Preface: The Monkey
Aditya or Aditya Kabir (also known as the Monkey King; simplified Chinese: 孙悟空; traditional Chinese: 孫悟空; pinyin: Sūn Wùkōng; Wade–Giles: Sun Wu-k'ung) is a species of primates, primarily found in Kazakhstan. These primates are primarily known for their skills in the Fu and their practice of worshiping Superman, both characters extensively studied by Dr. Doolittle. Dr. No maintains that primates of the genus Homo in general, and the species of Homo sapiens in particular, are descendants of A. Kabir. However, Dr. Darwin, in 1945, and Mr. bin Laden, in 1967, have challened the Dr. No-hypothesis and fowarded their own hypothesis. Followers of these two heretics call their new doctrine "Just Say Yes".
Use of A. Kabir is popular in the area of medical research. According to the Powerpuff Girls, a human rights group, several hundred individuals of the specimen were killed in the process of developing Viagra, an outer space drug developed by NASA. Dr. Frankenstein, spokesperson of the medical division of NASA, declined the allegation claiming that only Pokémons and Jabberwockys, two common varieties of toads, were used in R&D.
A. Kabir is also known for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Spoonerism, Malapropism, Typographical error and other psychological instabilities, extensively studied by Dr. Freud. According to probability theorist Dr. Doom, these instabilities may have been the final cause for the Mediation Cabal, or even the Uncyclopedia. (more...)
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|आदित्य (Sanskrit)||The Sungod, one of the 12 highest gods of Indian Pantheon, a son of Aditi the Earth Goddess|
|الكبير (Arabic)||The Great, an attribution of the God, an attribution of kings|
Prologue: What, me worry?
|“||...years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.||”|
|— Will Durant, Lovely|
It was a sunny summer afternoon, as sunny as it gets, and my colleague Shakib was getting excited about some business pitch or other. I don't remember which one, or if we managed to win it or not. To answer to his bullet-pointed questionnaire I turned to Google. I was feeling lucky that day, and I typed out - Bandarban - and voila, came up an Wikipedia page.
I have been caught ever since, held by the power of this wonderful project of Wikimedia Foundation, hosted by Wikia and running on MediaWiki softwares, is truly the greatest of all Wikis and a crowning glory of Web 2.0. I soon found out that the Bangladesh entries on this free content encyclopedia needs massive help. So I volunteered, though not much has been achieved yet. Instead of focusing my efforts around my home country I have been rather busy with or topics that tickled my fancy. Not a difficult job, as we have till today 5,483,665 articles to choose from.
Before the monkey came
|“||I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together...||”|
|— Lincholn Memorial Speech, Martin Luther King, Jr.|
My mother grew up in the house that my maternal grandfather bought from the family of Jibanananda Das in Barisal, near the Oxford Church. Das, the famous Bengali poet, has lived there for most of his life to write some of the most wonderful poems in Bangla. My father taught at Brajamohan College, where Das was a member of the faculty a few decades earlier.
My father published a number of monographs on the poet when he was teacher at the University of Dhaka. Among his friends, a gang of poets and intellectuals that included Farhad Mazhar and Ahmad Safa, he was recognized as the last standard-bearer of the school of Mr. Das. His other friends and associates included Humayun Azad, Nirmalendu Goon and Mohammad Rafiq. Both my parents and their friends were involved with the radical flank of the Six point movement of 1969. That was before my birth.
Beginning at the end
|“||At day's end, like hush of dew
Comes evening. A hawk wipes the scent of sunlight fom its wings.
When earth's colors fade and some pale design is sketched,
Then glimmering fireflies paint in the story...
|— Banalata Sen, Jibanananda Das, trans. Clinton B. Seely|
It was 13 November, 1970, a day after the worst cyclone disaster in recorded history - the 1970 Bhola cyclone. I was born in wee hours that showed no light apart from lightning strikes. As I breathed my first at Saint Anne's Hospital, Barisal, thousands breathed their last in my ancestral village, Jangalia, less than a 100 km away. The Bay of Bengal, a regular generator of tropical cyclones was at its cruelest that day surpassing the disasters of 1965, 1963, 1942 and 1864. The cyclone and its fury killed 500,000 people by estimate.
A month after my birth, Awami League became the majority in National Assembly elections. But, upon the threats of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan People's Party, Yahya Khan then president of Pakistan, delayed the convening of the assembly. Then in 1971, all hell broke loose. Sheikh Mujib gave a speech virtually declaring independence (7 March), Yahya Khan declared martial law, the Pakisatni Army launched Operation Searchlight (26 March), Bengalis in the army defected and Major Ziaur Rahman declared independence of Bangladesh (27 March). The ensuing nine months to freedom took a toll of 3,000,000 Bangladeshi lives, inclduing a paternal uncle. 400,000 women were raped, 600,000 refugees, including a maternal uncle, left for India, and entire Bangladesh was devastated.
