Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a cat, finds the bird, climbs a tree, and puts it back. His father finally comes and takes him to their village where his sisters and granny await. The lad is a loving student of nature and longs for village life with his family, but his father is ashamed of him, wanting to farm the boy out to clear the way for marriage to a woman who knows nothing of this son. Over granny's objections, dad apprentices Mohammad far from home to a blind carpenter. Can anything bring father and son together?
In 1979, seemingly overnight—moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world—Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon. But inside Iran, a breathtaking drama has unfolded since then, as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be. They have drawn as deeply on the traditions of the West as of the East and have acted upon their beliefs with urgency and passion, frequently staking their lives for them.
Exploring Britain's remote overseas territories, which are home to parrot fish, bright blue lizards and crabs that are big enough to eat coconuts. There are few unexplored areas left, but these unseen islands offer an extraordinary look into lost worlds. Many of the Caribbean Islands were created by volcanoes which destroy everything in their path but also bring new life.
Babak Afshar is a perfect example of a new age composer whose albums can appeal to those who aren't big new age fans. That's because his new age/world music output not only soothes, it also stimulates. Consistently tranquil and peaceful, Color of Rain can appeal to those who simply want to unplug, unwind, and be soothed. But as calming as Afshar's music is, it isn't mindless or mind-numbing. Blending new age with elements of both Middle Eastern folk and European classical music, Afshar (who is listed is simply Babak on this CD) is substantial, interesting, and creative. Afshar helps you relax, but he doesn't force you to turn your brain off in order to appreciate him. On Color of Rain, Afshar gives us new age music with a difference.