It has been quite a few weeks--and that's putting it mildly. Although a bit early, I wanted to share some Month-End #RandomThoughts. As I "go dark", I implore all to please #WearAMask, Practice Social Distancing and to please Vote:
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
It was quite distressing to see the burnt lands as the burning continues even today.
As I was out & about for the month, I got a chance to do a virtual audition for 25-Word or Less--It was fun to participate in it. But beyond the "fun stuff", one k ey projects I worked on was watching the Movie Nasrin depicting the life of the valiant Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner Nasrin Soutodeh and released thoughts during my social Media engagements and made it a point of talking about it with friends--as I commend the team at the Boston Globe for having showcased it as it did:
As I close out my Mid-Month Thoughts, I'm listening to an interview on Iran-E-Farda. I am in awe at the courage of the young man speaking with a one year old daugther on how he's speaking out against the tyranny of the Islamic Republic--I salute him for his courage--I am just in awe. How Iran has such beautiful people as Iran has been held hostage by evil.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
I had been working away on projects and commitments at the Daily Outsider over the ensuing days. I decided to dedicate this special #RandomThoughts to an Iranian Icon: Mohammad Reza Shajarian who passed away--a legend in every which way.
Ostaad Shajarian was one of Iran's Modern Icons and was laid to rest in his birthplace of Mashhad in line with his wishes to be laid to rest next to the great Ferdowsi. He was beloved by all. In the aftermath of the 2009 Green Movement, he stepped up to be with the people and was banned by a Regime whose officials was stepping over themselves to extend condolences on his passing. It was so irritating to be witness to--I noted this in a response as a simple ordinary face in a tweet to Rouhani's Deputy.
As news of his death spread throughout Tehran, the people came out in front of the hospital and began by shouting slogans like "Death to Dictator". Iranian officials deployed security forces to deal with the people as the people also sang his iconic songs as a tribute to him. They were so nervous that they slowed down the internet out and about Tehran as reported by NetBlocks late yesterday:
He was a larger than life figure and they could not do anything more than to just simply ban him. Although Cancer took him, he will live in. Iranians are grieving--but as Sadeq Sabah of Iran International Noted, it is a life to celebrate as I close out with the following thoughts in Farsi: