Motorcycles, Art, Booze, Food and Politics…Puzant Nadjarian says goodbye…
You are standing outside, on the corner of Platonos Street in old town Nicosia. The woman buys her fruit and pockets her change. Behind her, a packed parking lot, despite the NO PARKING IDIOT signs graffitied on the wall. You sip your coffee, press your finger down and take the picture. You are Puzant Jean Nadjarian.
I was a teenager when I met him, he was a little older. Long hair, big beard, Rasputin eyes, a good-life belly and a fat roaring motorcycle. He rode with a pre-invasion mix of Turks, Greeks and Armenians, their common uniform, long shaggy hair. A lover of photography and art, Puzant supplied us with our fix for posters, especially those coveted early Athena masterpieces we all had to have – mind blowing, state-altering, psychedelic trips, blockmounted and glossy on our walls. There was music too, rock and progressive and just about everything else. Puzant always seemed to find it first. And then, way before anyone thought the walled city was hip, he beautifully converted that ancient sandstone house with its patterned floors, archways and high ceilings into Plato’s Bar, the only bar worth visiting with a clientele so loyal it still homed in like pigeons long after he’d sold it and moved on. His life was about great food, good booze, sharp wit, passionate debate and politics. And if you could do all that on the back of a motorcycle, you were in. Puzant was active within his community – The President of The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus (Hay Tad), a member of the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun and a member of the Artsakank Armenian-language Editorial Board. He was also a husband, a dad, a son, a brother, a friend.
You were standing on the corner of Platonos Street , Old Town Nicosia. You sipped your coffee, took a picture, got on your bike and left. Asdvadz Hokin Lousavore, Puzant. Rest In Peace.
Puzant ( Jean) Nadjarian will be laid to rest on Saturday 12 March at 2:30 pm at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church Nicosia, Cyprus.
photos by Puzant Nadjarian