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I like to feature young up and coming Iranians making a name for themselves and contributing to pop culture. First up is Melody Ehsani. She is a shoes and accessories designer based out of L.A., Cali, USA. She has worked with superstar pop acts such as Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Keri Hilson, and many many more. Not all young Iranians need to me laywers and doctors. Get creative, it pays off too! click to go to MELODY EHSANI official site.

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ok, so the concept of taarof is something my friends and I discuss all the time, and how North Americans do not have this concept at all. It’s hard to describe the concept to my Canadian friends, because it almost seems backwards. It’s also a hard thing to define. It just is in our culture. From a young we just sort of know it and how it works because our parents taarof with family members and thier friends. Here are some examples of taarof-ing:

  1. Inviting someone to your house, when you really don’t want them to come, but you almost feel like you have to invite them
  2. when you go to a grocery store the cashier will say something to the effect of “no go ahead, it’s a gift” at which point the customer will say oh why thank you, and proceeds to pay because obviously its NOT a gift
  3. when you go to someone’s house and you are sitting at the dinner table, dinner plate full, and the host offers you even more food

I’m sure there are more examples and if you can think of any, add them in the comment section. There is also a Wikipedia link on Taarof for more information.

Ok, I love this. There is a Taarof King 2008. Check out the article about a Iranian-American camp in the states that holds a taarof competition.  (article)

The Taarof King 2008

The Taarof King 2008

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Persepolis

Persepolis

Persian: Ancient Soul of Iran is an amazingly detailed article written by Marguerite Del Giudice for National Geographic. Accompanying the article are numerous photos taken by photographers Newsha Tavakolian and Simon Norfolk that show the true beauty of Iran and all of the historic sites.

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Facts about Iran

Women as a percentage of paid workforce about 13%

University places taken by women 65%

Rate of inflation 13/25% (official/unofficial)

Surface area 1,648,000 sq km

Highest point Mt Damavand (5671m)

Population about 70 million

Population living in towns and cities 70%

Lowest point Caspian Sea (-28m)

Part of population aged under 30 70%

Per capita GDP US$2440/8700 (nominal/PPP)

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MAP OF IRAN

MAP OF IRAN

MAP OF IRAN

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Hello!

so I decided to start this blog to have a place where I can compile all of the interesting and amazing information I find on the internet about Iran, Iranian people and Persian culture. This will not be a blog focused on people living in Iran only, but it will be about Iranians from all over the world doing great things, from all walks of life. I would also like to highlight more articles and info about Iranian history, the Persian Empire and people can learn about our history. I am a Canadian/Iranian woman in my mid twenties. Never having lived in Iran (I was born in Tehran but moved to Canada with my family at the age of 3), I am learning more and more about my culture, the history of my birthplace and the amazing people that come from this country. I think we have been given a bad image in the media, and maybe this blog can help alter that, even in the eyes of a few people. Thanks for stopping by!

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