Azerbaijan International

Spring 2005 (13.1)

Reader's Forum

Remembering the Giants
Thank you very much for your tribute: "Ismikhan Rahimov: In Defense of My Mother Tongue", AI 12.4 (Winter 2004). Back in 1960, I was one of Ismikhan's first students in his English language classes at Azerbaijan State University. He had just started to teach after being "rehabilitated" and released from Stalin's prisons. Truly, he was a man of principles - full of sincerity, nobility, knowledge and honesty. He loved Byron and tried to teach us to love his poems and English literature.

A few years ago when I was in Baku, I went to visit him in the hospital and we had a long conversation. Unfortunately, it was my last meeting with him. He told me how proud he was that his students had become contributing members of society and our nation, and I told him how proud we were that we had him as our professor.

I believe that Ismikhan Rahimov was one of the most significant figures in our contemporary history. We must remember him, with gratitude for what he did and what he tried to do for the Azerbaijani people. "Allah rahmat elasin" (May God rest his soul).

Dr. Fikrat Abdullayev
Experimental Oncological Laboratory
National Institute of Pediatrics
Mexico City, Mexico


Spiritual Nourishment
I am writing this letter to thank you and say how grateful I am for the wonderful work you are doing. I did not want to keep the deep appreciation that I have for your work and for this magazine inside of me. I want you to know that your work and all your efforts are so much appreciated by your readers.

I first discovered your magazine in 1999, when I was studying abroad. Your magazine served as my major link to home, my Motherland, my Azerbaijan. I remember so eagerly waiting for every new issue and then reading every page so carefully, afraid that I would miss something so important, so dear to me, even a tidbit of information about my Azerbaijan, my Baku.

Yesterday, I took a day off from work and had the luxury of spending several hours reading and enjoying the new issue [Winter 2004]. I have become a devoted reader of your magazine and throughout these years, I feel like I have been discovering my Motherland over and over and over again. This wonderful journey never stops; it is like Life itself - interesting, exciting, dynamic and eternal.

Reading your magazine truly enriches my soul - whether the articles provide insight into the history of Ichari Shahar [Old City], or our glorious Azerbaijani food, rich culture, traditions, or whether they express the sorrow of our refugees, or make us see and feel the happiness of adopted Azerbaijani kids who now have homes and families abroad.

The richness of your magazine is very hard to describe in words, it is a true source of fulfillment of soul. Azerbaijan International helps me personally to become a better person and a better citizen of my Azerbaijan.

Thank you,
Aysel Seyidova



More than 40 years ago when I was a child, I used to dance with Jujalarim (1963-1973). Berta Adamovna Brailovskaya was our teacher. I was one of only 10 girls who were among those chosen to go to Hungary for the Children's Festival in 1968.

The following year, our group performed in Yugoslavia. It was a very prestigious trip because the Soviet Union could send only one group. We had to go to Moscow to compete and perform in front of a panel of judges. Our group from Azerbaijan was chosen out of hundreds of other groups from all over the Soviet Union. They considered us the best. We were so proud!

Now that I live in Los Angeles, I've been searching to find information about Jujalarim because so much of my life is tied to the history of that dance group. These memories are so dear to me.

Just recently, I discovered the article about Jujalarim on your Web site - When I listen to that song Jujalarim, I close my eyes and I become 8 years old again. Thank you, again and again for featuring Jujalarim because it was a magic moment in my life!

Nadia Arkharova
Los Angeles

Editor's Note: Search for "Jujalarim". You'll find the article: "Just for Kids: Ju-ja-lar-im - Our Little Chicks", which tells the story about Sugra Baghirzade, who sang this song at the Festival of the Decade of Azerbaijani Art in Moscow in 1959. Also available: photos, music notes, Azeri words in Azeri Latin script, and in English transliteration. The English translation is also there. Jujalarim is still popular as a children's song today - nearly 50 years later.

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