Friday, 30 May 2014

Impressions from Iran (5) Final Episode: Iran! Iran! 伊朗印象(5)终结篇: 伊朗!伊朗!

Isfahan Square
Two weeks in Iran showed me the extent to which a country can be savagely demonised by the corporate free press. I was surprised by the contrast between what I saw, and what’s commonly portrayed in TV and newspapers. I hope my pictures have said at least a few words.


Iranians are by far the friendliest and warmest people I’ve met, with a spirit that defies sanction. That said, the ancient civilisation does face considerable internal dilemma and external challenges, threatening her olde worlde charm with polarising tensions.


The wonderful dishes of Southern Iran can be a bit repetitious though:
lamb & chicken & lamb & chicken & lamb kebabs, with grilled fish, uh, as fresh as it comes in a desert

Under the "bridge over dried up river" in Isfahan
Like most old countries, Iran’s most impressive asset and potential lie in her history and people (and oil, in her case). Persia’s long history has a strong religious DNA though, more recently (for the past ten centuries) dominated by Islam. Is a strict theocracy a viable option in the 21st Century? Should religious authority yield ground for an Islamic Republic with Iranian characteristics? These are pressing and critical questions that only Iranians can answer.


Woman paying respect at the tomb of Cyrus the Great

This cypress is one of the oldest trees on earth, estimated to be more than 4000 years old

If Allah and Satan would loosen their grips, I’m optimistic that the long-term future of Iran is augured by the bright smiles and warm hearts of her people. I wish them all the best. 




The root of all troubles
Tomorrow  明天
Islamic Republic with Iranian characteristics?
Peace!  和平!

End of Impressions from Iran series
伊朗印象篇 就此完结

Link to Impression (1): Faces of Evil



Gen said...

There is an intriguing b&w photo with white flowing hair and beard? Is that a mummy of a sage? What a great series, and I wish you can extend it! This reminds me of a recent article I came across where a Singaporean who visited N. Korea was shocked to see happy people there!

James Tam 谭炳昌 (过渡) said...

Thank you very much! Glad you liked it. Yes the head with a flowing beard is a desiccated mummy on display at the Museum of Archeology. Nobody knows if he was a sage or a fool, but his head has somehow survived the ages :-)