Shah’s Mid-Summer Night’s Dream


Shah’s Mid-Summer Night’s Dream
by Faramarz

It is the summer of 1975 and the Shah of Iran is at the peak of his power. However, his American doctors had already told him about his illness and his life expectancy. President Nixon who was about to be impeached a year earlier had resigned saying; “I am not a crook!” Arab armies were defeated and humiliated in October 1973 in Yum Kippur war against Israel. King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was assassinated by one of his nephews after he imposed an oil embargo on the US. Iraqi strongman Saddam had been making a lot of noise about Arvand Rood (Shat-al-Arab) and how the deeper parts of the river belongs to Iraq, depriving Iran from navigation rights. But he had to sign the Algiers Accord and accept Iran’s rights.

Shah woke up in the middle of the night horrified and soaked in sweat!

Farah: “What’s the matter honey? Did you have a bad dream?”

Shah: “Yeah, Hazrat-e-Abbas was in my dream again warning me about the black clouds on the horizon! He warned me of men in black turbans that will take Iran back to the dark ages; war, devastation, women in chador and backwardness! He said that in a short few years I’ll be gone. He thought that you or Reza are not strong enough to step in for me.”

Farah: “But I thought that the Marxists and the communists are the biggest threat. You are a religious person yourself. You have been taking care of the clergy for many years. You even went to Mecca. Are you sure? Did he offer any advice on how to save the country?”

Shah: “Oh, plenty of advice! He said that I had to do three things now that I am in a position of power. He really emphasized that I should do them now, because if I do them when things are going bad, people will perceive them as a sign of weakness and will not accept them.

He said that the first thing that I need to do is to put a distance between myself and the military. He said that I should take my uniform off, put one of those strong generals in charge and let him build a bond with the people. He even said that Iranian military should do a small skirmish with Saddam and put him in his place. That would make the military look strong, independent and popular with the people.”

Farah: “But aren’t you afraid of a coup by the generals at some point?”

Shah: “Of course. But that’s the chance that I have to take to save the country. Secondly, he said that I should free the nationalist political prisoners and put one of them in charge of the judiciary and let him build an independent system that the people can trust.”

Farah: “But, they are going to come after you, your relatives and many of our friends for corruption, mistreatment of political prisoners and other crimes.”

Shah: “I’ll will issue a general amnesty and also force some of our friends and relatives to leave the country. But some will end up in prison, no doubt. Hazrat-e-Abbas said that’s the price we have to pay to save the country and the monarchy.”

Farah: “I don’t know about this advice from Hazrat-e-Abbas! But the man saved you from falling from the horse once. So he should have your best interest in mind!”

Shah: “The third thing that I need to do is to put a strong person in charge of the government and let him put in place the foundations of a democracy, starting with the free press and political parties. Hoveyda is a nice and intelligent man, but not the right person for the job.”

Farah: “But aren’t you afraid of another Mossadegh episode? Also, with all these changes, what are you going to do and be responsible for?”

Shah: “Honey, I want to spend more time with you and the kids. They are growing up so fast and need me all the time. We can spend the summers in Mallorca and winters in Saint Moritz like other Royal Families!”

Farah: “I like it. Now it is time for your medicine dear. Let me get you some water!”


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Esfand Aashena

If this is a nightmare I wonder what'd be his sweet dream?!

by Esfand Aashena on

Perhaps dreaming of producing some raunchy porn to kickstart the Iranian porn industry! 

Seriously he had everything what more could he possibly want?

Everything is sacred


Even Shah's fiction

by amirkabear4u on

is so boring.

It would be more interesting if it was something like, he wanted to build the atom bomb and tell arabs what to do with their camels!!!!!!!!!?????

Why not?

بت شکن

A load of codswallop!

by بت شکن on

Why is it that whenver someone writes something of no substance so many people are attracted to it - including myself?

G. Rahmanian

I Wonder

by G. Rahmanian on

How a muckraker could even dream of having a female partner with such a stench! Oops! Sorry, a male partner. He's been "trained" by the mullahs, after all.


My last comment here...

by comrade on

Now we know it's more than the nose.

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.



Thanks ELS.. 'kind of you

by comrade on

I don't know about DK, but make it route 69 for me!!!

Sorry Faramarz, my fault for distraction..

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.


G. Rahmanian

As a Muckraker

by G. Rahmanian on

stench must be an expertise of the "gentleman." Living off mullahs' muck for so long, to him pigs' muck must smell as good as Chanel N5.

