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Reading: Part A

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The story that fascinated me the most from this section of reading is of Parashurama. This deity of Vishnu holds a special place in my heart because of a legend related to his axe. I grew up in the South Canara region of the western coast in India. It is believed that Parashurama threw his battle axe into the ocean for the waters to retract. Hence, this region came to be known as "Parashurama Shristi"- meaning that it is immune from natural disasters. So much so that it is believed to have protected the region from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.Parashurama holds a significant yet controversial place in Hindu mythology. Lord Vishnu presumed this avatar to end injustice from the Kshatriyas ( warrior class ). He went on a spree where he defeated every Kshatriya he faced in battle. Throughout his lifetime, he held a grudge against Kshatriyas in general. He went as far as cursing his student Karna, when he found out that the latter had lied about being a Brahmin(priest class). T…

Reading Notes: Week 2 Anthology

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The Story I picked for the week's reading is of a cunning Jackal. It taunts people that don't give a second thought before helping people. In this story, a poor Brahmin makes the mistake of letting a Tiger out of the cage after it promises to not hurt him. When the Tiger is let out, it threatens to eat the man. He pleads to others around- a tree, a buffalo and the road (odd choice). They tell him not to complain and imply that the world isn't fair to them either. It is a social commentary of sorts. Out of no where in the story, a Jackal appears and turns things around. It acts goofy around the Brahman and the Tiger and pretends to not understand the situation.The Tiger eventually gets frustrated and gets in the cage to demonstrate what had happened. The Jackal closes the cage and has the last laugh. I loved this story because I have seen people get stuck in situations while trying to help. Always remember to cover your bases!Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs by John D. B…

Time Strategies

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The articles suggested approaches that I have tried before . However, prioritizing my work is something I need to build on this semester. A major challenge this semester is managing stress because of the circumstances around me. I schedule things to work on but do not finish everything I plan due to stressing out about everything that's remaining. It is a challenge jumping into classes after taking a break from normal life. This week has been better and I've incorporated leisure time into my schedule to deal with the stress. It is certainly necessary to recognise that stress drains you out and makes you unproductive. While I was in India, I would always drive down to the Jain Temple in my town because it put me in a peaceful state of mind. 










Technology Tools make life easier

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I've blogged before but using blogger for this class feels like a personal diary and I love it. I remember using canvas for online classes before and this is an upgrade. The class can feel overwhelming at first due to the amount of material on the class wiki but it is well structured. The tools incorporated in this online environment, lets me be more expressive. Something I look forward to is using Google Sites. I have used Tumblr before but I want to give this a try.Below I have included a picture of the sun dial from Jantar Mantar in Rajasthan, India. I remember visiting this place and being flabbergasted as a kid. This was essentially the only tool that kept track of time before mechanical clocks. Thought it would be apt for this blog post











Class Assignments

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What assignments are you most intrigued by? How is this like/unlike what you have done in other classes? Are there any extra credit options that grab your attention?I am intrigued about the storytelling assignments the most in this class. Including the microfictions extra credit assignment. Since I started performing stand-up comedy, I have incorporated lots of storytelling humour into my sets. The Mahabharata has lots and lots of short stories that reflect a very witty kind of humor. I love the amount of freedom this class gives me to explore those stories. I'm also excited to interact with my fellow classmates through blog comments and project feedback. I definitely relate to the wikipedia trail and will keep an eye on that when I'm browsing in my free time!
I'm hoping that someone gets this meme...

Growth Mindset

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It was interesting to watch the video and learn about the Growth Mindset. I've read about the idea behind the "Growth Mindset" before from people who have preached it. However, looking at it closely gave me a better perspective. I relate to the snake and ladder example from the video and completely agree that effort reflects growth. We all have different skill sets in different areas of study/life but it can be enhanced through practice. Even the most gifted individuals lose their touch. It reminds me of a proverb in Hindi that translates to -"Rusted iron is of no use". I started realizing in high-school that I had an eidetic memory and took it for granted. It hindered my growth until I realised that there is always a way up. No matter where your skill is placed at a particular point in time, you always have the potential to get better. I really enjoy the structure of the class so far and will be looking forward to learn more about the Mahabharata and Ramayana…

Introduction to a Stand-up comedian

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Namaste Everyone ! Sorry for the delay in posting on my blog. This pandemic has been difficult to handle being away from home. Okay jumping straight in ! I grew up in Mangalore, India. It's a coastal town on the west coast of India that has lots of coconut trees and wonderful seafood. The region is particularly diverse, being a traditional trading route with the Arabs through the Arabian Sea. English is an official language in India and perhaps the most common one along with English. However I speak 3 other distinct languages, all of which are essential for life in my region ( Hindi, Kannada and Tulu).With that background in mind, I grew up studying about cultures from all over the world. America fascinated me because it serves as the cradle of globalization. You get the taste of almost every corner of the world here. After high school in India, I decided to move here for College. Stand-up comedy always fascinated me and I had already given it a try in India. It helped me get ove…