In Iran

About Nilanjan Hajra

Nilanjan Hajra, 49, is a poet, traveller and gourmet. He earns his living as a journalist.

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“Why are you calling it isolation? We perceive it as independence,” said Prof. Fakr, in his mid 60s. He was asked his opinion about the probable end to Iran’s ‘isolation’ following its nuclear deal with P5+1.

“They can. But we also can,” said graphic artist Mehdi, 32. He was reflecting on how Iranians could watch so many foreign channels in Farsi? Can’t the ‘Mullah Regime’ stop people from viewing these if it so wish?

“You think we like it? We have accepted it willy nilly,” said engineer Tahmineh, 28. She was expressing her thoughts about Iran’s dress-code for women.

“According to the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), during 1980-2012, Iran’s Human Development Index (HDI) value… has been about double the global average growth rate… India and Pakistan experienced different degrees of progress toward increasing their HDIs and Iran clearly outpaced both of them.” United Nations Information Centre, Tehran. 30 April, 2013.

November, 2015. Twenty days across Iran. Lodged mostly at Iranian homes. Candid exchanges with people across regions, genders and ages. Nilanjan Hajra discovers a nation, achieving spectacular successes, grappling with difficult issues and trying to construct an alternative to the consumerist Western model of development.


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2 Response Comments

  • Deeba05/07/2017 at 2:02 PM

    So pleased to see a series on Iran, my second home! I saw it flourish during Shah’s reign! I saw it crumble too! It’s amazing how Iranians are so resilient! Power to them!
    My novel, URMA, shows this strength, shows the women of Iran, from a very different perspective!
    I would invite you to delve into the life of URMA, a woman who had to forsake it all! Women fiction! (buying link from my website)
    I hv loved each of these series on Iran!
    Keep it up guys!
    So proud!!

    • Aditya Kajarekar21/07/2017 at 12:17 PM

      Thank you so much, Deeba. Your words mean a lot 🙂

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