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. 18 years later I now have a PhD in Computational Linguistics and I dance Argentinian 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, US 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.