In the last 8 years I have experienced something new. Being an Immigrant. I didn’t have any plan for a serious move when I came to Montreal, Canada in April 2007 to continue my education in Engineering. I was 100% sure that I would go back after 2 to 3 years depending on my master’s thesis. BUT it didn’t happen. Things got worse back in Iran and I got used to the New comfort in Canada. So I BECAME an immigrant. Have I ever planned for it? Have I ever prepared myself for it? The answer to all is NO. But all of a sudden I was in the middle of it. From learning French, to improving my English, discovering the city, finding new friends, and so on…. Simple but not easy steps.
I am still dreaming of Iran. Maybe every night with no exaggeration. I established myself in Montreal, fell in love, got married, started my first job, bought my first condo, and my car in this city. But my spirit still travels back home.
At the beginning I started to fight with this feeling, the feeling of belonging to different time zones, the feeling of having two homes. But then I realized I cannot beat it and therefore I embraced it. I even started to believe that this complexity would help me a lot in life.
Moments are precious, very precious. How naïve I was that I thought I could ignore or forget 23 years of my life in 8 years, or even in 80 years? Have you ever forgotten your short trips? The vibe of the cities you have visited, the people, the food? So I started to live with it, with my homeland people, their energies, their traditions, and their insights about the world but from far far far away.
So Montehral is about My (Mon) Tehran and Montreal. It is about what I find interesting to share about Iran and Canada, their people , their concerns, their food and etc. in the most honest and authentic way. I also want to share my version of this beautiful life, the challenges of our generation, immigration, career, success and so on.
Let’s put it this way: Montehral is a diary of an Iranian-Canadian woman trying to connect the world with the love and meaning she finds in her life in this crazy world.