My mother, pregnant with my younger sister, took me through a tour of the country in fear of persecution. Other members of the family joined the war to liberate Bangladesh. A paternal uncle died, a paternal aunt was later recognized as a Bir Protik
|“||Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned...
|— The Second Coming, WB Yeats|
The newly liberated state brought no good news. Liberation was followed by famine, a greed-borne disaster that killed about a million. Then the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came along with a long line of military coups, as well as the killings of Abu Taher, Zahir Raihan, Siraj Sikdar and my father.
I was entered into Udayan School, then University Laboratory School and finally West End Highschool. In 1987 I passed the Secondary School Certificate examination. After two years at the Notredame College, where I had to become a debating champion to escape charges of misconduct, I passed the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate examination.
By that time I had done part-time jobs for a couple of magazines that included Bichinta (eventually landing me a job at daily Ajker Kagoj), lost virginity, had poems published by the Bangla Academy, and learned to smoke ganja and hash in copious amounts. Bangladesh, by that time, had seen two authoritative rulers Ziaur Rahman, who was assassinated, and Hossain Mohammad Ershad, who, ousted in a mass uprising, violently came to and went of power.
I got myself into the department of International relations at Dhaka University that taught me the fundamentals of military history and military strategy. I sailed through a serious Drug abuse problem and 8 mostly left wing political groups that included Bangladesh Students Union, 14 different jobs, mostly with newspapers that included The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, and even more varieties of women and Narcotics. Between 1991, the year Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh formed the government with Khaleda Zia as the Prime Minister. By 1999, life became a manic mess of a myriad misadventures.
|“||Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive...
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive
|— Eye of the Tiger, Survivor|
I was saved by three blessings in the end - Narcotics Anonymous, Osho and Oxfam - helping out with sobriety, serenity and sanity. I got into a Twelve-step program in 2002, and more blessings followed. The next year I joined the JWT, which in Bangladesh is led by Aly Zaker, a trustee of the Liberation War Museum, Asaduzzaman Nur, a Bangladesh Awami League parliamentarian, and Sara Zaker.
Now I get to work on brands like Nokia, Lux, Sunsilk, Wheel (the last two belong to Unilever), Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7 Up, Mirinda (the last thee belong to PepsiCo, obviously), and Singapore Airlines. I also worked on campaigns for almost all the Bangladesh telco brands - banglalink, Citycell Grameenphone and Aktel. I also have a social communication portfolio campaigning for UNICEF (in Bangladesh and Afghanistan), UNDP, UNFPA, IOM, WHO, Transparency International, Save the Children, Marie Stopes, and BRAC.
And, I also get play around really silly stuff like the Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, or . No wonder that more than half of my days are spent in front of a computer (which has a name too - a Hambaa, which means moo in Bengali).
|“||There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate...
|— The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot|
The following year I got married to Shumu, a film director who was working at Lowe Worldwide, which in Bangladesh is led by Geeti Ara Shafia, an advisor of the Caretaker government of Bangladesh in 2007. Her film Dhaka 2005, produced by Bangladesh Short Film Forum was nominated for an award at Rome Independent Film Festival She has also workd for the British-Bangladesh production The Last Thakur as a casting director though it was largely uncredited. Anyways, the marriage fell apart, and we got divorced. She joined the ranks of Bangladeshi Americans.
In 2011, I got married again. This time to Deepa (meaning Deepa), a researcher at James P. Grant School of Public Health under BRAC University, a project of BRAC housed in ICDDRB. She is quite well acquinted with spiritual talks of Osho and Jalaluddin Rumi.
Next year my daughter was born. She is named Krittika Padmapani. Krittika is the ruling star of her birth month – Kartik – and foster mother of the general of gods. Padmapani is the bodhisattva known as Guanyin (one who hears the cry of all humanity) in China.
Monkey see monkey show
|2010||Picnic||Script Writer||AKA Reza Ghalib||Bangla||A coming-of-age drama||12||Self||Made for US$ 30.00|
|2008||Ekti non-fiction ar koyekti fiction||Script Writer||Abid Mullick||Bangla||A drama||40||NTV||Name translation: A non-fiction and a few fictions|
|2008||Aha!||Sub Titles||Enamul Karim Nirjhar||Bangla||A drama||110||Channel i||Featured in Cairo Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival and Munich Film Festival|
|2007||Joy Jatra||Sub Titles||Toukir Ahmed||Bangla||A period piece||115||Channel i||Featured at Kolkata Film Festival. Name translation: Journey to victory|
|2006||Tobuo Bhalobasha||Script Writer||AKA Reza Ghalib||Bangla||A romance||42||Channel i||Name translation: It's still love|
|2006||Baro Bhuter Kissa||Script Writer||Nurul Alam Atique||Bangla||A ghost story||38||NTV||Name translation: Tale of a dozen demons|
|2005||Dhaka 2005||Script Writer/ Asst. Director||Shampa Afroz Shumu||Bangla||A comedy thriller||5||Bangladesh Short Film Forum||Loosely based on a short story by Satyajit Ray, made for US$ 10.00. Featured in Rome Film Festival.|
|2003||Island of Hope||Script Writer||Akram Khan||English||A documentary film||36||Oxfam||On Bangladesh river islands|
|2003||Torash||Script Writer/ Director||Self||Bangla||A suspense thriller||44||Independent producer||Name translation: Fear|
|2000||Phulkumar||Sub Titles/ PR||Ashique Mustafa||Bangla||A drama||78||New York University Film School||Based on a story by Shahidul Zahir. Name translation: The flower child|
|1993||Parampara||Script Writer||Minhazul Abedin||Bangla||A documentary film on the Baul||14||Independent producer||Format Super 8 film. Name translation: Heritage|
Epilogue: Monkey's day out
|“||"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."
