He was a real leader. But I must admit to ambivalent feelings towards the Shah and his government. Better than bootleg arak out of a water bottle with the same five people every Wednesday night. On the one hand, the lion and sun motif is perhaps the only symbol that has ever encapsulated the many facets of the Iranian identity. Under the Shah my grandmother gained the right to vote and to divorce her emotionally abusive, opium-addicted husband. Speed Cameras. He turned to me:
In his time, Lalezar Street was filled with cabarets, night clubs, bars.
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It just appeals to my contrarian ethos. Better than constantly worrying about breaking one of the arbitrarily applied rules that govern every part of life in Iran. I love the raised eyebrows and knowing winks I get when people see it. Today in Iran nostalgia for the Shah and his government, like the paws of the lion, peeks out from under a coat of white paint. Reuse this content. The appeal of the Shir o Khorshid pendant for me is complex and multilayered. The women wore tight skirts and let their hair flow and get tussled.