The Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the… Continue Reading →

So, this is a STATUS post format. My current status: trying out various post formats to see how they look on the front page & afterwards

Bungee-jumping: My Frightful Leap of Faith

I’m on the edge. I sense gazes on my back as my friends anticipate my next move. Ahead, there’s nothing but infinite space. I’m on the verge of making a leap of faith – or retreating back to my comfort… Continue Reading →

Ridiculously Fun Times with Germans in Iran

  I’d love to start with the cliche ‘Look what came in the mail today’, but that’s not usually how it works in Iran. However, we still receive delightful surprises from far away lands. In this case, it was a… Continue Reading →

Why Simply Saeed Is in English

Farsi will have to wait, Simply Saeed is going to be in English … for now As a bilingual, each language provides me with a unique insight and certain capabilities. English suits certain topics best, while others call for Farsi…. Continue Reading →

Done with the About Page, Let’s Get a Move On

Finally Done with the Essentials … Now What? After months of writing and rewriting, I finished the About & Contact page of Simply Saeed. Hurray! Phew, I can’t tell you how much effort I put into it. Well, now it’s… Continue Reading →

Solo Trip to the Central Desert

I created this travelogue to show a glimpse of what I experienced when I decided to travel and stay in the city of Khur, in the Central Desert of Iran, for a total of 17 days. I underwent this pilgrimage… Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong with the Iranian Academic System

Education is critical to growth, no doubt about it. But when its purpose and practicality are lost to prestige, you know the system is faulting. That’s how I see the current Iranian academic education system and the subculture surrounding it…. Continue Reading →

Why Speaking English Is Scary for a Non-native

Me: “Blahblahblah.” [talking in English] Him/her: … [listens attentively in silence] M: “So what do you think?” H: “Ummm…I don’t know.” [shrugs with unease] M: “Did you understand what I said?” H: “Yes, of course!” [annoyed I thought otherwise] M:… Continue Reading →

Village Life in the Eshkevar Region

Many people dream of giving up life in crowded cities in favour of a quiet town, few people actually do. After my recent decision to leave Tehran for Rasht, I’ve been mulling over taking it all the way. A short… Continue Reading →

M for Memories, M for Mother

What better way to review the past than to start with my family? I owe her my existence (or at least half of it) and her birthday is close, so first up is Dr. Asieh Yahyazadeh, my mother. A photo posted… Continue Reading →

Getting Past 30 Days of Blogging

Day #1 of the 30 day blogging challenge was spent with this indistinct voice in my head: PANIC ATTACK! 30 days?! Where am I going to get so much writing material? What was I thinking? After adequate self-reflection and meaningful… Continue Reading →

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