To outsiders, the Caspian Sea may seem to be only about oil and gas, but for Mamed, a short, thin fisherman in his 50s with blue hand-tattoos and no front teeth, it’s all about the sturgeon that used to be.
Fish Fantasies on Azerbaijan’s Pirallahi Island
Expensive food is not necessarily tasty. Take caviar: Lali Lobjanidze and Gulnara Mekhtiyeva grew up hating it. Until the break-up of the Soviet Union, Lobjanidze’s mother worked in a caviar-processing factory and the precious delicacy was a daily staple.
Azerbaijan’s Caviar Memories
As elsewhere in the Caucasus, Azerbaijani women often keep to themselves memories of past domestic violence or abuse as if they have something of which to be ashamed.
Azerbaijan: Abuse Doesn’t Mean Love
The question “What to wear?” plagues devout Muslim women in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, just as often as their secular counterparts the world over. Yet since Baku is not spoiled for choice in modest but attractive clothing, Valida Khanim decided to fill the gap.