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Week 5 Story - Lava and Kusha Bartending

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On a rainy day, Puzzles, a bar on the North End of Sri Lanka, was experiencing the slower end of a business day. The bartenders have just been sitting around drinking desi daru's. A desi daru is a popular modern drink found in India made of molasses. As the bartenders were taking a drink of their freshly made beverage, a middle-aged man walks in soaked. The bartenders look at each other in awe because of the condition the man was in. The middle-aged man walks into the bars and takes a seat at the countertop. He asks the bartenders, "what is that drink that puts such joy on your face?" The bartenders say to the man, "This is a desi daru. We were having a slow day so we thought we should keep ourselves busy." The middle-aged man says, "I could definitely use a drink that could help me settle down." "No worries. Do you want to start a tab or close it?" says the bartender. The gentleman wanted to keep the bar tab open. He tells the bartender, &…

Week 5 Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues - Part B

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Part A ended with Rama asking for Sita's forgiveness after doing a funeral pyre in fire with the God of Fire, Agni. Then, Rama and Sita leave in a Pushpaka, a flying chariot. At the same time, the narrators plot consists of Nina leaving India to New York for a week. Dave Stays in India. Furthermore, Dave actually breaks off the relationship with Nina through email while she is in New York. She was in distraught because of the situation. The Ramayana plot continues as Sita tells Rama that she is pregnant. At the same time, a dhobi, a laundry man, physically abuses his wife with accusations that she was unloyal. He also compares his wife to Sita. Due to the laundry man's accusation and comparison to Sita, Rama commands his brother Lakshmana to take Sita to the forest and leave her there. He decides to do this because he has to keep his high end reputation. Sita once again sings the Blues while crying Lakshmana takes her to the forest. Sita thinks that because of all the tragic e…

Readings Notes - Part A of Sita Sings the Blues

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For this weeks reading, I decided to watch Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley from Youtube. The story is told by a narrator that is deciding whether the Ramayana is true or not. There is also a story within the movie about Nina and her boyfriend, Dave. The story starts with talk about King Dasharatha's life. He has three wives and four sons just like the Public Domain Edition of Ramayana. Queen Kaikeyi, a wife of King Dasharatha, makes Dasharatha exile Rama. Dasharatha dies from grief. Sita is a simp over Rama and goes into exile as well, regardless of the Rama's warning of the rakshasas. The narrators begin to talk about the story of how Ravana stole Sita. Many people say Ravana was a good king, but people also compare him to Mogambo, a Hindi film villain. A short legend told about Ravana right after this was about Ravana playing the veena (lute) for Shiva with his intestines since he was so devoted to Shiva himself. The string broke while playing a song, so he used his own …

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This image shows Dasaratha saying goodbye to Rama after he's been banished for fourteen years. The image was found in the image library for MLLL-4993, but can be found at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Week 4 Lab - The Semicolon

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For my Story Laboratory this week I decided to watch TedEd Videos. The most interesting video I watched was How to use a semicolon by Emma Bryce. I decided to choose this specific assignment for Story Laboratory because it would be extremely useful for this class. The semicolon is a punctuation mark that is "stronger than a comma and less final than a period," according to Emma Bryce. It has particular and major tasks. The first one is to make a sentence filled with many commas more clear, thus clarifying ideas.A semicolon separates ideas, but also builds connections between them because they all relate to the same main thing.The second task of the semicolon is to tie together independent clauses, which are sentences that can stand on their own. Semicolons make these short independent clauses look and sound better because once again, they are related in some way. If a paper was written using simple independent clauses then the writing would be perceived as monotonous. Accor…

Reading Notes for Week 4 - Part D

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Part D starts with the creation of Rama's bridge. Rama knew he would need to cross the ocean in an attempt to reach Lanka after Hanuman leaped there using his superpowers. He began to perform sacrifices to get the attention of the God of Ocean. None of the sacrifices worked. Angrily, he began to shoot arrows with his bow and celestial weapons into the water. The sea got angry as well and darkness came about with lightning and thunder. Rama threatened to dry up the sea. After these numerous attempts, God of the Ocean rose above the water telling Rama to find help from Nala, son of Vishwakarman, the divine artisan, to help innovate a bridge that would let everyone across. The God vanished back into the waters immediately. A green body, Nala, assisted by his workmen, made rocky islands between the land they are on and Lanka. The bridge is now called "Rama's Bridge." Now that Lanka is accessible to Rama, it was time for his next step towards his beloved Sita. The earth …

Week 4 - Reading Notes over Part C of PDE Ramayana

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The story of the Ramayana continues as Rama is still exiled and is traveling with Lakshmana. As strangers in an unusual territory, Rama and Lakshmana were approached by a Hanuman disguised as a beggar. Sugriva and Hanuman wanting to find out who the strangers were on their territory and what their reason is for coming. After Hanuman asked them questions, neither Rama or his brother gave a response. The beggar ended up revealing himself as Hanuman. Hanuman convinced Rama and his brother of his identity and took them all to Sugriva after Rama explained to him what they were doing in the Lake Country. After Rama explains to Hanuman his recent events, Hanuman begins to explain Sugriva's story as well. He also lost his wife and lost his kingdom to a brother. More on Sugriva's story. Vali and Sugriva are in battle with an Enemy. The enemy ran into a cave and Vali instructed Sugriva to stay at the mouth of the Cave until his return. Sugriva did just that for an entire year. Sugriva …