Category Archives: Week 5

Famous Last Words: I’ll make it

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It’s images and quotes like these that give me so much more motivation. This one in particular has so much truth behind it. Overall, I’ve had an incredibly hectic and crazy week. Between working full time hours and having assignments due in capstone, I had a really hard time finding time to complete all of my assignments this week. I didn’t do very well on my first capstone quiz, but I did really great on our first lab report, making the late nights worth it.

In this class specifically, I’ve kept up with most of the work, but I want and strive to be ahead instead of barely reaching deadlines. This isn’t like me, and I’m still determined to get ahead next week and the weeks after to where I don’t have to worry about the deadlines.  Sadly, as much as I’ve tried this week, I wasn’t able to complete the storytelling assignment yet again. My time management skills haven’t been the best. I did complete an extra credit reading assignment to take the place of the storytelling points this week, but I’m still not done with this weeks assignments. All I have left to do is the project, which I’ve put off until tonight so I really have some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy writing my introduction.

This is a memo to myself for the next week.

I don’t care if I work full time hours, when I get off work at 9 o’clock and arrive home, I need to devote time to my Indian Epics class. I will devote time each nite to my online class no matter how late I get off work or how exhausted I might be.

I have a capstone lab report due this Thursday, and I’m determined to get started on that today and work on it for a while each night until Thursday as well. It takes a lot of time and effort to write a report, and research simply cannot be put off.

Image One: Go for it found on Flickr.

Reading Notes: Ramayana: India’s Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom, E & F

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Since the storytelling for this week is over, I’m going to try to focus on content alone in these sections. I didn’t read the previous sections of this book, but I really wanted to get to the reading that involved Rama and Sita. These are two characters that I really enjoy learning about, and I love all the differences in versions I’ve read thus far.

When Rama discovered what had happened to Sita, the text gives such good descriptions. I could see him pacing back and forth, crying, and desperately hanging on to thoughts she was alive.  This book in particular is so good at vivid imagery through their text. From start to finish, I could picture the events so much better than the other versions we read (though there was nothing wrong with them, they were great as well).

Poor Rama has already been through so much, the loss of his kingdom, separation for everyone he loved, the king dying, and for Sita to be lost was just the icing on the cake. The ongoing search for Sita had me sitting on the edge of my seat, even though I already knew what the outcome would quite possibly be.  I feel like they set this up so much more like a cliffhanger looking for Sita compared to the other versions. The monkeys are also a huge part in this story. When Hanuman came into the story I was really excited. He is definitely a character that has such strong personality, and I like him a lot. He’s basically a life saver to Rama and Sita. And wahoo, Sita was found thanks to Hanuman. He wanted nothing else to do but get Sita safely to Rama, but of course (just like in the originals) it wasn’t that easy. Probably my favorite part of all this reading was the description of Hanuman basically receiving his “job well done.” They describe him leaping into the air, pressing down the mountains with his pressure, and the trees shaking and shedding blossoms. I thought that was great use of imagery, and brought this story to life, just like so many other parts of this story!

Bibliography:

Image One: Rama and Sita Wikimedia Commons

Ramayana: India’s Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom by Krishna Dharma accessed online here.

 

Reading Notes: The Divine Archer, Part B

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This book is so enjoyable. I love the descriptions that it gives about the events that take place, and I love how there are both changes and similarities.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the scene where Hanuman has to defeat the monster (Surasa). Although it wasn’t a very long scene, it set Hanuman up to pass through and sneakily fly around the city. This short section could be retold in so many different ways. Instead of it being so easy for Hanuman to pass through, what if there was a task he had to complete before passing by the monster? The task could tie back to the cultural staple of the sandles, etc.  I just think that Hanuman is such a cool character, and it would be fun to rewrite his journey beginning from the meeting of Surasa. I was sad when he accomplished so much, even accomplished giving Sita the ring from Rama and told her he was coming only to be arrested. What if Hanuman could’ve immediately escaped and not been arrested? What if Rama was able to be there with Hanuman, and none of the events would’ve taken the same turn. BUT… I also think it’s quite interesting that instead of killing Hanuman, Ravana has them set his tail on fire as if that will do the trick (which actually turns out great for Hanuman!). Rama is a real hero after everything else he endured along his journey, and writing a story about him would have so many different options and involve so much fun. I thought the part where Sita emerges from Earth at the end would also be a good section to create a story about. What happens next?

I like how close the cultures seem to be, and how the people in the towns seem to have such a strong impact on one another. I want to rewrite a story about Hanuman, because he doesn’t receive near as much attention as Rama does. Hanuman can be the real hero, and he can have a magic power that automatically places Rama into the arms of Sita upon meeting. I want to switch it up a bit, and I have so many options in which direction I could go.

Ashvamedha – horse sacrifice ritual (I also thought this was an interesting part of culture, and it would be cool to include this ritual in either my storytelling, or my project).

Bibliography:

Image One: Hanuman found on Wikimedia Commons

The Divine Archer by F. J. Gould, accessed online here.

Reading Notes: The Divine Archer, Part A

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This reading contained many sacred and cultural traditions. The beginning where gold, plate, and sacred cows were presented to the holy priests reminded me of the sacred gold sandals. In this traditional writing approach, sacred objects and traditions are a big deal, and the entire writing revolves around such. This book just seems to fit together so well, and I love how quick the story has unraveled, but how stable it’s been held together.

I was confused with some of the vocabulary, but enlightened when following the link to learn about each thing found in the reading notes. Much of the beginning was familiar territory character wise, introducing the characters affiliations. Rama is a real superstar in this day and time, and he makes that very obvious. The descriptions in the book really crack me up. I really enjoyed him stealing cream and curds from the table and running away like he’d accomplished so much. I could rewrite a completely different story about Rama and really bring his personality to life. He’s such a character, so it would be fun to create his own story based during his childhood and interactions with different characters, his mom/dad, etc.

Overall, my favorite sections included the details of Sita and Rama. I love Rama as a character, so of course his cute little love at first sight experience. I could take a modern approach and discuss this love life in today’s society. It could be centered around the central thought of love at first sight, whether on social media or in person. I think it might make it quite comical to turn this modern, and there are so many different ideas that I can think of to top off the story. I could set up text message segments with dialogue between two characters taking the place of Sita and Rama. It could be the traditional approach now rather than the garden scenario and cultural approach in the text.

Bibliography:

Image One: Rama and Sita accessed from Flickr.

The Divine Archer by F. J. Gould, accessed online here.