Archive for February, 2010

Farida Buyuran

I have no idea how to cook. Yes, unlike most of the Azerbaijani women in the time-to-get-married-and-have-kids age I can’t even prepare the most primitive meal. Can’t say I’m really proud of it, but at least I made my peace with it. But every time I visit http://www.azcookbook.com things magically change. Delicious looking meals from Azerbaijan and Beyond provoke in me an immediate need either to cook or to eat. A lot.

Later, I discovered that this web page is a result of a work of one lady – the cooked meals, the texts, the pictures – everything. And all this combined with being a socially active wife and mother, and writing a book. So, if you have visited this web page and experienced the same feelings as I did, then you will be glad to meet this cooking hero of mine – Farida Buyuran – an Azerbaijani woman, currently living in Los Angeles, CA and the next guest of Azeris Abroad.

Farida, please tell us about yourself.
I was born in Baku in 1977. In 1998 I graduated from the University of Languages with a Bachelor’s degree in English and two years later, with a Master’s degree in English Literature. My professional life started with Azerbaijan International magazine where I worked as editorial assistant for several years. I also worked briefly in a local Internet service providing company as a web content translator/editor before I had to move to California after marrying in the summer of 2002. In 2003 I got accepted to California State University, Long Beach from where I graduated with an MBA degree. After working at a Los Angeles based company for a short period of time, I decided to take a break to raise my children and to focus on writing an Azerbaijani cookbook. I also run a food blog (www.azcookbook.com) in English and Azeri for which I do my own food styling and photography. Since 2006, I am in charge of membership and public relations at Azerbaijani American Women’s Association based in California. I live in Long Beach with my husband and two children, ages 6 and 2.

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Changeover

Do you get this feeling when you just want to run as far as you can, somewhere no one can find you or know who you are and where you come from?…

Yeah, I know, that’s not the best way to start a post. Let’s try positive this time.

So, as the most undisciplined blogger the world web has ever known, I have lived this month with a huge guilt. My blog would jump out from the browser every time I launched it, to look at me judginly, showing stats with 20 loyal readers checking my blog every single day. Well, let’s say 10 of them are actually just readers.

Probably I should explain why such big pauses happen. You know this feeling when you finally get your salary and you go to your favorite shop during the sale, and you enter and see all the colorful stuff: a blouse that’ll fit with your favorite pants, a skirt that will look perfect with the blouse you just saw, a belt, an amazing pair of shoes, and the colors, oh my God, which colors to choose? And you just stand there staring at this stuff, not knowing what to choose because it’s simply TOO MUCH OF A CHOICE.

Well, it’s pretty much the same with topics – it’s so many of them, I seriously didn’t know where to start and at some point just lost it. Should I tell you about two freezing days I spent without water and electricity? Or abour Emin’s and Adnan’s next court hearing? About a torn down house and the amount of money its inhabitants were actually suppose to receive? About Azeris and women? Azeris and animals? Azeris and Armenians? See, I still can’t choose.

So let me just tell you something I realized about myself recently.

It turns out that as every Azerbaijani I’m afraid of CHANGE. Yeah, I am aware of how contradictory it sounds. But I am. I’m not talking about ‘someone-built-a-cool-building-instead-of-freaky-Khrushevka’ change. No, we love this one. The ones that might be ACTUALLY good for us – they are the threat.

While analyzing myself I have managed to classify the kinds of change I’m so afraid of. These are:
1. the ones that require committment.
2. the ones that require patience/hard work.
3. the ones I can’t control, know nothing about with the results I can’t oversee.
4. those promised by “changemakers”.

These fears make me eat a lot of chocolate, spend many sleepless nights and watch romantic movies about successfull people. And you know what actually helps me overcome them? This feeling when you just want to run as far as you can, somewhere no one can find you or know who you are and where you come from. It is a best motivation that moves you forward and makes you realize that CHANGE is a non-stop process that happens whether you like it or not. And all you can do is adjust and find your spot in this process.

And when you do – committments don’t seem that scary anymore, work becomes part of your nature, inability to control seems like an adventure. And, well, you still believe that one day some changemaker will actually keep his promise.

P.S. I also discovered another function of WordPress – subscription. So, if you are still loyal to the world’s most undisciplines blog, you can find the tab in the end of the right column.

I Need to Write More Often

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