Iranian takes a liking to Malaysia

ABOUT two years ago, Kosar Abbasi came to Kuala Lumpur to perform in a concert and today, it has been nine months since the Iranian made Malaysia her present home.

The 27-year-old bellydance instructor fell in love with the modern tranquillity and the rustic green of Kuala Lumpur, enough to want to relocate and work here.

“I don’t know if I want to stay here for life but presently I love it here. It’s a peaceful place to live in,” she said in an interview.

What she loves best about the city is its weather and the friendly people. Food is also another side of the city that keeps her here.

“There is a wide variety of food to choose from and what is even more amazing is how people of many races and religions live and mingle together,” said Kosar, who previously lived in India for seven years.

Hence, her favourite food is Indian, followed by other oriental delights, chiefly the teppanyaki.

When she’s not teaching at the Havana Estudio in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Kosar spends a lot of time reading and watching television at home.

With a strong Ayurvedic knowledge which she picked up while in India, Kosar reads many health and fitness books as she wants to design a fitness course for women. Otherwise, she gets most of her Persian novels from Iran.

“I love reading romance and history novels, so when I want these books, I contact my mother in Iran and she will send the books to me.

“I don’t know if there is any Iranian bookstore here,” said Kosar, adding that she did not see herself going back to Iran as long as she was still dancing.

Being away from home does not mean that she does not have contact with fellow Iranians.

She has some friends here whom she met when she first arrived in the city.

“It’s amazing how we recognise each other by just our looks!,” exclaimed Kosar who is living in Tropicana in Petaling Jaya.

With these friends, Kosar explores the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on weekend drives.

“My friends and I go will just drive out of the city for sightseeing.

“I am still in love with the natural surrounding here,” she added.

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