Let the Golden Age Begin
I met Saparmyrat Nyýazow on a boat. I couldn’t believe my luck – just a few days ago an idea came to me that, if properly implemented, will assist the great Turkmen people grow, prosper and find spiritual truth in this Golden Age of Turkmenistan. The idea is to drop the Russian ending -ow (or -ov) from Turkmen last names. And of course, no-one can understand and implement this as well as the great leader of independent and neutral Turkmenistan. But of course, i had to start with a proper and polite greeting – after all, he is not just some head of state, he’s the great Serdar – Türkmenbaşy, the head of all Turkmen and the inspired author of the book of Turkmen soul – Ruhnama. Even though such traits can be expected to be found in a great leader, i was still delightfully surprised to find out how modest and nice he was – truly a sign of his unique abilities as a wise and humane person and a teacher admired by his people. Unfortunately, i woke up before i actually got to the part of proposing my idea to him and lost my chance to have a month – or at least a cotton field – named after me.