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Extra Credit Reading Notes

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Epified: Mahabharata
Part C
Karna's Quest: Karna was a boy who was found floating in a basket in a river. He went to go to find Drona to be taught to fight, but was denied because he wasn't a kshatriya. Even though he was, he didn't want to dishonor his family by telling Drona he was. He found a different guru who was willing to teach him.
The Kshatriya: Karna was taught by Parashuram, he told him he wasn't a Kshatriya, but a Brahmin. He become one of the Parashuram's best students. Parashuram eventually found out Karna was a Kshatriya, and put a curse on him that the day Karna needed his skills the most, he would forget them.
Karna Becomes King: A tournament was organized so the cousins could display the skills they were taught. Karna appeared during this tournament to challenge Arjuna. Karna was refused the title of victor because he wasn't invited to the tournament. The Pandavas challenged Karna to a battle to prove their strength. Karna would have to be of roy…

Extra Credit Reading Notes

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Epified: Mahabharata 
Part B
Son of the Sun: When Kunti was a young woman, she was given a gift by the sage Durwasa. When she spoke a mantra, the Sun God appeared before her. Not only did she summon the god, but she was in his embrace. She had a son but she couldn't keep him or claim him as her son, so she placed him in a basket and placed him a river.
Pandu's Curse: Pandu and his wives decide to go to the forest. Pandu made a mistake while hunting in the woods, and accidentally shot a hermit and his wife while they were intimate. The hermit placed a curse on Pandu that he will die the moment he becomes intimate with a woman. Pandu decides to not return to Hastinapur. Kunti told Pandu about the gift from the sage. Pandu tells Kunti to waste no time and give Hastinapur its future kings.
Sons of Pandu: Kunti called upon Yama first, and gave her a son named Yudhishthir. Then Kunti had a son with Vayu named Bheem. The last son was from Indra and was named Arjun. Kunti refused to use …

Extra Credit Reading Notes

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Epified: Mahabharata
Part A

Shantanu the Unfortunate: Shantanu fell in love with Ganga and she made him promise not to question any of her decisions. As Ganga continued to throw each of their children in the Ganges he couldn't stay silent and asked why. Ganga was supposed to birth the eight celestial spirits and free them from morality. After she told him, she took the eighth child and left Shantanu.
Devavrata Returns: When Shantanu was back on the Ganges one day, he found a mighty archer. Then Ganga appeared and she told him the archer was his son, Devavrat. Shantanu brought his son back to his kingdom with him. Shantanu eventually fell in love with Satyavati, but her father didn't want them to marry since Shantanu already had a child. Devavrat left to talk to Satyavati after seeing his father's sadness.
Devavrate Becomes Bhishma: Devavrat went to Satyavati's father and offered to never take the throne and never have a child of his own so his father could marry Satyavati…

Reading Notes: Nine Ideal Indian Women Part B

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Nine Ideal Indian Women by Sunity Devee

Uttara

Uttara was the princess and pride of the kingdom of Birat. She was taught singing and dancing by Arjun who was disguised as a woman. Uttara leaves with the Pandavas to become the wife of Abhimanyu. Uttara and Abhimanyu were very in love. She was devastated when she found out that Abhimanyu had become the general for the Pandavas. She reluctantly agreed to let him fight in the battle, and helped him get ready for battle. When she went to tell Subhadra the news, she fell to the ground lifeless. Uttara was motivated to get up when she remembered she is supposed to have Abhimanyu's son. Abhimanyu dies as he cries his wife's name. When Uttara found out about Abhimanyu's death, she fainted. Uttara begs to be able to join her husband, but the whole family encourages her to stay strong and have faith. Even after her son was born, she wanted to do a funeral pyre. Krishna tells her that she can't because she has a son who needs to be…

Reading Notes: Nine Ideal Indian Women Part A

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Nine Ideal Indian Women by Sunity Devee

Savitri

Savitri is the only child of the king and queen of Abanti. She sees a man in the forest and falls in love with him. She met an old blind man and his wife and discovered that the man she fell in love with was their son. The old blind man they had met turned out to be an exiled king. Savitri's parents didn't approve of her marrying Satyaban. King Ashwapati discoveries that Satyaban is destined to die in a years time. When Savitri finds out, she still insists on marrying Satyaban. Once married, Savitri and Satyaban join his parents in exile, which upsets Ashwapati. Satyaban died while he was getting wood with Savitri. As Death takes Satyaban's body away, Savitri tries to convince Death to either give her husband life again or take her as well. Death tells her he cant, but he offers to grant her a wish instead, so she gets her father-in-law sight. She continues to follow Death until he grants her another wish, which is giving her …

Tech Tip: Twine

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For my Week 11 Tech Tip, I wanted to learn about Twine. I read someone's project who had used twine and became interested about what it was. I think the way it has been used in project's makes the stories interesting and really creative! To my surprise, Twine was really simple to use. I think twine would be really fun to use for a story in the future.
Choose your own adventure with Twinery (Flickr)

Tech Tip: Google Timer

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For this weeks tech tip, I learned about the Google timer. I struggle to manage my time well and find myself putting in way too much time into one subject because I lose track of time. This causes me to focus only on one subject and neglect my other tasks for the day. Also, I think it will help know when I should take study breaks. I think I read somewhere that the most effective studying is done by studying for 45 minutes then taking a 5 minute break. I think I'm going to use this timer when I study to improve my time management.
Timer (Wikimedia)