Writing has been one of my lifetime passions. When I work on a book project, there is no stopping, no tiredness, no boredom. I feel truly in the Zone. Most of my works have been already published, but my poems and collection of short stories have not. I am still in the process of finding my literary voice in the context of other things I do, which is going to determine the direction of my future publications.
As a medical student, I was obsessed with medical linguistics. I could vividly see the potential of Persian language as an Indo-European language capable of having exact equivalents for medical terminologies. After some ground work and initial research, I formed a team of over 25 term finders and editors who worked diligently for over a year to extract commonly used Persian medical terms from over 30,000 pages of authored or translated medical textbooks by the most eloquent authors. Then, I identified any gaps and proposed equivalents that could be used by future translators and medical writers. This evidenced-based Persian medical dictionary was published in 1996 and won a national prize in 1997 as the best authored student book in Iran.
In 2001, I published a series of 6 titles with the aim of providing easy-to-understand medical information for public on six topics of cardiovascular diseases, nervous system disease, kidney diseases, joint and autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, blood diseases and cancer. These books became popular especially at doctors' offices as a source of information for patients waiting for their appointments. One of the highlights of these books was an account of a typical patient journey in Iran (especially in urban areas), so that patients could better navigate through the system and determine who to go to and for what.
In the area of music, I first published the sheet music of Old Persian Dances, which was the output of my research into Persian dance forms (Rengs), which also consisted of re-arranging them for the santour in less common but more challenging scales. This book is now part of the advanced repertoire for the santour and those who finish advanced courses (i.e. Radif Chapkook) can play these Rengs and further enhance their technique and repertoire. The other music book that I had a significant role in was Master Abolhassan Saba's Courses for Santour, which I rewrote in late 1980s and edited under the supervision of master Payvar.
The Wheel of Context for Sexuality Education co-authored with Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh was created as a practical framework to ensure that educators, advocates, and researchers in the field of sexuality education maintain a holistic perspective on a selected number of key contextual factors that may influence, hinder or catalyze our work. The Wheel of Context may also help provide a greater appreciation for the communities we serve and ultimately lead to more desirable outcomes for our programs or projects. It is not only a tool to build consensus and alignments at the onset of a project, but also a medium to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, create solutions out of conflicting ideas and a measure to deepen our understanding about the root causes of unforeseen barriers and resistance that we may face.
The third phase of my writings started in 2012 when I wrote a collection of blogs to help my readers and subscribers make better plans for their life journeys. I took a number of critical decision points in everybody's life and after providing a novel thinking framework, I encouraged them to spend an hour in their days to deeply contemplate on each subject. Those blogs were actually drafts for my upcoming book project, which is now ready for submission. My hope is to publish it as soon as possible and make it available to those in their 20s and early 30s faced with so many critical decisions in their lives.