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Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197990

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197990.001.0001

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Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 25, pp. 6–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 25, pp. 6–8

March 12, 1908

(p.244) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 25, pp. 6–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on March 12, 1908, beginning with a piece about an inquisitive child asking his mother questions. A second piece entitled Six Place Settings and No Food literally speaks of six (or, in a variant, a hundred) water pitchers and bowls (for guests to wash their hands) but no lunch or dinner. The purport is plain: the peripherals are available, but the one item essential for the activity is missing. Here Dehkhodā talks about how the country suffers from too many political, civil, and religious officials, who bask in their own importance and are incapable of cooperation with mere subjects. Therefore nothing meaningful is accomplished, and the needs of the people are ignored. The third piece is a riddle.

Keywords:   children, mothers, government officials, religious officials, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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