Monday, January 26

Today is Monday. Week 2 is now over... and Week 3 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 2 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is again Classical or Biblical stories, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing Narayan's Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Monday, I will have a HUGE bunch of assignments in the Stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 8AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will then start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in. Please do not go on to the Week 3 Project assignment until you get Week 2 comments back from me (and the same is true for those of you who have turned in Week 3 or Week 4 assignments - please do not go on to the next Storybook assignment until you get my comments). I'll be updating the stack as I make my way through the assignments!

Late Storybooks. Each week, the Project assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late for partial credit. Since I cannot get all the Projects returned immediately, you can turn in the Project assignment late for partial credit. If you want full credit (10 points) you must turn the Storybook in over the weekend or during the grace period on Monday morning. If you turn it in late, you can receive partial credit, as follows: on Monday after noon for 8 points; on Tuesday, 7 points; on Wednesday, 6 points. If you turn the Storybook assignment in on Thursday before noon, you can receive up to 5 points. No late Storybook assignments will be accepted after noon on Thursday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Words: Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun. This charming video from NPR features a fun song about the people whose names became nouns: sandwiches, leotards, shrapnel, and more!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are NAVAL and NAVEL. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Brahmazing Race. Brahma is your host for the "Brahmazing Race" in which Team Dharma (Rama and Sita) and Team Asura (Ravana and Surpanakha) compete for the big prize. The race ranges all over India, with the teams facing geographical challenges and epic challenges at each stop.

FREE eBook: Nine Ideal Indian Women by Sunity Devee. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, and students in Indian Epics will already be familiar with one of the women who is included: Sita!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The birth of a golden deer is impossible; nevertheless, Rama longed for the chase (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying from the Sanskrit Hitopadesha.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana living in exile in the forest, with leaves for their clothes!

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a piano recital by Stephanie Shames at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall at Catlett Music Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 26: Republic Day. On this day in 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force, making India officially a "Republic," and so January 26 is celebrated as "Republic Day" in India. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia. Each year on Indian Republic Day, heroes of the nation are celebrated. One of the heroes who has been honored as a hero of the nation on this day is the environmental activist, Sundarlal Bahuguna, a member of the Chipko movement which is fighting to preserve the forests in the Himalayas. The image shows Sundarlal Bahuguna standing in front of a painting that depicts his meeting with the Dalai Lama (source):

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.