Like so many others, I have now managed to recover from the utter surprise of the recent Iranian election results. Whatever the first round of the election might have been, the second round was as fair and square as you could get anywhere. The June 25th election seemed a sort of exercise of democracy, even though many do not like the outcome. The quiet revolution or whatever you wish to call it, on 17th June, was a first rate, well thought-out, premeditatedly staged and well executed plan.
By the second round, young people had learned that they will get marriage grants of half a million toman (about $600). Few suspected that he would be the final winner, but Mr. Ahmadinejads promises of a better share of the countries wealth for all was quite appealing to the population, as much as Mr. Karoubie's promise in the first round of 50,000 toman (roughly $60) for each Iranian every month brought him so many extra votes. Many are thinking about leaving and some have packed their bags already. They take not only their money but their knowledge and expertise, sadly. As for me, and many others, we wait and see the recent events in their historical perspective, and take a long-term view of the situation. Some say that if we truly care and believe in a civil society, we must be able to forgo our own interests for the interests of the majority of Iranians. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best without fearing the worst
To take your minds off all this, I have some new decorating ideas for you. I went to see my friend Yeghaneh's house a few weeks ago and I was so impressed with what she had done to her walls. She is a painter as well as a Yoga teacher and a great person to know. After looking at what she had done to her walls, I thought many of us get some dirt or soot on our walls, especially if we have central heating or walls near wood or gas fires. Here are some lovely ideas for you, whether you want to go through a major painting job and brighten up your house by painting some nice patterns on your walls, or simply just cover some of the damage. See what you think about these.
By the way please be informed that from 21st July, all Tehran telephone numbers will change and will become eight digits ones. This will be easy to remember; as all one has to do is only to repeat the first digit of the current phone number. Please inform friends.
... Payvand News - 7/19/05 ... --