10/04/2007

The Lights in Taleghan Nights

A cottage in the village of Gouran, Taleghan. More Taleghan photos by Fatameh Farajmandi here.
It's Friday in Tehran. I remember my Friday excursions into villages near Tehran. At this time of the year, Taleghan must be gorgeous, with walnut and fruit trees slowly shedding their leaves which have already turned into hundreds of beautiful colors. Harvest time has come and gone in those parts by now, my Taleghani friend tells me. He says walnuts and fruits and honey have already been shipped to their destinations. Now Taleghan rests and gears up for the snowy winter ahead. He says Taleghanis love to keep lights on in their homes, and on special occasions, such as Nowrooz, they keep the lights on all night. The air must have turned cool, urging locals to heat up their homes. I remember the prestine and cool sheets and blanket (lahaf) I was given in which to sleep one cold night when I was a guest of a Taleghani family. It was so welcoming to know that they had expected guests in their house, and that I was the lucky one! Their simple breakfast the next day was so delicious, I remember it still. Life goes on. For now, mine goes on some of the time with my memories. Thankfully, the rest of the time I am making new memories. No complaints.

13 comments:

Mehran said...

I have to go there one day

خانم شین said...

گاهی نوشته هایت را که می خوانم احساس می کنم که همین جاها هستی. باورم نمی شود که سالهاست از ایران رفته ای

nimshab said...

I like to go there now :)

Nazy said...

Mehran Jan, yes, put it on your list. It is very close to Tehran and it's particularly gorgeous in spring and summer. I have many Taleghooni friends, and we can even invite ourselves to Universal Farshad's house! Be good Ala Jan.

Nazy said...

Salam Shin Jan, Hee hee, I promise you I'm not there now! It hasn't been "years" yet, this time around. Like I said, part of the time, in my mind, I live in Iran. I hope you have a safe journey and that you enjoy your trip home. Do keep in touch as I will miss you very much. Bon Voyage.

Nazy said...

Nimeh Shab, wouldn't it be great if we could go now? I miss Iran in autumn, all of it! Have a good weekend my friend.

بانوي جشنواره زمستان said...

wwwwwwwwwwwwwowwwww
I went to taleghan for weekend , maybe you don't believe but I think about all my friends there and about U too, so you are here in Iran with us , with your friends ! we went to "jazan"
, I love it ....

Nazy said...

Neda Joon, Of course I believe you! We are in the business of "Vasf-ol-eish" these days! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself in beautiful Jazan. Remember to capture beautiful scenery on photographs and share them with us, as for now, we continue with our "vasf-ol-eish!" Be good janam.

ا. ش said...

باز هم نگاهی درخور و شایسته که این بار نشان پیوستگی با فضایی سرشار از معنا نیز در آن نهفته است

Nazy said...

Salam Alef Shin Jan:

Thank you. Can you see parts of yourself and others in this post? Your post about "light" insired the discussion which led to a description of "lights in Taleghan nights." I always think I am lucky enough to have one piece of a story. The other parts rest with others. If I am lucky enough to have a chance to talk to them, I can get the other pieces, and then I can write about the complete story. In my mind, that's the mission of a story-teller, a writer, to go collect the other pieces and put them together. Be good A. Sh. Jan.

farshad said...

سلام
این نوشته در حکم یک دعوت نامه ی رسمی است
من از همگی دعوت می کنم که تشریف بیارین و این دعوت رو هم از صمیم قلب می کنم
من در نظر داشتم چیزی در اینجا راجع به طالقان بنویسم ولی گفتم اول دعوتتون بکنم بعد

Nazy said...

Thank you Uni-Far Jan! You are gracious and kind. First chance I get, I will personally accept the invitation on everyone's behalf (they can come, too)! It would probably be best for us to come during the summer when we can go pick fresh fruit from the orchards. Fresh walnuts are fun to eat, but they stain our hands as I recall from my childhood! Thank you for your invitation Farshad Jan. Be good my friend.

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:)