Those four years were the best time of Daniar’s life.
For the first time in his life, Daniar felt that his academic pursuits were recognized and appreciated. Unlike his parents and the Turkestani street vendors whom he had worked for, his peers and professors were just as enthusiastic about ethnological and political studies as he was.
After he graduated, he remained an integral part of the university, where he continued to do research on Turkic culture and on politics. In particular, he became intrigued by the entire concept of modernity as exemplified by the ideal of liberal democracy, and thus, sought to bridge Turkestan with this particular conception of modernity. This was the topic of research, ultimately, that eventually led him to the United States.
Because living with Daniar naturally meant always listening to his accounts of the past, as such, I grew to greatly value education, in much the same way as Daniar had. I studied a lot, preferring the company of books to that of my peers. I thought of all the possibilities, of how I could one day lead a new Turkestan, but I suppose”—and here Chinghiz laughed—“I would have never thought I would become a basmachi.”
-The buildings behind Daniar are somewhat referenced from this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
-Daniar's pose is a reference to this famous Soviet poster: quizilla.teennick.com/user_ima…
-His books says "Manas" (Манас)--Manas is the Kyrgyz national epic, one of Daniar's obsessions/focus of studies.
-Sky somewhat inspired by this: fav.me/d6svrqa by
-Location and year: Moscow, Tsarist Russia, 1890-94 (ages 20-24).
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