Category Archives: Week 4

Famous Last Words: Work, Work, Work

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This image makes me really happy, and I also got a little kick out of it. I knew the past week would be a struggle to get completed with all of my work for a while now. Once again, the only assignment I wasn’t able to complete was the storytelling (which I always enjoy). Not only that, but I was also behind on my project, feedback, and comments in comparison to my prepared schedule for this class. Everything has been so hectic, and I’m excited for things to start slowing down a bit.

On the bright side, I was able to finish my lab report in sections each night after work for capstone. I was also able to complete the other assignments on time. I was worried about finding time to put the report together in a good manner, but I was able to accomplish that. There’s always a bright side in every situation if you ask me, and mine is that although I’ve been overwhelmed between school and work, I’m fairing just fine!

For next week, I hope to get ahead on things. I plan to do some extra reading for week 5 today. I may go ahead and read the sections whether or not I have the time to write up the notes over it or not. I have a very busy day today, but I want to still try my best to accomplish some reading at least! This is the last week for a few weeks that I’ll be working full time hours, though I’ll still be working a lot. I do have time to complete my assignments, I just need to adjust my schedule accordingly. Where there is a will, there is always a way! So after this next week, I should be having plenty more time to get ahead!

Image One: Look on the bright side found on Flickr.

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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Kumbhakarna has to be my favorite section in this reading. This is probably the part that I will write my story over. Kumbhakarna is Ravana’s brother, and also known as one of the greatest soldiers. It reminds me of the hulk, or a really powerful comic character. He used to devour humans and destroy everything in the entire universe, he was that strong and powerful. The problem was after his attacks he would sleep for 6 months to only wake for 1 day, eat a tremendous meal, then sleep again. Ravana’s group decided it was mandatory to have Kumbhakarna in battle against Rama and his, so they blew trumpets and raided him with elephants, anything to awake him. I thought it was funny that the simple caress of a woman awoke him immediately, though unhappy and questionably. They fed him everything they could (human beings included), and he wasn’t satisfied. He wanted apes as well. Sugriva and Hanuman didn’t fare well against the giant, as the trees and boulders didn’t phase him. The giant won, seized Sugriva, carrying him on his chariot.

The giant went against Rama, and Rama sank the giant into the ocean by use of flaming arrows to the head and body. I could create a story where it also relates to biblical versions of Goliath! I’m not really sure that the underdog scenario in David and Goliath is too similar to Rama vs. Kumbhakarna, because I don’t think Rama is ever considered an underdog! But, this was really my favorite scene in the bible when I was a kid, because man if David can defeat a giant, then what’s to fear? But anyways, I think it would be cool to have Goliath as Kumbhakarna, and David as Rama. The story would be set back in biblical times, or I could make it modern with a twist.

Basically, most of the reading is about battles this week. I could really make my own story out of any of the battles, change the characters or the outcome, and go from there. Another cool approach would be to use dialogue and tell a story from Rama’s point of view. Also, I could bring in an outside hero into any story similar to Agastya (who provides Rama advice to defeat Ravana)!

To Rama’s great success, he wins yet another battle, this time leaving Ravana dead. I was really surprised during Sita and Rama. After everything she’s been through, she only wanted what she felt was best for Rama. I loved when Sita was tested then given back to Rama in such joyous emotions.

Rama and Bharata was also a huge favorite of mine! I was overjoyed to see that those sandals came back into the picture and just in time. This would be a great one to write a story over as well!

Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition with sources used from M. Dutt, R. Dutt, Gould, Griffith, Hodgson, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Oman, Richardson, and Ryder.

Image One: Hanuman and Kumbhakarna battle accessed from Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part C

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After completing Part C reading, there are so many different stories I could create. I haven’t decided exactly what to write yet, but I feel like I want to make a modern day short story from a small section of the reading. There are so many options including the character conflicts between brothers, the death of Vali, etc. I could include just Sita’s side of view. I could even write this from Sita’s point of view if I wanted to stray from a modern approach.

Sugriva is Vali (ruler of monkey kingdom’s) little brother. The set began with Sugriva persuading Hanuman to disguise himself and determine who strangers were and what they were doing. Rama was overjoyed hearing of Sugriva, and Hanuman was overjoyed that he’d found allies. Lakshmana described Rama’s situation, and Hanuman insisted that Sugriva was in the same situation. I could change just the beginning portion of this story in so many ways. I could turn this into a modern short story. I would change the characters from indian epics characters, to maybe some movie stars.

Sugriva’s Story would also be cool to rewrite, except modern. I want to take a modern approach this week to whatever I write. I could have Sugriva as a different character who’s older brother (Vali) stole his wife from him. The story could then follow the same line, but with modern characters and modern time. Leave it to Rama to persuade Sugriva to go into battle with his brother, Vali! Sugriva and Vali was such a good read. Tara didn’t want Vali to accept battle with Sugriva since he was with Rama. This just shows how strong of a character Rama is. I loved the poetic dialogue in it, and I’d love to try something like that some time! I do want to reread this short portion (or Vali’s death) again if I decide to create anything poetic. I was so surprised at how the killing of Vali turned out. Is that a fair battle between the brothers when Rama is hiding out to take a shot with his arrow?

The mourning phase then begun for Tara, the monkey’s, and even Sugriva. But, Rama was praised and lifted up throughout the sadness. Now Sugriva is king, and Rama has to wait until the season of rain ends before he can find Sita. Lakshmana has to hurry Sugriva along in the quest when the season ends, and Sugriva sent out 4 armies of monkeys. Sampati (Jatayu’s brother) provides that Ravana took Sita to Lanka and the army was headed in the right direction, The story of Hanuman finding Ravana asleep in his bedroom with no Sita gives me so many ideas. Where else could she be? What have they done with Sita?

I thought it was interesting that he finally found Sita in Ashoka Grove. The description of her surroundings was great, including all of the different shaped/animalic demons. I felt bad when Hanuman was captured. It was agreed that Ravana would set his tail on fire. This then brings up war for Sugriva and Lanka! What a turn when Vibhishana (Ravana’s brother) opts out of war and takes Rama’s side.


Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition with sources used from M. Dutt, R. Dutt, Gould, Griffith, Hodgson, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Oman, Richardson, and Ryder.

Image One: Rama and Lakshmana with Sugriva accessed on Wikimedia Commons.