|— The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll|
The areas that really interest me are mostly about Bangladesh, particularly History, Geography, Dhaka City, the War of Liberation, and the minority population). I also have an interest in the areas of Religion in Bangladesh (especially Christianity), Spirituality, and Pornography.
While stumbling around in the Wikipedia I have come face to face with all forms of Chinese martial arts - Eagle Claw (鷹爪派), Butterfly Sword (蝴蝶雙刀), Jeet Kune Do (截拳道), Lau Gar (劉家), Five Animals (五形), Silk reeling (纏絲功) or any form of Monkey Kung Fu (isn't that obvious?). There are discrepancies, , contradictory evidence, confusing precedence, sneaky vandalism and... you get the point. It is interesting to find, though, the admins at odds. You know, consensus doesn't ever come easy.
Though I consider myself a polymath, I have suffered from a number of WikiDiseases at varying degrees - Academic Standards Disease, Wikinoia, Wikistress, Redlinkphobia, Link madness, Substub disease and Edit counting. I haven't suffered from Admnitis yet, because, you dummy, I'm not an administrator here. I don't think I ever will want to be one, not with my level of patience.
Annex 01: Monkey trivia
- The monkey made its first edit in 5 May 2006 to the article on Bandarban District.
- The monkey found the article on Shahbag as a stub ready for a merge into the article on Dhaka and eventually managed to raise it to the position of a featured article.
- The monkey came across the article on Biman Bangladesh Airlines while trying to create an article on History of aviation in Bangladesh and eventually helped it enough to become a featured article.
- The monkey met with User:AA when working on the Biman Bangladesh Airlines article and eventually ended up nominating him to a successful request for adminship.
- An attempted deletion of an image on the article Riya Sen led the monkey to create the article on the film Ananthabhadram and develop it enough to become a good article.
- The monkey became involved with the Jayne Mansfield article through a comment on the talk page and ended up becoming the principle editor of the article?
- When The monkey took the article on Jayne Mansfield to peer review, it discussed and created the Jayne Mansfield in popular culture article which survived two attempts to delete.
- Most of the non free images the monkey uploaded, including the main visual identification image for Promises! Promises!, were put to speedy deletion by one single editor.
- Three of the editors the monkey admired greatly, User:Zora, User:Rama's Arrow and User:Hurricanehink has left the Wikipedia.
- Bangladesh Booty was the first article largely edited by the monkey to get deleted, but it was recreated by User:Arundhati lejeune.
Annex 02: Monkey plans
- Currently working on:
- Grameen family of articles: Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank, Grameen Fund, Grameen family of organizations
- Jayne Mansfield family of articles: Jayne Mansfield, Jayne Mansfield in popular culture, Jayne Mansfield biographical timeline, and her films and records
- Other articles: Somapura Mahavihara, Banglapedia, Sitakunda, History of aviation in Bangladesh, List of cities and towns in Bangladesh
- Plans to work on: Category:Bangladesh geography stubs, Religious persecution, Architecture of Bengal and Education in Bangladesh, as well as Grameenphone using their website. And, to add weather data to Bangladesh articles with help from per Cox's Bazar style
- Plans to create articles on: Wildlife of Dhaka city ( , ); Bangladesh timeline ( , ); List of medicinal plants of Bangladesh ( ); Fishing industry in Bangladesh (
- Plans to expand: Artistic depictions of the Bengali Language Movement and Artistic depictions of Bangladesh Liberation War
- Plans to jazz up: Poultry and Sanitation articles using Britannica 1911
- Wishes to add annotation to: The Art of War
- Wishes to keep an eye on the portal: News, DYK, Where in, (Nom), SelectPic (Nom), SelectArticle (Nom), SelectBio (Nom); Userwork:
- And, also: Wishes to collect and upload free or permitted images of Bangladeshi showbiz personlaities and the Liberation War
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- My blog on Google Blogger
- My profile on flickr
- My profile on youtube
- Hambaa the Blind Cow: An Image Gallery
- Dhaka 2005
- The Last Thakur on IMDb
- James P. Grant School of Public Health
- BRAC University