Tuesday, July 29

Old and Wise words



“He that knows not and knows not that he knows not—avoid him; he that knows not and knows that he knows not—uh, wait a minute—uh, instruct him; he that knows and knows that he knows—cleave unto him” (Tempest-Tost, 28).



I am sure it rings a certain tune in your mind too!

katayoun

Sunday, July 27

Our Salutation to our Late King, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi



This brief note is a homage to our late King, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi; a King under whose great leadership Iran was flourishing as a Secular, Stable and Independent country in one of the most troubled areas on this planet, the Middle East.

Let us remember our late King as a man who believed in justice, peace, democracy and secularism without propagating against his own people, or the whole world. A King, who was not afraid of his own people, did not believe in entering any “political campaign,” and did not wish to defend himself against the cheap accusations of the Western Media, supplemented by the dollar-worshiping lobbyist in Washington.

Let us remember our late King, as a dignified man of great compassion, who trusted his friends and forgave his enemies, spent many sleepless nights in exile thinking about his country’s fate, while battling cancer. Let us remember the late King as a man who believed in the greatness of Iran, without threatening the “peace-process” in the Middle East.

TwoShorties

Thursday, July 24

"He that will avoid trouble must avoid the world"

“No, this is a Great Theatre of Life. Admission is free but the taxation is mortal. You come when you can, and leave when you must. The show is continuous.” (The Cunning Man, 514)


(Something for you, who looks, thinks and ...) katayoun

Sunday, July 13

The tale of the Fox and its Tail

There is a proverb in Farsi that goes like this:

They asked the Fox, “who is your witness?” The Fox answered, “my own tail”.


Andrew Young, the United States (the Fox) ambassador and President Carter’s special convoy to the UN (1977), asserted that, “Khomeini’s movement has been influenced by an American Educational System, and it’s inspired by it. What I can say is that this Revolution’s ideals are the same as the ideals of all human right advocates. When this Revolution settles (entering its fourth stage, which it never did!), then the whole world will realize that Khomeini (the Fox’s tail) is one of our Contemporary’s Saints”.

katayoun

Saturday, July 12

Dreams

Dreams

Here we are all, by day; by night, we’re hurled

By dreams, each one into a several world.

(Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)

Tuesday, July 8

What you read is what is there!

For those of you who believe that “Balcanization” of Iran is not possible, the New Yorker’s favourite contributor, Mr. Seymour Hersh has some “news”. Try to chew on it, if you can!

katayoun

Monday, July 7

The come-back begins with Henry James (1843-1916)


“Art lives upon discussion, upon experiment, upon curiosity, upon variety of attempt, upon the exchange of views and the comparison of standpoints; and there is a presumption that those times when no one has anything particular to say about it, and has no reason to give for practice or preference, though they may be times of honor, are not times of development—are times, possibly even, a little of dullness.” (Henry James, The Art of Fiction, 1884)