Ever since I started my blog, friends and well wishers have been complaining about the photo I used in my blog. Especially the unshaved stubbles which prompted comments like "you look like one of those baseejis in Iran" :))
The truth is I dont have that many photos on my own. Most of the photos I have, are when I am amongst friends, family, colleagues or others and it would be unfair to include them on such a blog. Attempts to edit such pictures normally ends up in an ear getting cut or part of a chin missing etc.
Another criticism was the clothes I was wearing in the photo. "Why do you always dress in black?" Again the simple answer is being colour blind, wearing black is just a safe bet :) nothing more to it.
But finally, I listened to all these criticisms and changed the photo.
still look no better :) Best if you just not have a photo at all.
Hey Azarmehr, I actually liked your old picture, the serene face with the 5 o'clock shadow, dressed in a black turtle-neck and black leather jacket in the middle of an airport reminds me of a revolutionary secretly flying between countries meeting with underground organizations, setting up contacts, and working toward freedom. An undercover freedom-fighter. It was a cool look, man.
It was in an airport - how did you know? - but nothing undercover was happening :))
I like the new photo! I don't care that you wear black. I only care that you are standing tall, against extremists. Thank you for the courage to stand while many in the world are closing their eyes and turning away.
If I were to hold a conference in Tehran, it would be "The World Without Extremists." The keynote speaker would be quoted as saying, "Extremists need to be wiped off the map," and "Yes, it is possible to have a world without extremists."
Everyone's holding baggage and you can see the runway through the windows. :)
The previous one was fine too
we, all like your way of thinking but actually the new one is more friendly.
I hope to see your face happy forever.
I dont want to sound ungrateful at all, but it would be wrong of me if I don't say that living in a democracy and doing the sort of things I do, does not require much courage at all. I know I will never be arrested for what I write, and I won't be kidnapped etc. The real courage is displayed by those who are opposing despotic regimes inside those countries, by those who stood up to the mullahs in the 1988 massacre of Iranian prisoners, by the chemical victim veterans of Saddam's war on Iran who have enormous courage to face every day life and its challenges, by Iraqis who rather have a decent honourable life than succumb the lure of joining the sectarian militias who are killing innocent people everyday,...
Those of us who live in democracies are lucky, we dont have to show much courage at all, we just need to be a voice for those who have the real courage and we can then have a clear conscience.
Well said Azarmehr, sepas.
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