His dominant language is English but he is a native Persian-speaker and has completed four years of Arabic study. He has extensive travel experience in the region spending prolonged periods of time in Iran and Lebanon, and has also traveled to Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt as well as most of Europe and parts of Latin America.
His favorite place to eat is Zachary’s Pizza in Berkeley. His favorite Persian dish is his mother’s Khoresh-e ghaymeh, though he can make a wicked version of it himself. His favorite movies are amongst others The Motorcycle Diaries, The Matrix, and Paradise Now. He also enjoys a good game of backgammon and basketball, although he’s much more prone to getting whipped in the latter.
About the Blog: The blog was first launched via Blogger.com under the URL ipouya.blogspot.com in the spring of 2005. Two years later and with the help of friends, the iPouya blog went “pro” by acquiring its own URL, hosting company, and custom design. The blog has always included posts ranging from politics and news to films and humor. Although the blog is limited to the English language, it enjoys an international viewership. To learn more about its audience, click on the cluster map at the bottom of the sidebar on the front page. As a result of most of the news-related and analysis oriented posts being connected to the events in the Middle East, there is a spike in viewership whenever major events unfold in that region. Not all news-related and political commentary, however, is related to the Middle East. For instance, during the run-up to the US presidential elections (2008), the blog was posting virtually exclusively on the elections.