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Reading Notes A: Ramayana by Sister Nivedita

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Bibliography: Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists: Ramayana by Sister Nivedita. 1914.
Sister Nivedita's version of the Ramayana is much different than the public domain version of the Ramayana that we read last week. This version includes more detail and dialogue, but is also condensed as it only includes the necessary information and details. However, one thing that I liked about the PDE Ramayana were the small summaries at the beginning which would help give you an idea of what was going on. In this version there are no breaks between the stories and it all blends seamlessly. I found this version harder to read as the vernacular was a bit harder to understand than the PDE version but since I knew the gist of each story it was not too hard to understand. Overall, I really liked this version of the Ramayana everything flowed together really well. 

Storybook Plan

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I will be doing my storybook about Indra and his various adventures and stories. I will mainly focus on how Indra became king of heaven, his fall from grace, and redemption story. So far, I have three stories I want to look at:  Indra and Vritra: Indra defeats Vritra, a demon who wrecks havoc, and is crowned king of heaven, but this does not last for long.Indra and the Ants: After Indra defeated the demon he wanted a huge palace to commerate his great feat, so he told the architect of heaven to design him a great palace. But whatever design he came up with did not satisfy Indra. Bhrama saw this and decided that Indra needed to be punished so set a trial for Indra which would make him repent.  Indra and Shachi: During this time, someone else had to rule Svarga with Indra gone so Nahusha took the throne, but none of the gods liked his rule and Shachi, Indra's wife, begged him to come back and defeat Nahusha, which Indra did and became the king of Svarga again.

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Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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Rama on Indra's Chariot
Bibiography: Ramayana, Various Authors, Public Domain Edition As Rama attacks Ravana tries to deceive Sita by making illusions that show the death of Rama and Lakshama.A fierce battle occurs between the two armies with countless casualties on both sides. Hanuman uses his leaping power to get to the Himalayas and takes the mountain top back to Lanka to heal all of the monkeys, bringing them back to life.Lakshmana defeats Indrajit, Ravana's son, This makes Ravana furious and he almost kills Sita in anger, but the rakshakas prevent this so he would not dishonor himself.Ravana almost slays Lakshmana but Hanuman uses the herbs to heal him. As the gods watch the battle between the army Indra gives Rama his chariot and his personal chariot driver Matali.Rama receives advice from the sage Agastya, and performs rituals and curries the favor of the gods.He receives a weapon from Brahma and uses it to slay Ravana.To prove her love to Rama Sita undergoes a trial by f…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part C

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Sugriva and Rama Bibiography: Ramayana, Various Authors, Public Domain Edition Rama and Lakshama meet Hanuman, who quickly sees how righteous Rama is and we learn that he will be one of Rama's most devoted followers.Rama learns of Sugriva who was also exiled from his kingdom by his brother, Vali. Rama and Sugriva are very similar characters as they both got exiled from their respective kingdoms, due to betrayal from their family.Rama kills Vali, but does it in a dishonorable way by setting up an ambush.This is the most unrighteous act we see Rama do so far.Maybe setting up some character development?
After the rainy season ends, Sugriva helps Rama find Sita by sending out monkey armies and locates her in Lanka.Hanuman travels to Lanka to find Sita, and searches the whole city until he finds her in a grove of Ashoka trees.At first, Sita thinks Hanuman is deceiving her but he shows her the ring Rama gave him. Hanuman is captured by a rakshaka, and as punishment Ravana burns his tail. H…

Feedback Strategies

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback    This is the first article I read and it was very eye opening to me, as it said to focus more on "process praise" which is the effort that was put into the action, instead of "person praise" which praises just a characteristic of the person. The article goes on to say that the good feedback is encouraging, helpful, and specific. So, instead of just saying "good job", say "I liked how you incorporated X into your story, but I wish you could clear up Y about Z". This way the person receiving the feedback is not bogged down by the negative, but instead is motivated by the new ideas they have to better their work.
How to Provide Great Feedback when You're Not in Charge    This article is very unique because it teaches us that there are three types of feedback: appreciation, advice, and evaluation. All three types of feedback are used in specific scenarios. Appreciation is used to motivate people, advic…

Topic Research: Indra

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I am still set on doing a storybook about Indra the of Svarga, or heaven. He is also the god of storms and lighting and is known for his feat of defeating Vritra, a demon who terrorized the world. After Indra defeated the demon he wanted a huge palace to commerate his great feat, so he told the architect of heaven to design him a great palace. But whatever design he came up with did not satisfy Indra. Bhrama saw this and decided that Indra needed to be punished so set a trial for Indra which would make him repent. During this time, someone else had to rule Svarga with Indra gone so Nahusha took the throne, but none of the gods liked his rule and Shachi, Indra's wife, begged him to come back and defeat Nahusha, which Indra did and became the king of Svarga again.    The three stories I have chosen are the ones above:
Indra and Vritra
Indra and the Ants
Indra and Shachi