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Comrade, I like both DK and you! As a friendly gesture I hope

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

both of you meet the Gildas (e.g., Rita Hayworth) of your own and have as bumpy rides as you get on Route 66!?

Anahid Hojjati

Faramarz, in this picture Farah looks kind of upset

by Anahid Hojjati on

Shah is looking very lovingly at Farah but Farah's look is kind of "ghazabnaak'. Sorry Darius jan, don't get upset, it is just the way this picture looks. I am sure that there are hundreds of pictures that will prove Farah's love for Shah. This picture is not one of them.

Thanks Faramarz for sharing.


NOT directed @ DK, ELS

by comrade on

I knew that Royal stench would burn some noses.

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.



It's Good to be the King!

by Faramarz on

DK Jaan,

More power to the late Shah and as Mel Brooks said, "It is good to be the king!"

As for Mossadegh, he probably would fall asleep!

G. Rahmanian

The Muckraking "Gentleman"

by G. Rahmanian on

here, lives off mullas' muck. What else did you expect?

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Thanks Faramarz! If the Gilda in the book was anything like the

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

Gilda played by Rita Hayworth, I would say God Bless the Shah many times over and I hope his last ride was bumpy!:-)

BTW, the book states on page 96 that there is no proof for this accusation and it's purely based on unsubstantiated rumors, I paraphrased! But then again who cares, we believe whatever we want to believe!

Darius Kadivar

Comrad if it's Gossip Material Your looking for try Beating this

by Darius Kadivar on

All you have to do is ask from the Grand Chambellan ... ;0)

I can supply you with a list of Alledged Air Head Mistress' ...

Marie Lebey ( wife of Soccer Champ Dominique Rocheteau):

On Apostrophes with famed critic Bernard Pivot ( who doesn't take her seriously at all):


With French Talk Show Host Thierry Ardisson ( Who takes her Very Seriously) :


Book available on


Dix-sept ans, porte 57

And In Playboy:


Available for Masturbation for all Frustrated Male Jomhurykhah's Here for 10 Euros Only: 

Playboy (Édition Française) - Tour De France 86 - N°12

Michelle Mercier (Actress Movie Star):

Another one was Michelle Mercier the French Actress who played Angelique Marquise des Anges:

LA PRINCESSE & LA MARQUISE: Princess Soraya and Angélique Marquise des Anges

Now Could  Someone now tell me what was the Dirty Old Man Mossadegh's Favorite Dirty Sexual Position ? ...

Or When is the next Presidential ERECTION by the Way ? ...



To Think that even for this type of dirty laundry Republicans still need Educated and well informed Monarchists who know their King's history to supply them with reliable Anti Royalist Ammunition which they could not find otherwise ...

What would you do without us ? ...



Creative and witty - all thumbs up

by Cost-of-Progress on






The Dance, The Hand and The Look!

by Faramarz on

Thank you dear friends for reading and commenting.

I cannot decide if in this picture Shahbanoo Farah is in love or questioning Shah's love! Shah's open left hand shows distance!

I trust our female audience to make that call. 



The Gilda that Comrade is referring to was written about in the book "Shah's Last Ride", starting on page 96, and Oriana Fallaci also asked Shah about her.



G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

An excellent scenario. It has become obvious that his(?) idea of giving too much to the mullahs wasn't a good one, after all. And then there were pseudointellectual charlatans like, Ali Shariati, with his verbal diarrhea, telling an illiterate audience how great Islam was. Still, after 32 years of horrendous Islamic rule by the mullahs with the help of their murderous goons, there are those with ulterior motives who would tell you the regime is reformable!


Yep, Faramarz Jan that was one version

by aynak on

The other version went like this:

Hazarat Abbas: Dude, you got cancer, you will die in a few, what are you going to do?   There is a big seminar in Ramsar and some great plans are being put forward to advance the country, by some of the thinking elites.

Shah: Hmmm, cancer is bad.   I need to quickly make this country a single party system.   The biggest threat to me will come from these guys in Ramsar, who want to take over the power from me.  Considering I will be taking a lot of drugs the next few years, with political parties all gone I can make all the right decisions when the time requires me to do so........

May we all have good dreams.



by comrade on

Hayworth is the closest google-guessing entry. Please let me be courteous to Guilda's memory by not going further into her identity and what led to her demise at young age.

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.




by Doctor mohandes on

Looks sexy. Yumm Yumm.:)

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Comrade: By Guilda, do you mean

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on


For those of us taken by the lovely scene

by comrade on

His Majesty at around this time had started His infamous and fatal relationship with Guilda. And then there was a fellow by the name of M. Gh, for the Empress Regent, Farah....Just to say the least... 


Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.


Azarin Sadegh

Such a lovely picture!

by Azarin Sadegh on

Thank you so much for this picture! They both look lovely and in love too!

Ari Siletz

Oscar winning dialog!

by Ari Siletz on

Also nominate for best art direction(dast e hazrat e abbas in background of every frame was brilliant).

Soosan Khanoom

hollywood production Monda

by Soosan Khanoom on

hollywood production Monda !!!!?


it is more like the SNL sketch ... 

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Hazrate Abbasi they weren't bad recommendations :)

Darius Kadivar

Comrad Jaan Get Your Facts Right before Quoting Milani's errors

by Darius Kadivar on

"According to the last 150 years of Iran's history, the kings of Iran, whowere all dictators, either were killed by the people or died in exile, exceptMozzafar-oddin Shah Qajar who signed the Iran's Monarchy Constitution,Mashrouteh, in 1906."

Comrad Jaan Get Your Facts Right before Quoting Milani's errors:

SATIRE: Lookalikes Abbas Milani and Nasseredin Shah ;0)

Nasseredin Shah was victim of an Isolated assassination attempt and not a national upheaval and by the same SOB Islamists who hated the Persian Monarchy anyways since the dawn of time:

Naser al-Din was assassinated by Mirza Reza Kermani, a follower of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, praying in the shrine of Shah-Abdol-Azim.

Muzzaferedin Shah was No more no less democrat than his predecessors, he had nothing to lose given his old age and bad health. He died only a year after signing the Constitution:

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As for the Boy King Ahmad Shah

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He was no dictator but never earned the trust of his people after his own father's (Mohammad Ali Shah) behavior who chose to Bomb his people with the help of foreign Tzarist forces very much like Ghaddafi today rather than give in to their democratic demands.

Reza Shah was FORCED into Abdication by Foreign Forces after seeing his country Occupied and Not a Popular Uprising against him. As Such his Dynasty is definitively More Legitimate than the Previous one which had crushed the Constitutionalists with Tzarists Cannons.

Bebin TV: Series "History for Dummies"-Enghelabeh Mashrouteh aka Constitutional Revolution of 1906:


Muhamed Reza Shah Reigned and did not Rule for the first 12 years of his reign ( Longer than ANY Persian Monarch before him) very much like many other European Constitutional Monarchs.

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PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: Shah Delivers Speech to Parliament (1951)

But lost the trust of the people in the same way as Ahmad Shah because of the Coup or rather Counter Coup in which he himself had no role:

MashadollahAdjoudani, Parviz Rajji Vs Abbas Milani on the so called Coup of 53 (BBC Persian)

It's Not the Shah's Fault if YOUR Demagogue Qajar Prince Got his PRIORITIES WRONG:

YES, PRIME MINISTER: A Step By Step Guide To Mossadegh's Premiership and the Coup of '53 ...

Along with his Treacherous Ministers:

Isn't Calling for the Head of State's Death usually called "Treason"?


SOURCES OF FURY:Nader Naderpour on origins of IRI's "Death Slogans" towards US and Israel

I have no problem with people who are against the concept of Royalty, or even mocking it or presenting an interesting and critical outlook as Faramarz has done with wit in this intelligent and creative blog but then don't try to define something You clearly Don't understand:

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Related Blogs:

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THE SHAH's SPEECH: Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi's Last Speech

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Darius Kadivar

Interesting and Creative outlook Faramarz Jaan But ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

I am not certain the shah was as religious and superstitious as some like Abbas Milani try to claim. The Shah was a mystic in a philisophical sense like all muslim leaders of his generation including Sadat:

Watch Sadat's interview here:

pictory: Egyptian President Sadat Opposes True Islam To IRI's "Khomeinism" (1979/1980)

but definitively not Religious minded when making important decisions or running the affairs of the State.

Shah's Interview with David Frost in 1974 at the height of power:


See Related pictory:

pictory: David Frost's documentary on Iran's Shah in Power (1974)


Good picture, bad nightmare

by Elisenda on

This is a very beautiful picture about the Iranian Shah and Shahbanou.

However, I'm not agree with the content of the nightmare, it tries to ridiculise both, the Shah and Farah. They don't deserve it. 



Very entertaining

by Monda on

I can envision this as a Hollywood production, I swear. ..Thank you Faramarz.

I had never seen this great photo of the couple. One wonders what they were exchanging and what went on before that party. The Queen looks seriously pensive and alert for a slow dance, don't you think? See, if you were to turn this into a movie script you could cover all these nuances.