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Mehri Kashani obituary


Our friend Mehri Kashani, a poet and writer, who has died aged 79, was deeply admired in Persian literary circles in London, where she lived, and in Iran, her home country, which she left after the revolution of 1979, and missed.

She was born in Tehran, daughter of Mohammad-Taghi and Ozra Lankarani. Theirs was a traditional and religious family, but one open to liberal thinking and with a love of books, which influenced Mehri’s own passion for reading and writing. She married Hamid Kashani, an entrepreneur who in the early 1970s set up the first department store in Iran. Mehri devoted her life in Tehran to raising her children, writing and charitable work.

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