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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_720He used to serve tea in gold tea cups 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 grand children who owned the land. They lived very impoverish lives.person-1172018_960_720They 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: iran, Legend, memoir, memories, memory, middle east, Myths, poverty, short stories, short story, True story, Uncategorized

499 comments

  1. Hi
    Oh my god, nice job.
    Thanks

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  2. Great story opening.
    I am glad I came across this blog. Can’t wait for the continuing posts. I believe there is an addictive story to come.

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  3. Wow interesting story. Great first post!

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  4. Looking forward to more history of a place few of us in the west truly know

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  5. Looking forward to more history too.
    Best wishes. 🙂

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  6. I absolutely loved this, thank you for your great post.

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  7. We need to live in communities of kindness and it starts with each one of us, doesn’t it? A sad but unsurprising story.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog, your blog is beautiful and very interesting…jc

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  9. Fascinating! I’m excited to read more of your stories.

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  10. Well written and beautifully illustrated, but for me, that kind behaviour is still ongoing and in many countries, it starts with people who rule, very sad! So based on what I have just said I can qualify my liking of your article down to your talent, and presentation The story is true, and the man who floundered his riches deserved his comeuppance, but the child relatives should not have been made to suffer, no matter what their uncle did, and for that reason I did not comment on when I first read.
    Please don’t be offended at my honesty, reference the story itself, for indeed you do have a talent, and that is my reason for the like. I love the happy ever after tales be they truth or fiction, more of them, please!

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  11. An interesting story containing a worthy message. Well done and thank you for following BrewNSpew.

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  12. A valuable lesson for us all – not to look dowon on people because they’re different from yourself. Thank you for the follow, Laleh and for introducing me to your blog

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  13. I used to watch a show from the UK about a man who started the department store idea and became very rich. Due to big spending, he died a lonely and poor man. The show was based on a true story. There are many true stories like the one you wrote. Nicely written. Thanks for the follow. Look forward to more of your stories.

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  14. Laleh, this is a powerful posting of a life lesson learned to be nice to one another, share the wisdom and the fruits of your labors with others

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  15. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    A salutary tale from Laleh 😉

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  16. Hello Laleh, what a sad tale of greed and avarice. The cost of such arrogance is now being paid by the future generation 😦

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  17. A sad story but you write very well, i sending you love and kiss from Istanbul 🙂

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  18. It’s too bad the grandchildren had to pay for the old man’s meanness. But the ruins are beautiful and earthy.

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  19. This is a really beautiful story and something we should all remember. 🙂

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  20. And perhaps its true also. In a society, we inherit the karma of our ancestors also. Perhaps why, without any strong reason, we look towards some societies with a great respect, while for some others have hatred. Very nice post

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  21. I am in love for your blog, so many delightful stories!!! thank you

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  22. This is the case with people who are arrogant and who earn money not ethically.

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  23. Hello, Laleh! Thank you for following my site. This story made me read it twice. It is so unfortunate but really makes you pause and think how our behavior can have negative or positive consequences for those we love. Nice to meet you and thanks again!

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  24. The story behind the burned mansion gives an amazing lesson. Hey Thanks for stopping by on my blog .Your blog is just amazing .

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  25. Wonderful story & profound moral. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I enjoyed this story, Laleh, and I’m looking forward to more because I know next to nothing about Iran. Thanks for the follow. It’s good to follow another Canadian blogger.

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  27. Thanks for the follow and will check on your blog now.

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  28. Hi Laleh, Was really lovely to get your follow on my blog and to be introduced to your own blog. Stories have so much power especially when there is a human face behind them. In my work, I have had the privilege to meet many people from your country trying to escape a cruel fate and to find a better life in Australia. Everyone, of them have a tale to tell and one that is their own unique story of where they have come from. Also loved your rooster and fox story. We have a resident fox on our property. Foxes are considered pests here but at least they do help to keep the rabbit population down! Keep up the writing Laleh!

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  29. This is an excellent read. Thank you

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  30. This is a universal tale – money is not the only source of wealth. Well told.

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  31. Hi, just to let you know, I nominated you for a blog award (on my latest post). 🙂

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  32. What a wonderful story! And overall interesting blog. Glad I found it.

