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Let's Remember Iran's Literary Treasures

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Not many people know what Taher is or where it is and why it is so well known in a certain circle. Taher is an Emamzadeh with a small but very pleasant looking graveyard in North West of Tehran near Karaj.

There in a welcoming view to the visitors, and in the green surroundings lay many of our national literary by-gone treasures.

There you will find Ahmad Shamlou, Ahmad Mahmoud, Houshang Golshiri, Jafar Pouyandeh, Mohamad Mokhtari and Ghazaleh Alizadeh. They are all in one plot, and except for Alizadeh the others are almost all buried next to each other.

Many ordinary readers, devotees, friends and family members come to Emamzadeh Taher, mainly on Thursday evenings, many regularly, to pay their respect to these dear ones and to put flowers on their graves and water the plants near by as it is the custom in Iran. What is most noticeable and distinguishable here is that these visitors do one more thing. They read their poems or passages from their stories or lines from their books. This can be so moving, specially when the sun starts going down. There are few visitors you will find without moist eyes nearby.

This is one of the unknown places that I take many visitors and show them how people pay tribute to all these dear men and women of Iran's Pen Heritage.

Next time you are in Tehran why not take a short trip and pay your respect too.

... Payvand News - 7/17/03 ... --

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