Iran’s First Lady

Dear Folks, I am a complete maniac for desserts. Given my easily aroused sweet tooth, I love to tuck into cakes, chocolates and sweets. I am trying to stick to healthier alternatives, but still, it is so hard to be disciplined. I just bought the most fabulous food processor. It is made by Philips, and it…

Iran’s African Odyssey

Dear Folks, I just came back from a fabulous holiday in eastern Romania. For a country that is most associated with gymnasts, babies for adoption and Vlad the Impaler, it has a surprising amount to offer. I particularly liked their industrial cookies and national chocolate bars. I think it is a place that everyone should…

Daddy’s Little Girl

Dear Folks, Well, I am pleased to say that this is my 50th post, and I am excited because I never thought that I would be able to make it this far. I really didn’t! I have the attention span of a green-fly, and procrastination is a word, that for me, has endured long since…

The Enigmatic Sultan Qaboos

Dear Folks, I am not normally drawn to the incomprehensible and  ephemeral  world of fashion, but I am truly drawn to the goddess of  the glossy pages, Vogue’s Anna Wintour. I find her razor-sharp bob, shrinking frame and her dismissive tone so utterly delightful, perhaps because, as someone who dreams of editing a magazine one…

The Bombing of Osiraq

Dear Folks, Well, everybody, it was thirty years ago this month that Israel carried out one of its most audacious attacks against the Iraqi French-build reactor Osiraq. For years this event has been a source of fascination for historians, journalists and of course, the public at large. It has influenced the course of the nuclear arms…

In the Corner: President Ahmadinejad

  Dear Folks, One man who is definitely not getting much sleep these days is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For a number of weeks now, the president has been locked in political spat, which could have enormous implications for the Islamic Republic. It all started when Ahmadinejad, fired the minister of intelligence, Heidar Moslehi, after he was found…

How do you say “beautiful” in Arabic?

Dear Folks, Well, as it is a fabulously beautiful day today in Brussels, all the young and gorgeous professionals of this city are falling out of bars wearing the latest spring/summer fashions. It is definitely turning into the season to be seen. Shedding winter clothes and revealing one’s figure, is often met with some anxiety…