“1st story”

A story by Laleh Chini:

I remember there was an old ruined mansion in Bushehr where people could pay a little amount to go inside. We visited the wrecked house a few times in my childhood. The story behind it was so sad but more importantly, a life lesson which was probably why they took us to the palace several times.

roof-540835_960_720????The story goes that the owner was a very rich merchant who was a profligate spender to show off how wealthy he was. People used to say he lit his cigars with burning bills instead of matches in front of others and when big politicians came to Bushehr from the Capital Tehran, he lit candles with bills to show how powerful and rich he was.burning-money-2113914_960_720 He used to serve tea in gold teacups and eat in silver plates and dishes. He was never friendly with anyone and found it disgraceful to talk to the poor.pots-186553_960_720

Eventually, he lost everything, went bankrupt and died without a penny to leave for his children. The poor people who now lived in the mansion with no windows or doors and partially no roof and walls were his grandchildren who owned the land. They lived very impoverish lives.person-1172018_960_720 They survived with general labors and the money people paid to see the ruined house. They never talked to anyone, nor answered any questions.  It was obvious that they were so ashamed of their grandfather’s past.

My father said that no one ever offered them any jobs because their grandfather was so cruel to the town, and never respected anyone as he saw himself as a superior.

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Categories: Short Story


  1. Lessons learned the hard way….

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  2. I nominated you for the Sunshine blogger Award. Thanks.

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  3. سلام.وبسایتتون خیلی خوب و مفیده.به کارتون ادامه بدین


  4. I’m extremely inspired along with your writing abilities and also
    with the layout in your blog. Is that this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s uncommon to see a nice blog like
    this one nowadays..


  5. Beautiful, simply the story and the flow. Look forward to reading more of your amazing works.

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  6. Beautiful, just the loved the story. Look forward to read more of your works.

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  7. That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!


  8. wow very interesting

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  9. Wow, I found this really profound and moving. You have a way of writing that brings the story alive, and what a story you wrote about the merchant and his grandchildren. So many good wishes to them all, and their learning and growth. And, I am so glad that we connected on WordPress. Blessings to you Laleh. Love that you have such awards for your writing, it’s well-deserved.


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  10. Love your story’s.Thanks a lot for it

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  11. I always appreciate your lovely stories. Thank you for sharing. =D

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  12. It is a bit unfair that the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, fell against human disapproval for what kind of a person their grandfather was. Maybe they are good people worth giving them a helping hand. Forgiveness makes us as light as a butterfly.

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