Heard At Awakin: Persian Tradition Of Pish-Kesh

Posted by Dinesh Mehta on Apr 2, 2015
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As people of so many diverse backgrounds join our local Awakin Circle, they often leave behind the nuggets of wisdom and personal practice from their cultures. Like yesterday, Michael humorously shared a lunch experience from earlier in the day -- of how today's youth struggles with silence. :)

Similarly, in the after hours, we heard a beautiful Persian tradition from Fran and Reza -- pishkesh. "Earlier today, Fran met a young woman who said she loved Fran's pink shirt. So Fran offered to give it to her. 'There's a hole in it,' she warned her, but 'Oh, that's in style now -- I love holes!' was the response she got. So she arranged to take it, and this young woman then proceeded to gift her white top to Fran," Reza shared. As we spoke more, they spoke about this idea of pish-kesh that they grew up with, in Iran, and continue to alive in their culture even today. "Yes, in our culture, if you tell someone you like something, they will give it you. Everyone will do that.  It could be earrings, or a painting on the wall, or anything you see. And you can't say no, because it would disrespectful to not receive it. You would just pay it forward when someone else appreciates something you have. We call it pish-kesh."

So beautiful!  Reminds me of many such stories around ServiceSpace. :) 

   

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Comments (5)

  • Jyoti wrote ...

    Reminds me of the Hindustani word 'peysh-kash' meaning 'presentation', although it's usually used in the context of an offering rather than a gift-exchange.

  • Gayathri Subramanian wrote ...

    sooo sweet.....

  • Harpreet Sandhu wrote ...

    Beautiful ... Thanks for Sharing this Dinesh Ji...

  • Joshua Allen wrote ...

    You're expected to decline the offer, to use common sense in order to know that you shouldn't take someone's shirt off of their back, or the painting off of their wall. You should refuse - several times - and remark on how generous they are.

  • Kerri wrote ...

    I love pishkesh! I wonder if I will ever have an experience myself... :) Thank you!