Category Archives: Scrambled

Write, write, write your blog, gently down the month Of all the opportunities, I eventually choose a taxi to write my first day’s piece at 10 pm. It’s ironically befitting for the 30 day blogging challenge I’ve taken upon myself. No excuses. When I finally decided to take my writing to the next level by starting this blog, I purchased the domain and host without hesitation to counter my chronic procrastination. I wasn’t as hasty with developing the blog’s look and primary pages, but after a few months of inconsistent effort I finished those too. Now I have the essential platform to start writing and all that remains is to simply write. Why the challenge? Well, some time ago I came across an interesting TED Talk, called Try something new for 30 days. In it Matt Cutts explains how he would commit to doing something new every 30 days, whether it was…

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Recently, one of the best Iranian travellers and hitchhikers I know announced he was going to concentrate on building a site. That’s good news for the community, his numerous followers and probably me too, but deep down I felt anxious. After some soul-searching I realised that his admirable skill-set (photography, storytelling & travelling) had intimidated me for some time. Now with him taking up blogging, I felt pitted against him. How am I supposed to win against someone better than me? Competitive Success We all know that one person who’s better than us at something. It might have been the genius in school who got the highest grades, or the lady with the killer body and face, or even the new guy on the team who never ceases to amaze. We react differently to people who outperform us, but envy and intimidation are common feelings. But why can’t we simply…

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Whenever I want to talk about a movie, I’m extra cautious regarding what and how much I say because I can think of a couple of really good movies that were spoiled before I had a chance to see them. So read on knowing that I’m not that kind of a person. I just finished watching the movie Wild after a long wait. I knew it was about a woman’s long hike, interlaced with personal revelations, and it was an obvious must-see for me. I’m glad to say I was not disappointed. While the motives and themes are quite different from the cult favourite, Into the Wild, this movie definitely earns a place among movies every traveller should see. Furthermore, it has literature excerpts and a colourful soundtrack that will resonate with special moments on the road for viewers. Synopsis The story is simple: a woman sets off to walk the Pacific…

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There was a time when I knew a little HTML, some English and unspeakable joy from combining the two to display the simplest things on a webpage. At the time, the marquee tab with its ability to slide text from one side of the page to another was no less than magic to me and I, the sorcerer supreme behind it, felt powerful. A long time has passed since and with all the different coding languages, pre-written scripts and complex features available, I can’t help but wonder if I ever knew anything about building a site in the first place. As a schoolkid, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to learn a thing or two about the internet in my free time. Even if I was too young to talk about a pre- and post-internet era, my parents weren’t and they appreciated it’s importance. My mother…

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I often pause before taking action to ask myself if I’m ready or not. It doesn’t matter whether I’m writing something, posting a picture online or talking about a topic in public; the doubt is almost always there. Indeed most of my time is exhausted giving myself a pep talk and frankly, it’s bothersome. When did I lose faith in myself? I can’t come up with a definite answer for that because I believe it was more of a gradual process than a specific point of time. Maybe it was a streak of failures that ruined my self-confidence or maybe that’s what you become after criticizing yourself too hard for an extended period. I can’t be sure how this happened, but I’m sure that that can’t stop me from fixing it. Sometimes I have to remind myself that everyone feels out of place but not everyone openly admits it. I…

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Through a series of unexpected events, I recently came to realize these might be the last months I spend in Iran, at least for a few years. I’ve applied for graduate studies in the United States and if all proceeds as planned, I’ll be there by midsummer. I’ve studied in two of Iran’s best universities, so the notion of studying abroad was never too far-fetched. I had always remained somewhat distant and objective in regard to the matter, despite saying goodbye to many friends and classmates over the years, but this time it’s different. This time I’m the one who’s going to leave and live in another country and quite frankly, I’m a bit scared. I don’t equate fear with weakness. On the contrary, I think it indicates a sharp mind that can grasp the magnitude of a situation and its possible outcomes before diving in. Yielding to fear, however, is a different story. I strongly believe…

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Are you curious about why I’m writing this weblog? Well, so am I! This is my first post, so I might as well make things clear for myself and any curious readers. Writing has always been fun and helpful for me. Whenever life gets hectic and I have too much on my mind, I try to find the time to transcribe my thoughts. I’ve realized getting the chaos out of my head and on to paper allows me to view it more objectively till I see the order in it. So, I guess the first reason behind this weblog could be my commitment to a healthy activity that’s never disappointed. What happens when I keep writing? Insight. Often I’ve found comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in my struggles and at times, their solutions have inspired a change of approach. I can’t always be on the receiving end; after all, I’ve had…

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