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A Bukharian trades in his Wall Street job to make pickles


December 31, 2021

Edward Ilyasov of Queens, N.Y., inspects his batches of pickles.

(JNS) - When the pandemic hit, Edward Ilyasov was in a bit of a pickle.

The 29-year-old resident of Queens, N.Y., had submitted his letter of resignation with plans to travel the world, starting with Israel. His last days at his well-paying job in finance were supposed to be during the latter part of March 2020, and he planned to paint a person a day as he gallivanted. Yet with restrictions on travel due to COVID-19, he realized that he'd have to scrap his artistic dream. His employer allowed him to return, and he began working remotely.

Despite the fact that he was succeeding in New York -...

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