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Iran-India cultural affinities discussed at Tehran Intl. Book Fair
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TEHRAN – Cultural commonalities between Iran and India were discussed during a session held on the sidelines of the ongoing 27th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) on Monday.

Elham Baqeri, Mohammad-Javad Zeinali and several other scholars attended the session, which was organized by the Iran Book House and the Embassy of India, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.

Speaking at the meeting, Baqeri said that the origin of each country is rooted in the language, literature and art of that country, “The roots of language and literature, and the culture of a country are considered the myths of that country.

“We witness old and common facts in the myths of both countries such as lies, truth, jealousy, over-expectation and satisfaction, all of which are rooted deeply in our subconscious,” she added.

The myths of a land make the future of that land, she said, adding, “To conduct research on the myths and comparing them with myths from other countries help to achieve common points.”

Zeinali regarded the Indian Persian-speaking poet Amir Khusrau Dehlavi (1253-1325) as a great force for  communications between Iran and India, “Iran and India have enjoyed literary and cultural relations over the years since they are old neighbors, and Dehlavi has been a great help in broadening these relations even more.”

The Tehran Book Fair will be running until May 10 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla.

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