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Week 6 Story: Toto and the Mountain

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Dorothy and the gang travel to the Emerald City to seek out the Wizard of Oz, each with something in mind they so desperately want. The Wicked Witch of the West watching, all so mindful, is hellbent to stop the ruby slipper wearing ginger and her band of misfits.

"Oh how I cant wait to return to my beautiful Kansas farm, we may not be able to grow crops due to all the tornado's but still: there's no place like home." Dorothy gleefully stated as they skipped in unison. 
"Well if you can't grow crops then what do your scarecrows have to defend?" asked Scarecrow. 
"Well, you see all of our scarecrows ended up as firewo-" 
"POPPIES!" interrupts Lion.
"Oh they're beautiful!" exclaims Dorothy.
"Now this is a field worth guarding" Scarecrow states impressed.
"-And there is the Emerald City! We are so close, let us not get distracted by the poppies and move forward!" shouts the ever so goal-oriented Tin Man.


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Reading : Mahabarata Part A

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There is a  goddess named Ganga of the Ganges. Eight vasus are cursed to be born as humans. Ganga willing to help tells them they must each sacrifice 1/8 of their power to her son and they agree. She meets and marries king Shantanu and asks him to never question her or she will leave. As the vasus' are born to her one by one she casts them into the river Ganges to die and return to celestial form. The eighth is born and the king attempts to stop her so she leaves, but before she goes she explains it all. She later returns with a son for the king and names him Devavrata. King Shantanu in his old age lusts after Satyavati, a girl born of a great bhramin and a fish, but is not blessed to marry her because the King will not denounce Devavrata as heir and refuses to give any son born unto Satyavati the throne. Devavrata renounces his claim so that his father may marry Satyavati. She gave birth to two sons who ruled in succession one after the other, the first dying in battle and the se…

Reading Notes: Ancestors of Rama

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Dilipa and Sudakshina were sad for they had no children. So they decide to visit a sage. Apparently, they passed a divine cow named Surabhi and she cursed them to never have kids for not paying their respects to her. The sage tells them they must serve Nandini the divine cow's daughter. So every day Sudakshina worshipped Nandini and then brought her into the forest who was then watched over by Dilipa; at the end of each day Nandini was brought back out of the forest to Sudakshina. One day to test Dilipa a lion attacks Nandini, the lion says he's guarding a tree for the gods and Nandini trespassed so she must die. Dilipa begs the lion to take his life instead of Nandini's. It ended up being an illusion created by Nandini. Nandini blessed the for Dilipa's actions with a son which they named Raghu. Raghu grows up to be a mighty prince and warrior. Dilipa is trying to perform 100 sacrifices and Indra is determined to keep the title solely for himself, so he goes invisible …

Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues

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I decided to watch Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley. I wanted to get a good visualization of it all in my head. I loved how she used the Ramayana and incorporated these hilarious narrators. The entire time three narrators are trying to make sense and recount what happened, they sometimes get it wrong and quickly forget themselves. They are also quick to point out where the Ramayana contradicts itself and they laugh about it saying do not challenge these texts. They add a very comical dialogue and do a great job retelling these epics. The musical accompaniment is truly perfect. The creator used 50's style jazz love ballets and they fit ever so seamlessly into the storyline and plot. So many times does Sita sing for Rama for him to save her or that he's "knocking at the door" Nina Paley did an incredible job with this music selection. It's funny how this entire story has a comical side, from the animation to the narrators to even the music. I truly enjoyed this r…

Storybook Plan

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It's all about Hanuman baby!

Introduction: the wonderful legend of Mount Mainaka
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I will be expanding into the stories of the 3 Demonesses:
Surasa: Ref Simhika: Ref Lankini: Ref
I am excited to see how this storybook takes shape around my good friend Hanuman! To see it in all it's glory via Hanuman's own personal account click here:
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Week 4: Toto and the Mountain

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Dorothy and the gang travel to the Emerald City to seek out the Wizard of Oz, each with something in mind they so desperately want. The Wicked Witch of the West watching, all so mindful, is hellbent to stop the ruby slipper wearing ginger and her band of misfits.

"Oh how I cant wait to return to my beautiful Kansas farm, we may not be able to grow crops due to all the tornado's but still: there's no place like home." Dorothy gleefully stated as they skipped in unison. 
"Well if you can't grow crops then what do your scarecrows have to defend?" asked Scarecrow. 
"Well, you see all of our scarecrows ended up as firewo-" 
"POPPIES!" interrupts Lion.
"Oh they're beautiful!" exclaims Dorothy.
"Now this is a field worth guarding" Scarecrow states impressed.
"-And there is the Emerald City! We are so close, let us not get distracted by the poppies and move forward!" shouts the ever so goal-oriented Tin Man.


Watchin…