Call me Orkut
"Call me Orkut. Some years ago--never mind how long
precisely, nothing particular to interest me on shore,
I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery
part of the world." The previous quote, a bit modified,
was from Melville’s Moby Dick, as some of you might have
noticed. Since the quote, ever so perfectly, captures
my state of mind while having left my home country and
exploring the New World, I decided to have it as the
opening sentence on my homepage.
It is more challenging to create a page about oneself
than it seems at first. People tend to say some peculiar
things when they describe themselves or their lives; some
try too hard, some make fools out of themselves. I will
try my best not to make the same mistakes, however, also
remember that reading this is voluntary.
Say that again?
I have been told that I have a colorful personality and
perhaps that is why my friends have given me more nicknames
than I can remember. O-Man, Big-O, Orc, Yogi, Ivy's Bitch
(if you were not there, never mind), Party Animal, OrCute,
Kooter, O, Dostum, and Smooth are some of the ones that I
recall at the first hand.
As you can probably guess, each nickname has
its own saga to go with it. However, for those who are not
familiar with the stories, "Orkut" works fine.
Foremost, I would consider myself a very modest person.
Nevertheless, if I would absolutely have to promote myself,
which certainly should be the case when writing one’s own
homepage, I could borrow some of the adjectives that my
friends have used when describing me: "friendly, unique,
fun, lovable, talented, cute, crazy, sexy, honest, romantic,
elegant, likeable, smart" among some others. O, and did I
already mention "frank?"
I could go on and on telling you about my childhood, my future
plans, and so on, but before I will do that, in my first version
of my homepage, I would like to pay tribute to all the wonderful
friends that I have around me, here at Stanford. I share many
incredible memories with these friends and I am looking forward
to many more adventures, as I will be preparing myself for the
final stretch in completing my degree. My friends are one of
the most important aspects of my life and I try treating every
single one of them accordingly. "Treat others the way you want
to be treated" - my motto. I wish that more people lived by my motto.
My goal of life is to try experience all the wildest things in
life (defining "wild" is up to you) and never look back or regret
about anything. Having said that, continue browsing through my
web site and you will understand...
April 1, 2001