This is what Pinar means in Turkish. In fact, I have three names. Raife Duru Pinar. First one is my grandma’s name. An old, rare Turkish name. I have heard it only two more times in my entire life. Grandma and I were born on the same day. May 6. Like our names and birthdays, we have shared many things in our lives, until she passed away and left a void.
‘Duru’ means clear, which my father wanted to call me. My mom wanted ‘Pinar’. So they called me both: Duru Pinar, Clear Spring Water.
I was born in Istanbul. In 1998 I went to Germany to stay only for 1 year to learn German. 21 years later I now have a PhD in Computational Linguistics and I dance the Argentine tango. I had planned for none.
I am a researcher in essence and a curious person by nature. People matter to me. So do different cultures. I have lived in Turkey, Germany, Italy, USA Spain, Switzerland and to a certain extent in Sweden. I embrace diversity and different mindsets. I am experimental. I like risks, changes, and challenges. I continuously question the current state of things. My goal in life is to make a difference. For the better.
That is why this blog. If only even one person in this world feels inspired, relieved, questioning, encouraged, curious, calm….because of what I share here, I will be happy and peaceful. Now and when I am no longer around.
What I Do
My academic education started with English language and literature as I always loved books and the playful surprises of the human language. Later, when I left home to discover the big world, I also discovered the world of logic. I found peace in the calmness of rational thought. I loved it so much that my academic education ended with a PhD in computational linguistics.
I was a curious child and I liked to create things. I asked many questions, danced ballet and painted. It happened naturally that I became an academic researcher and eventually an IT manager, so I could continue asking many questions, then create the solutions. Arts, books and dance still help me to create and inspire myself and others as a product manager. At the same time, my rational and pragmatic mind loves to deliver simple, working technology to people to solve their problems.