs. To be honest with you I didn’t hear THAT many sh’s. Ok maybe it sounds a lot coz most of the common words in songs have sh in them:

Love=eshgh

Night=shab

Eyes=cheshm

To become: shodan (this is very common)

Fire: Ateesh (don’t ask me why this was quite common in the songs I listened to)

City: shahr (ok this is common coz lovers always want to leave the city…don’t ask)

You killed me=mano koshtee (this is a way of saying “I love you” :P)

Second the name

From a site of Iranian female names I counted 44 female names out of 320 that had the sh sound in it

That’s 13.75%.

Now how would I know if that is a high percentage?? Hmm I guess I gotta count all the other sounds as well….

PS. I counted very quickly so don’t bug me that my numbers are incorrect…leave 5 names for margin of error

To slip or not to slip

So mom, bro and I are watching Tom and Jerry

ME: hahahaha

MOM: hehehehe

BRO: hohohoh

ME: Aaaahhhhh

MOM: LOL

[5 minutes later-1 second after watching a scene where Tom slips on a banana peel]

ME: How come we never see people slipping on banana peels in real life? Actually what’s a banana peel doing on the floor in the first place? There’s no other garbage on the floor, so what’s with the banana peel

No comment from anyone

ME: Seriously, other than Tom and Jerry and that deodorant commercial I have never actually seen a person slipping on one. I don’t think it’s possible to slip on one.

Still no comment from anyone

ME: Do we have any bananas? I wanna test this slipping thingy. I’ll put one near the threshold and see if the next person who walks in would slip or not. I gotta figure this out; I want to know what’s the deal with banana peels.

MOM AND BRO AT THE SAME TIME: Get a life!!!!!!

The Countdown of our Lives

When I was in Tehran this time I noticed that they had installed digital countdown clocks on most traffic lights.

WHAT A GREAT IDEA 😀

I used to drive in Tehran during the pre-countdown era and in those days us the trick that us Tehrani drivers used was to watch out for the light on the opposite direction. As soon as it turned yellow, we knew ours would turn green in a couple of seconds.

But these newly countdown clocks will let you in exactly how many seconds the light would turn green and also when it would turn red (so if you are 100 meters away you could speed up to 150 km/hr to pass the light before it turns red).

I noticed that Tehrani drivers now are a lot more relaxed when waiting at the traffic light. They don’t have to be watching the other light all the time.

Sometimes I wish certain things in my life would have digital countdown clock.

Don’t wanna be watching ‘the other light’ anymore.

I wanna know…

know how long left