28 October, 2020

Tehran Diary

Tehran holds a mirror for New Delhi to emulate its Swachh Iran reality: no garbage, no beggars, no stray animals on the streets.

Tehran Diary
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City slicker than most

The Imam Khomeini International Airport will remind you of any modern airport in Asia. Beware having an Israeli visa in your passport; it’s like a red rag to a bull. And if you do have one, you’ll need a year’s cool-off period to get past immigration. Tehran last month did not resemble a metropolis under siege of decades of sanctions. Its 15 million people look none the worse for it. Instead, Tehran holds a mirror for New Delhi to emulate its Swachh Iran reality: no garbage, no beggars, no stray animals on the streets. So fastidious is the municipality about cleanliness that horse-drawn carriages in some areas have contraptions attached to collect horseshit. But you will encounter enormous traffic jams along the most modern road network accompanied by an elaborate system of flyovers and a metro. Leafy pathways...

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