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This is me now, after more than three decades. I emigrated from Iran to the United States in 2004. I am a Chemical Engineer, and currently I work for a biopharmaceutical company in California. During the day I am a scientist in the lab, but anytime else, I am a writer with a laptop. I’m working on my second series after the one above, which this time is written in a real language that goes from left to right, instead of right to left, like how my mom used to write.   

This is me at age three and this is the novel I wrote then, in a language that nobody understood but me. Watching my mom write, I was fascinated by her agile hand movements, how she put those unfamiliar, random curves and shapes together in a way that supposedly had meaning for others. I kept imitating her on pieces of paper, stapled them together, and gave what I wrote to my dad as a gift. As I wrote those long series of shapes, what gave me the most excitement were the dots as, like Mom, I randomly put one here and there. Hearing the sound of the pen hitting the hard surface of the table, I felt like a grownup who could write. This book, which is one of many, is the only one my proud dad has preserved.