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  33. Very interesting story. One should never be so greedy. This may be a good lesson for the leaders of our countries. Thank you for sharing! Love and Light

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  34. Hi I have nominated you for the Libster Award check out the link below👇👇👇
    https://wordpress.com/post/tashneevmavee.wordpress.com/7543

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  35. The story is so intriguing …i wish to know what happened to the grandchildren..

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  36. Great story!

    btw; minor typo — should be “impoverish[ed] lives”

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  37. Great photographs, and a thought ptovoking story.

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  38. An interesting but so very sad story. The mansion is beautiful, even in its state of ruin.

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  39. First of all, we are very grateful for the following and
    Great to have friends like you Laleh Chini,
    And we have the first opportunity to see a
    very nice blog with very nice & very beutiful story
    Blessing
    a greeting
    Sealed with “DUA”
    2 Keep u “HAPPY” & “SAFE” all the life.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 IN ADVANCE

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  40. very beatiful photos!
    happy new year!

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  41. Thought-provoking post, will follow, thanks for following mine.

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  42. Sadly, children often pay for the sins of their parents.
    You
    have created a lovely bog!
    Thanks for following mine.

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  43. such a lovely site, Laleh

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  44. This was such a good story to show young people the consequences of their actions. Thank you for this lesson on greed and mean treatment of others. . . Hugs to you, Laleh. 🌸 💮

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  45. Hi dear I have nominated you for Libster Award check out the link below👇👇👇👇👇
    https://wordpress.com/post/tashneevmavee.wordpress.com/7741

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  46. I love reading stories like these, where there is a message among the entertaining picture painted in words, great job. I decided to follow your blog after spotting your like on one of my posts, because l loved what l saw and have a curiosity about learning more about the middle east and what life is/was like there for every day people, the stuff you do not find on the news. I guess hoping to see something positive for a change… Feels like I found it in your stories! Thank you for following my blog too 😉

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  47. Thank you for swinging by the Ranch and for the follow. We ❤︎ visitors. You have a lovely blog. All best wishes.

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  48. Poignant writing. Thank you for stopping by and best wishes. 🙂

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  49. Thanks for making my day. When I saw the beautiful face from Iran, my day was made. I knew I would enjoy a lovely story. Thank you. I think the grandchildren should be humble and go to the people and ask for pardon for their grandfather’s wicked ways. The people should forgive them and integrate them. After all, we are all human beings. We all err.

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  50. Thank you much for following my blog, and may you find a blessing there.

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  51. Good to see that Karma is alive and kicking. So sad when people let greed take over.

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  52. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A STORY WHOSE LESSON NEEDS TO BE INTERPRETED AND LEARNED! DO YOU SEE THE LESSON HERE?

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  53. Thank you for choosing to follow my humble blog. I will enjoy reading your stories.

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  54. I really enjoyed reading this story. Gives a true insight to how money comes & goes and we must really plan for the future instead of wasting it or worse, showing it off.
    Thanks for sharing x

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  55. Incredibly sad story, but a very powerful parable. I hope it wasn’t a true story, but if it was I pray the family is doing better.
    I also loved your About Page. Thinking of you, and praying for you and your family! God loves you!

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  56. That is a sad story, Laleh, but beautiful photography! It’s true that we can’t take anything with us when we die, but it is sad that he ended up wasting his wealth and not leaving it to his family.

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  57. these images are so full of life! thank you for sharing them!

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  58. A great reminder to never be holier than thou. Because money can come and go. But we will always remain human. Don’t mess it up.
    Your photographs are great.

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  59. A very sad story filled with a great life lesson. Thank you so much for sharing this piece. I feel like there should be an animated version of this story so I can share it with the children I work with.

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    • What a great idea my dear. I wish I knew someone to follow your words but unfortunately world is just for people with lots of money and power to bring their wishes come true ours just stay as a wish😔thanks for your beautiful comment 😍

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  60. A poignant story and nice photographs to accompany it.

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  61. Thanks sincerely for sharing a wonderful story.

    There is a lesson from this story, penned down vividly. The wheels of wealth revolve up and down. It does not stay forever with a person. When we have something we should thank God for His graces and share our wealth with needy too. That is the only way our coming generations will remember us. Rest all will remain here only on this earth.

