Saturday, October 24, 2020

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts

 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:  

Please Stay Safe & Be Well. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Out & About with Some Mid-Month Brief #RandomThoughts

It has been quite a month, yet again.  There is never ever a dull moment.

I have been continuing commitments at the Daily Outsider as I have been pushing away on some key long-term plans.    This was also a week that I'm remembering my late Aunt, Mahroo Pourarien (Pearson) that played such a pivotal role in my life--and I released a contribution to Mom's Against Poverty in her  memory.   I also worked on doing some minor long-delayed "tweaks' to a long-delayed Personal Social Media Profiles.

It has also been a busy month as I crisscrossed my beautiful State of California and grateful to the team at Google captured this for me:

 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: 

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It has also been a great month as I resurrected  contribution to the World Community Grid and Donate a Photo as I note a recent snapshot courtesy the team at The World Community Grid:

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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.

I close out with this very compelling thought as I remain hopeful for the future in spite of it all: 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

#RandomThoughts: Reflecting Upon the Life of an Iranian Icon-Mohammad Reza Shajarian

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: 

His Son, Homayon, --a iconic performer in his own right--was so gracious as he left it up to the people to express their love especially as COVID-19 continues to ravage Iran--and there were also chants of "Long Live Shajarian".       The Leading Iranian Network Iran International had a special in Farsi I note here:

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: 

(One Brief Update:     As I was listening to the interview with Ostaad Shajarian's Lawyer, he was not banned--he sued to have his work not be broadcast on Iran's State Broadcaster because it was his way to oppose the policies of the Islamic Republic--Quite a legacy...)

Folded hands