MARJANE SATRAPI

Aparna Jain

Soccer In Scarves And Other Incredible Ways Iran Won Me Over

The visions I had about Iran when packing for my recent visit were a sordid mix of oppression from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and anti-American and Ayatollah Khomeini posters staring fiercely at me from every street corner. While Iran and India share a common historical and cultural bond, recent media reports had affected my perception. But my 10 days in Iran over Nowruz--the Iranian New Year break--left me astounded, impressed, delighted and enriched. And a little frustrated too.