stories

Everyday Struggle

My first encounter with Albert Azaryan and the sports family he created was in 2012. That, of course, didn’t become our only meeting, maybe because I myself was involved in sports for many years. I felt a strange warmth and went through familiar feelings seeing their attitude and devotion to sports.

Pre Elections

By Garegin Aleksanyan Two months ago - on July 9th - the mayor of Yerevan - Taron Margaryan - resigned. He had been in the position since 2011. Yerevan delved into the anticipation of early elections of the council of aldermen. The ruling council will be elected in the elections which will be held on September 23rd. Actually, this election is the primary test of the new government after the...

Without Support

Grigor takes it uneasy that the family has spread away, that his son is not beside him, that they do not dine together. The thick dividing line goes across the reality in years - the life in Syria before the war and after it. Grigor’s father, that was participating in WWI, returned home - Ayntap - in 1915 and found all his family slaughtered. Then he emigrated to Syria, married, and Grigor was...

Going back to Kond

Twelve years ago - in 2006 - I first found myself in Kond neighborhood. What does “found myself” mean? I actually went there to take photos. Kond is the oldest and the most interesting quarter in Yerevan. There were only three quarters in Erivan in the 17th century - Kond, Karahank, and, so to say, Old town. They were mostly inhabited by Armenians, but later Armenian Boshas came to live he...

The Paths to the Gold Mountain

By Victoria Aleksanyan Being an Armenian based in New York for years, but now back in my home country, I was contemplating around ideas such as homeland and the information that it carries with its soil and water, individual’s need for acceptance by the tribe and going against nature. I was sitting in my room on a hot summer night, writing a fiction film screenplay about a young female scienti...

Death, Pain, Victory

By Gayane Harutyunyan People pass through the struggle of life and death in war. The participants of WWII consider that they have seen a very cruel, ruthless war, where there prevailed the fear of parting with the light in an instant. These people passed through a dark corridor until they reached home, where some of them had people waiting, others, alas, not. 93-95 year old veterans took me ...

Chair of the nation

Text by Karin Grigoryan On April 23, the Republic square of Republic of Armenia was full of Armenians celebrating the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Call it the happiest and crazy holiday of Armenians of all time! While the peaceful protests of thousands citizens continue throughout Armenia, the post of Prime Minister remains vacant. Nikol Pashinyan, symbolically ‘elected’...

The Not-growing Children of People

The intimate relationship between people and animals is frequently met. Animals are the not-growing children of people, and people always take up the long lasting care of them. The necessity of the care for animals stimulates the development of the feeling of responsibility and the enhancement of the meaning of the ego of the owner.     “More often children are the ones who ...

Women of War

Some of them left their little children, some of them were pregnant, some of them lied to their families and went to war. Qotot, Kara, Hasmik, Jemma, Manush and others fought next to boys for their country. According to Encyclopedia of "The Karabakh Liberation war: 1988-1994" over 200 women volunteered to participate in the Nagorno Karabakh war.     “It was decided that n...

The Salt of the Earth

Two and a half minutes in the elevator and 235 m below the surface of the ground opens up a landscape of salt. With uneven relief and repeating arches the long corridor leads to an underground cave, where the relation with the world above is cut from the first moments. The underground sanatorium - the Republican Speleological Therapeutic Center - is located in the Salt mine of Yerevan’s Ava...