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About me

Dear reader.

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:

Young, motivated, ambitious, easy going and hard worker… These are the adjectives that describe me best.

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, 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”).

24 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2009 10:08 pm

    I looked through your blog. I read every section of your blog, and I am happy to see it. Tolkun Umaraliev is my best friend, and I learned a lot of things from him. He is a great person and likes to speak out truth. We need people, who work hard and die hard… He is one of the best Uzbek patriots of Kyrgyzstan. I am proud that I have a friend like Tolkun Umaraliev.

    I can tell more and write more, but I want to say just three things about him:
    – Honest and Patient
    – Smart and Well Educated
    – Respectful and Working Hard

  2. Lyubov permalink
    July 5, 2009 12:28 am

    Hey Tolkun,

    My congratulations, good job!!! We really need people, who work hard and die hard=)…

    Best regards from Germany,
    yours L.

  3. July 9, 2009 5:48 am

    Hey pismiq:) Blog ochvopsizku bundoq e’lon qilisham yogakande. Pismiqlikda bizdan oshib tushdis lekin:D Hullas muborak bolsin, judayam chiroyli, hayrlisini bersin!

    Inson Parijga kelib HAY demabsiz, odamgarchilik qolmabdi 😦

  4. July 9, 2009 3:57 pm

    ii, Parijdamidiz siz? Bilganimda albatta aytgan bolaridim. Gmail’da korinme koganizga meni unutvordi deb oylabman 🙂

    And btw, what is the combination to your blog?

    PS. Rahmat rahmat 🙂

    • September 6, 2009 7:43 pm

      qoshib qoydim hozir. bu commenttizyam endi uqibman. lekin added users listda kormyapman. qushgandan keyin this user is added settings saved turipti. a tak ochilmasa yana msg me.

    • Umidillo Buzurhanov permalink
      May 12, 2010 4:25 pm

      Salom To`lkinjon aka

      The thing is I have recently applied for the same MA program at OSCE that you graduated from.
      I would really appreciate if you could give me some information about the interviews and test that applicant are expected to go through in admission process.

      qanaqa savollar berishi mumkin? o`ziz experience sizdan kelib chiqib aytib bersez minatdor bulasdim

      Javobingizni email orqali kutib qolaman

      Hurmat bilan Umid (Uzbekistan)

      • May 24, 2010 1:56 pm

        Salom Umidjon,

        uzr, sizni kommentingizni endi kordim 😦 Uje bolib otgandir interview bilan test? Adashmasam Kg’da uje boldi. Agar bolgaman bolsa yanayam yahshi – ulguraman sizga yordam berishga. Suhbat davomida har hil savollar berishi mumkin, lekin eng asosiylari bu standart savollar “nima uchun OSCE Acadamy?”, “OSCE Academy’degi oqish sizni kelajakdagi rejalaringizni amalga oshirishda sizga qanday yordam beradi?” yoki “5 yildan keyin siz ozingizni qaerda va kim sifatida korasiz?”. Shu asosiy savollar. Keyin anketangizni ichidan ham savollar olishlari mumkin. Ayrim mahallarda hozirgi bolayotgan siyosiy jarayonlarga izoh bering deyishlari ham mumkin. Shu savollarga javob izlab turavering.

        Omadlar! Otasiz degan umiddaman. Agar otib Bishkekka kelsangiz, menga email yozvorin, uchrshib “life in bishkek for dummies” degan lekciya oqib beraman 😀

  5. MaLika permalink
    July 9, 2009 7:07 pm

    Hello Tolkun!!! You’ve got very interesting blog!!! So it’s really gorgeous, exellent… It’s great to hear that you want to change if not the whole world 🙂 but our country for better!!! So, frankly speaking I wish you Good Luck!!! Achieve your aim!!!!!!

  6. Jorabek permalink
    July 13, 2009 1:06 am

    Hei, Privet, da net slov krasiva sdelano, molodes! ti na bolshoe sposoben tak chto derzai, udachi vovsem!
    Na tebia vsegda mojna polajitsa.
    S uvajeneim.

  7. Emil permalink
    July 20, 2009 1:05 pm

    Really good job! The blog of young and promising professional:) Waiting for your articles in Times or Guardian weekly (it’s cool to boast that my friend is writing for such newspapers, though I don’t read them, but nevermind :))

  8. zainabidinov permalink
    July 27, 2009 8:07 pm

    Mne ochen ponravilsya tvoy blog Tolkun. Nauchilsya mnogo chego otsyuda i konechno uznal pro tebya mnogo chego. Zdorovo!

  9. Hatam permalink
    August 27, 2009 12:29 pm

    Well done!!!That’s a boy! Tolkun we all are proud of you!!! Goog luck!

  10. Maya permalink
    December 7, 2009 1:34 pm

    Soooo, how was your trip to Dushanbe? )))

  11. Saliya permalink
    December 29, 2009 12:07 pm

    mmm….ochen horoshiy blog!!!Molodec!bylo zanyatno i interesno!:)

  12. Shuhrat permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:31 pm

    Zdorovo Tolkun…It’s cool..

  13. April 8, 2010 5:02 am

    Tolkun, I read this story…

    … and immediately thought of you. I hope that you and those you care about are safe.

  14. Larry Tweed permalink
    May 12, 2010 2:11 pm


    Congratulations! I enjoyed reading your new blog. You’ve accomplished quite a lot in the last few years and I’m honored to consider you my friend. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing about where your next adventure takes you.


    Larry Tweed

  15. Natasha permalink
    May 25, 2010 3:33 pm

    Hello, if you are interested in soccer, do you want to join frizbee games on Sundays?

    • May 25, 2010 3:36 pm

      Frizbee? I have never played it, but I would give a shot, why not? 🙂 Who is playing and where?

  16. Nigora permalink
    July 21, 2010 6:25 pm

    Salom Tolkinjon,
    The blog is obviously well ordered and contains interesting informtion.
    Keep it up going for the perfect as usual.

  17. Farhod permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:31 am

    Vsego nailuchshego tebe v jizni i v professionalnoy karere. Vseh Blag tebe i tvoey semye. Miru Mir!!!

  18. Natasha permalink
    November 24, 2010 7:07 am

    Auca students and students from other universities play frisbee. trudovyye reservy-place. Mekan person to contact -0557751561. See you in spring I guess

  19. Nazik permalink
    January 12, 2011 3:16 pm

    Salam,Tolkun ake!
    kandaysiz? Magistratura uchun full scholarship programmalardi bilesizbi?men bul jil bakalavriatty buturup jattym ele,oshonduktan Evropa je USA ge programmalardy b ilespi?eger bilseniz menin pochtama jonotup koe alasizbi.
    Urmatim menen ,Nazik

  20. Nate Smith permalink
    January 28, 2011 2:58 am


    Congratulations on the selection for Open Society! I am also proud to say you are my friend. Your blog is great and your continued efforts to stand for a Kyrgyzstan that treats everyone with equality is much needed. I hope you are well, and when you make it to the states, you must visit Seattle!

    All the Best my friend,

    Nate Smith

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