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I love having guests! A part of this has something to do with my being Iranian. And the great culture in which I was grown up.
An important update:
If you have smallest prejudgement about my gender, nationality, or things like this, it signifies that I can't be a suitable host/guest for you. :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Hosting some good guests (or maybe being guest of some good hosts), getting to know some interesting people.
If I host you, it is not to get a reference. It is of course nice to get one, but I don't expect it at all. The fun is to know each other and enjoy the chance of discovering a new person, a new character.
Music, Movies, and Books
My taste for music is a bit ... well... I think I like folk music the best! Afro-cuban, Jazz and Reggae are some other types that I like as well.
I also like some Iranian and Turkish pop singers. I think my childhood especially connects me to Turkish pop music. Between Iranian singers I like Ebi the most. ... Actually I love him! ... I even put one step forward and say he is my most favorite singer! Not only because of his songs, also [and more] because of his lovely character. Between Turkish singers I like Ibrahim Tatlises and Tarkan the most. One of my wishes is to attend one of Tarkan's concerts in Europe! haha.
When it comes to hip-hop and rap, I can say it is not the type of music that I enjoy. But there are few exceptions. Very few. Maybe less than ten songs which address the political and social condition of my lovely [but badly ill] country Iran.
* House of sand and fog
* Lord of war
* Fight club
* Sin city
* The family man
* My best friend's wedding (I like this movie just for a small particular reason!)
* Meet the Fockers
* Sin nombre
* 21 Nights with Pattie
* Woman at war (Director: Benedikt Erlingsson): This movie is simply amazing! A woman with two very different faces: partly a yoga trainer and taichi and meditation. And partly a warrior against giant industrial companies and their harmful activities. The whole atmosphere of the movie is surreal. Serious but in funny way. I recommand this movie.
I don't have much to write in here. I am not a big fan of Hollywood movies. The german TV channels ARTE and Das Erste sometimes show amazing movies which are more interesting for me. In general unfortunately watching movies is not what I usually do in my spare time.
* "A Hairy Tale" by Homayoun Ghanizadeh. (نام ایرانی فیلم: مسخره باز) This is a very different film in Iranian movie industry. The whole movie is filmed in a barber shop. Something like a theater. The whole atmosphere is very surreal. I just wanted to watch the first five minutes of the movie, but I couldn't stop watching till the end.
* Fritzi - Eine Wendewundergeschichte. An animation which beautifully reflects the time in DDR while narrating the story of a young girl who tries to reach her friend's dog to her in west Germany.
* Change of Address (Emmanuel Mouret) (2006): Is the story of a young musician who moves in Paris. There he finds a room in a shared appartment. His relationship with his roommate, a daydreamer, and his falling in love with his pupil makes the story very interesting.
* Die Reise mit Vater (Anca Miruna Lazarescu) (2016): The story of two brothers and their father from Romania in the turbulent time of Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu, who find themselves in west Germany. In Germany they get to know young people with left tendencies. The older brother is policitally active against Romanian communist regime. The younger brother is less radical. The death of father makes their situation in Germany even more complicated. I like this movie because all the contradictions the two brothers were perceiving between young German left activists and their experience of living in a communist country, somehow is similar to my thoughts or questions or confusion about left movements (we are not even talking about right wing! Their case is clear: dark and dirty!). There is no doubt in good intentions. It is more the huge gap between what we achieve and what we aimed to achieve.
Well, many! But I have decided to write a line in here everytime I finish a book. Soooo:
"Dear Life" by Alice Munro. A collection of short stories that the author had written in newspapers and etc. I found this book boring till I finished it, but later on I liked it! It showed me how inspiring our normal lives can be. Our lives are full of stories. We just need to recognize them, and even better if we can narrate them.
"Gambler" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Exactly converse of "Dear Life"! Stormy beginning, full of happenings, full of surprises! The major character of the book is a young private teacher who starts to gamble and surprisingly becomes very good at it. How his falling in love to a lady makes him a gambler and how he destroys all what he builds. I just loved this book so fiercely!!!
I had a guest from CouchSurfing, Henrike, who thought me something amazing: It IS possible to read several books at the same time! I thought about this a bit more and now I am happily implementing this thought. The fact is that some books are not easy to read and finish. The strategy of reading more than one book at a time works perfectly with these types of books. At the moment I am reading below books:
"Kalila and Dimna": Is an old Iranian book. It has roots in the Indian fables Pañcatantra. This book interests me for several reasons: its beautiful, but difficult, text, and the subjects, which reflect the values of those times and is an example of how human changes during centuries.
"The Shah" by Dr. Abbas Milani: This book is about the last king of Iran "Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi".
"Postwar (The history of Europe since 1945)" by Tony Judt: A thick heavy book! It is not easy for me to read this book at all. For its difficult language, and for its topic. I ask myself if I will finish it before I die?! I consider each chapter of this book as an independent book. I read a chapter, and I leave it aside for a while!
"Good Economics for Hard Times" by A. Banerjee and E. Duflo: The last sentence of the book says why we should read it: "Economics is too important to be left to economists"! The whole idea is to give us some information about biggest topics of today's world from the perspective of academic economics: Immigration, Unemployment, Global warming, Welfare systems,... The last chapter of the book, on welfare systems, is the best.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Once my boss wanted me to implement a method from a paper. I was amazed by it. The paper suggests a hypothesis on the pattern based on which, humans learn languages, memorize vocabularies. You could see how the performance evolves as time goes by. And then you think this may be the way you memorized vocabularies when you were a baby!
Teach, Learn, Share
If you are learning Persian, I gladly can teach you some.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I try to have something with me when I am guest somewhere. Iranians do that, and germans as well. But what I choose depends on many factors. I also may cook, if it is possible. But at the moment I don't know exactly what to write here, since I am not experienced with couchsurfing and couchsurfers.
Countries I’ve Lived In