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Week 4 Microfiction: Indian demigods meet Percy Jackson

100 Word Story :Percy staggered through the forest until he came upon an unfamiliar sight. Appearing before him was a camp almost exactly like Camp-Half Blood. As he entered the gates, he was met by many demigods. They introduced themselves as sons and daughters of Hindu gods and how excited they were to meet Poseidon's son. Soon the headmaster of the camp, Guru Venkaswami approached Percy. He had asked Percy to arrive to the camp, so that he could join forces in their fight against the fearsome Rakshi. Together Percy and Rahul, son of Indra, would attempt to defeat the evil demon.
Two sentence story:Percy Jackson arrived to the Hindu Demigod Camp in need of assistance. Rahul, son of Indra, and Percy would travel together to defeat the Rakshi demon. 
Sources: There was no particular source for this story other than my previous readings of Percy Jackson and Indian stories. 
Author's Note: I am a big Percy Jackson fan, so I thought it would be cool to introduce the story to Hindu m…
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Week 13 Mahabharata: Part E Epified Mahabharata Videos

Part E of the Epified Mahabharata videos followed upon the gambling match that I was so looking forward to watching in Part D. I do feel bad for Draupadi was given away as if she was nothing. It is unfortunate and wrong that in previous times as well in other cultures how women were often more considered as property rather than humans. Also the fact that Pandavas were exiled over a gambling match is still so puzzling to me, but I will leave my confusion over the gambling match on that point. Part E also finally brought forth the ending of the Mahabharata. I forgot how Arjun had to procure the celestial weapons of Shiva in order to defeat the Kauravas. Now we all know how great of a bowman Arjun was already, so when you give him Shiva's bow, you kind of know already that Kauravas had no chance. Another aspect of the story that I am not sure was in the Mahabharata was how Indra taught Arjun how to use the lightning bolt. This reminds me of Greek mythology and Zeus, specifically the …

Week 13 Mahabharata: Part D Epified Mahabharata Videos

After seeing the storylines in Part D of the Epified Mahabharata videos, I was really excited to see one of my favorite and most intriguing plot within the epic was being illustrated: the gambling match. I remember reading this story in the Mahabharata and was throughout confused as to why the gambling match was considered to be so important. To me it is almost unbelievable that Yudhishthir would be willing to bet all of his belongings and even his wife to the Kauravas. Additionally, why would declining to participate in a gambling match mean so much to the Pandavas? I do not really understand why so much honor is placed on a gambling match, which is ultimately based on luck then really skill like fighting. It seems as if the Pandavas were always destined to have the lower hand in whatever they did against the Kauravas, but I guess since they win in the end, it really does not matter. I also wonder how Shakuni was able to deceive the game. Did he count cards or were his dice cheated?…

Week 12 Storylab Microfiction Revision: Bhima and the Tigers

Old: Duryodhana was very much jealous of Bhima's victories and strength.Thus he developed a plan. One night he poisoned Bhima's food and threw Bhima's now passed-out body into the jungle. What Duryodhana did not know was that the Khan, the great king of the tiger, had seen his dirty actions and rescued Bhima. He called upon his fellow tigers to bring Bhima to their kingdom so they could save him.  The tigers gathered and prayed to Parvati to return Bhima. Soon Bhima woke up, but this time with the strength of a 1000 tigers. He returned victoriously back to the kingdom.

New: Duryodhana was jealous of Bhima's victories and strength so developed plan.  That night he poisoned Bhima and threw Bhima's body into the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. 
However, soon came the great king of the tigers, Khan and his human friend Mowgli. The two set out a plan to save Bhima. 
With the help of Akela the wolf and Bagheera the panther, Khan and Mowgli made a potion to revive Bhima. They s…

Week 12 Mahabharata: Part D Epified Mahabharata Videos

Part D of the Epified Mahabharata Videos illustrated one of my favorite parts of the epic, when Arjun won Draupadi. It is amazing to me how marriages were based on these challenges, such as the one we saw when reading Ramayana and how Rama won Sita. Another detail of the video that I enjoyed was remembering that Arjun was a Brahmin and not a Kshatriya. To me Arjun is one of the most fierce and brave warriors in the Mahabharata, so I have to remember his origins as a Brahmin and not the warrior class. This role he had came back to bite him when he helped the Brahmin whose cattle was stolen. Again, it is difficult to wrap my mind around a wife being the wife of all those brothers, but I also understand it is necessary for the plot line. If not, Arjuna would have never been exiled. It was unfortunate to see Arjun get punished for trying to do something helpful by finding the thieves, however, something that I have seen in Indian epics is that if a curse or boon is broken, then it is bind…

Week 12 Mahabharata: Part C Epified Mahabharata Videos

For my Week 12 free reading choice, I chose to pick up on the Epified Mahabharata videos that I watched earlier this year. I remember the videos as being quite interesting with detailed illustrations, so I wanted to see how the story carried on with Part C. Additionally, the Mahabharata was perhaps my favorite story to read this year, so it was an easy decision to watch the Epified videos. It was an adjustment at first because I had to remember the storyline that I had left off earlier, but it was not difficult after watching some of the previous videos in Part A and Part B. The first few videos on Part C really reminded me how important roles were in Indian society. Karna had much difficulty in finding a teacher to teach him how to fight as they all demanded to know if he was of Kshatryia (warrior) class or not. I do know that case systems are banned in India today, but the effects still continue to linger on. However, class and roles disparity is something we can see across the worl…

Week 11 Story: David the Marksman

Now David was the best marksman of all the men in the kingdom. Whether it was from a 1000 meters away to a close range shot, David he could hit all targets. Yet, he was consistently denied from serving in the army. You see, he was a short man and thus did not meet the physical requirements to be a standing officer and soldier in the army. One day David was out target practicing when he noticed an imposing man cutting down trees. As he observed the giant man, he knew this was his opportunity to join the army. He would ask the man to join the army and if David could be his squire. There was no way he would refuse. An army job was the best job as it meant weekly pay, food, and housing. David approached the tall man and learned his name was Goliath. Goliath was susceptible at first, but then quickly agreed after hearing all of the benefits it entailed. Together they traveled to the king's place so they could enlist the soldiers. Standing before the king, they offered their services a…