8/26/2007

Love Story at 4:00 P.M.

Farrokh Shehabi and Dr. Fereshteh Davaran posed for me!
(No, they are not the love story subjects! They're just friends.)
I went to listen to Dr. Julie Scott Meisami, scholar and author of books about Arabic and Persian Poetry, formerly of Tehran, Oxford, and Harvard Universities, who talked about Leili and Majnun in Iranian miniatures and literature. It was an interesting lecture. She explained Iranian miniature scenes depicting this famous love story, which she conducted in storytelling manner. It was a very good time listening, learning, and afterwards hanging out with local Bay Area intellectuals and celebrities! I chatted with my friend, Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar who is a lecturer in Near Eastern Studies Department, the famous writer Shahrnoush Parsipur, ceramics artist, Farrokh Shehabi, and Persian literature lecturer, Dr. Fereshteh Davaran among others. My friends Nazy and Mitra were along and the three of us enjoyed good chit-chat and laughs afterwards. It was a good Sunday afternoon spent at UC Berkeley with intelligent company. I love my life.

7 comments:

Mehran said...

that is what I want to hear Nazy jan. I am glad you had fun. you have a wondeful life.

Nazy said...

Salam Mehran Jan! How is Chicago? I see that you are having a wonderful time. So, why are you visiting us humble peasants in blogland, Your Majesty?! However, I must thanks for keeping an eye on us. Enjoy yourslef and if you see Jeerjeerak, give her my best regards.

! said...

خوبه که زندگی انسان رو راضی نگهداره این جمله من رو به یاد شعر سهراب میندازه ..
...
نه راضیم نکرد
بهتره بگم یاد اون عبارت فروغ میندازه که میگه :
ای زندگی این منم که با همه ی پوچی از تو سرشارم ...

Nazy said...

Salam Universal Dimension:

Thanks for reminding me of that Forough poem. Do you like "I will salute the sun again?" The last verses of that poem by Forough are also really beautiful. (Mi ayam, mi ayam, mi ayam...va astaneh por az eshgh mishavad...). Here's an English translation of those few verses:

I will come, I will come, I will come
And threshold will overflow with love
The girl who is still standing there
At the threshold brimming with love

Be good Universal Farshad. Come again.

! said...

:)
yeah it is really beautiful ..
you know for me the sohrab comments are still alive ...
so I will write the whole poem there soon ....
take care ....

Nazy said...

Yes, Uni-Farshad, that post has a life of its own, I agree! Do leave poems there, as I keep going back and reading and enjoying every one of those poems. They give me joy and hope. Take care my friend.

! said...

:)