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One of Varoujan’s students, Arakel Badrig has given us a delightful description of the Chebukkerian home (Varoujan’s original family name), in 1912, when he was a teacher at the Aramian Academy in Sebastia.

“After we completed our graduation ceremony, Varoujan congratulated us, saying: ‘Tomorrow, you’re all invited to come dine at our house in Perkenik.’

After passing outside the city limits we soon found ourselves between two oceans of tall amber-colored waves of grain. From time to time we encountered Perkeniktsees, some on foot and others mounted, and exchanged greetings and good-natured banter. They were keen in their replies and their witty wise-cracks delighted us no end. We were still youngsters just on the threshold of life and everything delighted us […]”