Posts tagged ‘Avar’

April 1, 2011

If women are doing a “man’s job,” it’s ok, but if a man is doing some kind of a “woman’s job,” it’s a shame

The interviewer (Nikki Kazimova) met Shahla Sultanova for an interview on March 1, 2011. Shahla is a journalist who has just returned from the U.S. after completing a Master’s Degree in journalism. She is originally from the region of Zagatala, which is where her family lives.

My name is Shahla Sultanova. I am 30 years old. Foreigners call me Sheila because of the difficulty of pronouncing my name. I am not married and I don’t have children yet, but I have a plan to have children or a child some day.

My living situation is kind of complicated. I lived most of my life alone. Right now I live with my cousins in Baku in a small apartment. That’s because I have just come back from the United States and I have financial difficulty. I have a plan, it should happen, to find an apartment and to live alone.

Usually, I live alone. That’s what I did in the last 15 years. I grew up in an Avarian community, in Zagatala, in a village called Yuxari Tala. I had a grandma who lived totally alone.

She had plenty of rooms and after the age of 15, I went to live with her. And at the age of 18 I moved to Ganja city to study and of course I lived there alone, too. For the first two months, I shared my house with another student from my town but it didn’t work out.

For some reason in my character I can’t live with anyone. It’s really very difficult. I had a problem living with my sister too. It was difficult for me to find a place and pay for it, that’s why I moved to a dorm, which was in a very bad condition but they gave me a room that I did not have to share with anyone else. It was very cold but it was so important for me to have a place to myself.

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