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February 27, 2007


I’ve read many of Manoj Joshi’s articles with interest (on his blog). This one brought back memories of my own pleasurable travels in the region. I too was struck by the cosmopolitan diversity of their capital cities and my ease in them. Iran is high on my travel wish list. Actually Iraq was higher, but will that now happen in my lifetime?

Better to visit Iran now than after the Bush admin tries bombing them into the same nothingness as Iraq, I think.

But you probably don't have much time left before that happens, judging from all the signs.

May be there is some hope yet.

The middle east is a region I would love to visit. I passed up a couple of golden opportunities and now I regret it. As for feeling comfortable, I think for those of us who grew up in northern India, the middle east would probably be very familiar. As Manoj mentions in his article, the Grand Bazaar in Tehran appeared to him to be like a "cleaner" version of an old Delhi bazaar.

And yes, Manoj also told me that the overwhelming majority of ordinary Iranians are very kindly disposed towards America. They are just disgusted with the way the two governments are behaving - the US as the bully and Ahmadinejad as a provocateur.

Here is a telling story of how we prefer brinkmanship to diplomacy.

Excellent review, thanks. I wish the U.S. and Iran were at peace, for the sole reason that it sounds like a really nice place.

I agree with Mike. I have heard that Tehran is a beautiful and interesting place with kind and polite people. Too bad I am American or it would be high on my list if only for the food.

Interesting how different the country looks at ground level compared to the filtered level provided by the Bush Administration and the compliant press. I wonder if Baghdad looked like this in early 2003.

I've been to Iran too - it's a lovely country. But please tell your brother-in-law that the vast majority of Arab women are NOT housebound. He should travel even more before repeating false stereotypes! It's like saying all Indians do the rope trick.

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