Golden free times
Younger, I used to see this period with a very cynic and ironic eye, as commercially poisoned, untrue, and all the obvious defects of these too-much-organised celebrations. Then one year I get touched by the pleasures given by the authentic good moments offered by those celebrations (yes, even hidden they really exist!), so I changed my mind and became more tolerant. Enjoying those times is much more easy now ! This year I’m all the most delighted because of my personal situation that offers double ration of those pleasures. The last days of job were last week, and the approaching of my leaving brought many various colleagues to get closer to me. I don’t think I could have met such different people out of the work so it was nice to know them, and I’ll probably stay in touch with some. There again, I’ve expected indifference, not much attention from them, but shame on me I was wrong. And believe me: seeing that in spite of all the sh… people can do each other in this world, a warm sort of human brotherhood can’t help but showing itself, is something really cheering about human’s fate. Now I’m simply enjoying a precious time of liberty between 2 jobs, and it’s GREAT : I only have pleasant activities scheduled :o)
Conclusion : if possible, changing job is recommended! :o)
On the Armenian side, I haven’t followed much, but this month UGAB – sorry AGBU in English – celebrated its 100th anniversary in Paris during a whole week end, many events planned where many Armenians from all the world were reunited in the arounds of the very chic Intercontinental Hotel near the Opera at Paris. Lovely international citizenship of our diaspora.
The hypocrites’ diplomatic ballet between Turkey and EU has been going on about “freezing” some points of the entry negociations. Irritating to see what freezes or not our Europeans politics, the hell of them !
The coming events are more satisfactorying :
A interesting exhibition has just begun at La Conciergerie, “the 12 capitals of Armenia” which will stay until march. Showing architectural heritage of those important historic capitals, from 9th century before JC's Van , until today’s Erevan, and also some elements of Erevan’s National History Museum that will light Armenian traditions.
Fethiye Cetin’s book has recently been translated in Armenian and – special scoop for you - she’ll be here in January with the translator Salpy Kasparian (from Alep, Syria) also accompanied by Pr. Hayr Levon Zekiyan (from Venice Italy) to present the book in Paris. FC is a Turkish lawyer who discovered her grandmother was Armenian and made a book of this story. All the echoes heard about it sound good, looks like it’s a very touching book, we can easily imagine how. It has already been translated in French this year I think, but to have it in Armenian is specifically relevant.
On those nice perspectives, wishing you happy holidays/celebrations!
Bonnes Fêtes !