I sincerely welcome you in my personal blog! Here you can find interesting, and sometimes intriruging, stories about me, and my comments on what is happening around me and/or in the world. I hope you will find the blog interesting and useful. If you have any questions/suggestions, you can leave them in comments section of the blog, or email me personally at umaraliev [at] gmail [dot] com.
Briefly about me:
Was born in Aravan village of Osh region, Krygyzsan, in 1985.
Education: High school: #9 after Alisher Navoi (finished in 2002); university: Osh State University, Department of World Languages (graduated in 2007), was an exchange student in ICP department of the American University in Central Asia (2005); Masters degree in Political Science: the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (graduated in 2008).
Work experience: worked at different organizations with different backgrounds doing different job (development, human rights, international refugee protection, blogging and citizen media, etc). They include Mercy Corps International, UNHCR, USAID sponsored small projects, Global Voices Online, Transitions Online, and others. The best job I have ever done was at Neweurasia.net, a premier blogging network in Central Asia, where I worked as a coordinator of Uzbekistani blogs. (UPDATE: At the moment, I am coordinating Kyrgyzstan at neweurasia.)
Fixing for foreign reporters is also a part of my job that I do if I have got a free time, or flexible schedule. So far I have worked with McClatchy newspapers, Al Jazeera English, AFP, BBC, Stars and Stripes. Being a fixer is an extremely interesting job, as I get to know more about the hot topics in Kyrgyzstan. Unfortunately, lately, due to the too much workload, it is a bit difficult to find a free time for that.
At the moment, I am based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, but I do travel often. It may be surprising, but so far I have never been to English speaking country yet. Most of my travelings took place in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.
Languages: Due to the ethnic diversity of Ferghana valley, I learned three different languages from my early childhood – Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Russian, and I am fluent in them. I later learned English, and still learning it, as it is a foreign language to me. So, not counting all other Turkic languages that I mostly understand, I am fluent in four languages.
Hobbies: I love playing football (soccer), read books on history, and watch Discovery channel and the Simpsons (D’oh!) 😀
PS. The opinions expressed in this blog are personal opinions of me – Tolkun (Tulkinzhon) Umaraliev, not the opinions of any organizations or persons I am affiliated with.
PSS. For those, who might look for me in internet, my name in my passport is written as Tulkinjon Umaraliev, it is because of the conversion of Uzbek cyrillic into Russian cyrillic, as Russian does not have some sounds the Uzbek language has (here “Қ” and “Ғ”).