My name’s Ayda, pronounced (EYE-dah). #Farsi is my first language. Although we use the Arabic alphabet (with the exception of four letters) and some Arabic vocabulary, our language is completely different. A little about me: 1) I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and came to the US as a student in 2009 2) The best part about being an immigrant is now I get to celebrate both Christmas and #Nowruz (Persian New Year) 3) Where's that accent from?" I get this question a lot and it might be because I still pronounce Ws and Vs the same way. 4) This internal conversation comes up pretty regularly: Is baseball really this hard to figure out? Why can't I understand this game? 🤔#nprlife#nprrad#WestAsia#MiddleEast#Iran#PersianAmerican#APAHM#AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth
I truly don't know what made this Tajik man smile. Maybe that childish shyness in front of the camera. His smile definitely added some positive contrast to the surrounding brutality and now it continues bringing me joy every time I look at this image.
"That thing is Freedom:
the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality. But ye
can see it only through the lens of Time, in a little clear picture, through the inverted telescope. It is
a picture of moments following one another and yourself in each moment making some choice that
might have been otherwise. Neither the temporal succession nor the phantom of what ye might
have chosen and didn't is itself Freedom." (C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce)
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Central Market Nowruz Festival | 2017
It takes months of training to prepare a horse for the game. Buzkashi horses are very strong, they can last up to 20 years and the prices can range anywhere from $700-$25,000. Lakai, originally an Uzbek breed, is the one people usually buy in Tajikistan. Only wealthy Tajiks can afford to own a horse.
وقتی کارا اونجوری که تو میخوای پیش نمیره
سعی نکن مقابل خدا قرار بگیری
زمانبندی خدا همیشه معرکه است!
Buzkashi must-haves: Chapan, a traditional coat in Central Asia, a whip (for horses only), shin padding, sturdy leather boots, and of course a salvaged Soviet tank helmet for protection, which is available for purchase in the souvenir stores in Dushanbe.
Kookoo Sabzi: a traditional Iranian New Year dish made with tons of herbs and a couple of eggs. It's like a quiche, but all greens, and no crust. This one from @all_about_eggs had turmeric, onions, dill, spinach, scallions, romaine, basil, and parsley. Super good with yogurt and bread. Thanks @_paw and @doppelson
for testing it out with me.