He Believed in America
Here is how to spell the name of Anil Umarkar's 14-month-old daughter, his most precious achievement, as specified by his wife, Priti: "V for victory; o for ocean; m for Mickey; i for ice cream; k for kite and a for America."
Although Mr. Umarkar, a computer programmer, is missing from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, where he worked for eSpeed, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald, his wife is determined that his ambition for his daughter, Vomika, will live on.
America, as in the last letter of Vomika, is the place where her father dreamed that she would get an advanced college degree. Although Mr. Umarkar, 34, will not be there to see it, Mrs. Umarkar hopes that victory, as in the first letter of Vomika, will come out of all the loss.
Two and a half years ago, Mrs. Umarkar, who has a master's degree in zoology, "left all that" in her hometown, Nagpur, India, so her husband could pursue his career. He loved football and had taken up jogging in Hackensack, N.J., where they lived. "He was intelligent, he was very loving, he was a very thorough gentleman, and his work was his only hobby, just to work," Mrs. Umarkar said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 22, 2001.