Bongo-Mohilar Japan Jatra: Hariprobha Takeda (1912)
A documentary film on my aunt, Hariprobha Takeda, a remarkable woman who was far ahead of her times, made by a Bangladeshi filmmaker, Tanvir Mokammel (The River Named Modhumati, Lalon, Quiet Flows The River Chitra, Lalsalu, etc.) premieres in India in June. Here is a news item from The Daily Star.
That is the exceptional story of Hariprobha Basu Mallik, who married a Japanese entrepreneur Wemon Takeda, and travelled to Tokyo in 1912, and whose life has been recreated on the celluloid by eminent Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel in his latest documentary, “Japani Bodhu” (The Japanese Wife) set to be premiered in Dhaka next month.
Born in 1890, Hariprobha would have remained a largely forgotten figure but for her “Bongo Mohilar Japan Jatra”, a memoir of her journey to Japan in 1912, considered the first book on that country by any woman from the subcontinent. The book was first published from Dhaka in 1915, Mokammel told The Daily Star.
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“Starting today, you can add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor,” said a May 1 update posted jointly by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COOSheryl Sandberg.
Soon after the announcement, which was made as part of a tie-up between Facebook and Donate Life California registry, the institute saw online sign ups shoot by nearly 8 times.
“As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800 percent from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!” the California registry posted on its Facebook page.
The statement by Zuckerberg and Sandberg talked about the role Facebook played in helping survivors of Missourie’s Jopplin tornado retreive missing property and Tsunami survivors in Japan locate family and friends.
It then spoke of millions in the US and across the world waiting for organ donations for their survival, and how many of them die because the crucial donations do not materialise.