    With warm regards,

    HARBANS

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  62. So, touched … I feel for the children.

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  63. My own father spent time in prison. I have tried my very best to lead a good life as a result.

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  64. While one cannot but feel for the grandchildren, there is definitely a lesson in that for us all … xxx

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  65. This is interesting! I hope there’s a continuation but if there is none, it’s fine

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  66. Thank you so much for following my blog. I’m glad, I met you and your blog. I read a few books about Iran and am fascinated by your old Persian culture. I will read your stories with pleasure 🙂

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  67. Beautiful photos to illustrate your fateful story, Laleh. ❤

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  68. Love this.

    I always find such comfort in connecting with other places. It reminds me that the world is a very big place, but it always shows us a most wonderful quality. To which we can walk along, together, sharing stories like this.

    Peace

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  69. great job with articulating these truth and realities that exist all around the world. Every government makes us believe the enemies are other people, when it is the wealthy who steal the resources of their own community. It is a global lie. the poor go to war and the rich reap the spoils…

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  70. What a sad story about a sad house. Well written. Thanks for finding me at Roughwighting!

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  71. It was heart rending and beautiful. And thanks for following my blog. 🙂 ❤

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  72. Great stories, because they make me think, contemplate, and ponder. But they are not ponderous.

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  73. I love this story, but its very short I didn’t want to stop reading. I guess I have to visit this web more

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  74. The beautiful photographs drew me into the story. I am looking forward to more.

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  75. I believe that the people have to teach them love … so their children be better than them….

    Hate or ingnorance don’t help anyone……..

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  76. A real life lesson. Thank you for sharing.

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  77. The photographs are beautiful! And, my God, the story is lovely. A nice pass-down-the-family kinda tale. sit around a fire and THIS is the story you just knowknowknow everyone will bring up. Great work!!

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  78. Loved reading this! You’re amazing!

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award 🙂

    https://momlifewithchiari.com/2018/06/11/sunshine-blogger-award/

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  79. Pour cet article aussi, tu fais partie de mes Blogger Recognition Award

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  80. The sins of the fathers always fall on the sons….isn’t it sad and unfair?

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  81. A sad story to live is such shame. It is a waste of life. The photos are awesome. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I stopped by to visit yours and enjoy your writing. I will pop back to visit again. In love and light Cheryle

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  82. Hi Laleh! Thanks a lot for joining Thoughts of SheryL!
    Great blog! 🙂 May I follow you on Instagram as well?

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  83. Interesting story and the photos are beautiful. when I was young, my mother told me (she is Budhis) that people have a life circle. Today you are rich and tomorrow you probably do not have any money, therefore should be kind to the less fortune and help them if you can. I still remember it and I help other if I can.

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  84. Such an amazing message. 💟🌻

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  85. I have nominated you for the get to know me tag. I would be honored if you would participate…
    https://stubaby777.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/get-to-know-me-tag

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  86. What a blessing to find you. Thank you for sharing your testimony and gift. Please keep writing. God bless!

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  87. What a sad story but with a lesson to learn <3.

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  88. Che triste storia! Però mi dispiace per le nuove generazioni che pagano sempre per gli errori di quelle precedenti.

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  89. Agreed, quite a post with splendid photographs to bring your story alive.

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  90. Sorry you have so long to wait for an answer but i am very busy with voluntary work.A fantastic post and very good photos to

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  91. a great moral lesson, but yet such a sad story! Pics were beautiful!

    #payitforward #kindessiscool

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  92. Thank you for reading my short story, Mercury Waves, and liking it. This story of yours contains real wisdom. Your parents were wise to take you there to see the cause and effect of selfish actions.

    I often wish I had taken my children to see the difference between life in the US and life in many other nations where they are spiritually rich, wealthy in their social connections, happier than most of us in the US, and much poorer than we in terms of money, food, hollow entertainment and expensive things.

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  93. Wow. Interesting post. I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. If you want to know what it is about, you can have a look at my post: https://leaveoutthelabel.com/2018/07/10/mystery-blogger-award/ (:

    Liked by 1 person

  94. This was such an interesting read, Laleh 🙂 I love what you’re doing here on WordPress.

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