Blog #4: Story/ Legend and Poem

The legend I read was a tale of the goddess Durga. I became interesting in her because of the book I read. In Tiger’s Curse, she is the main mentor and over all helper through out the entire story. I decided to read about how she came to be. The legend starts out with Durga, a fragile girl who’s village is dying. There is no clean water or enough food. Like any good story, Durga leave’s on a quest to save her village. On that adventure she meet’s dragons, sorcerers and trolls that both help and hinder her progress. As she moves forward she becomes stronger and more confident. In the end she win’s a large battle, is awarded a tiger as a stead and immortality by the god’s, as long as she promises to help those on quest’s such as hers.

I really enjoyed the imagery in this piece. It’s words created an incredible picture of a broken down and old India. It is what made you root for Durga, because the place she comes from is so awful and bleak. But I personally love the descriptions of were the god’s are. It is beautiful and interesting. “The place around them looked of silk, and a necklace made of diamonds, and a crown jewel that shone like a thousand suns to the very end of the earth.” It uses things we know to prove the beauty of the place they were in. The syntax is what made it easy to understand. The sentences were short and to the point. I believe the theme in this piece was that anyone can do anything if it is for a just cause. And even though people a long the path can help and hurt you, your determination is what decides the consequences. This piece talks of classic India religion, temple’s, music and community. through the story you could see the over all good attitudes and joy of it’s people.

 

My poem is quite the different story. It is very depressing and show’s the hardship throughout the Muslim religion. It is a piece about the caste, as mentioned in my new’s article, and how those on the lower end of it get ignored. It start’s with the phrase “He threw me away like a clod of the earth.” It show’s the hardship of being looked down upon because of how much money you have. The word choice in this poem is what draws me. It uses metaphor and simile to create the feeling of nothingness. “Each time some fragment broke-off, some of my being would break off with it.” This show’s the opposite of the Durga story. The heartbreak and depression of the caste, and there seems no end in sight.

Post #3: News Article

In my article, it talks of what they call “eternal inequality”. When I first saw this article, I assumed it meant between man and woman. However, it is actually between religious classes. In the Muslim religion, people are sorted into classes based off their financial situation. There are incredibly unfair rules to follow between classes. For example, in my article a family could not clear a man’s plate from the table because he is in a lower “caste” as it is called. In fact, they were on the verge of breaking rules just by serving him dinner.

I think this is an issue in India because if you are born poor, there is no way to walk back up. You stay poor the rest of your life. That creates incredibly difficult situations on people because they can’t get jobs, and those higher up aren’t allowed to help. How can those born with not enough money survive and thrive in a community that looks down among them. In the article it states that India is starting to undermine, or ignore, the caste. This is good news because it could lead to less corrupt leader, more opportunities to those who aren’t given them, and a sense of kinship among the community.

Post #2: Background Information

India is somewhere that is used in many area’s of pop culture. It can be featured in music, movies and television shows. However, I think the media fails to show what India really is like. Through the good and the bad, India is a very beautiful country with an incredible culture. Though it also can be one of the most dangerous. India has a population of 1.3 billion people. Compared to the United States population of 318.9 billion it seems quite small. Although, when you visit it, there are large crowds of people everywhere you go. The prominent language in India is Hindi. It is a beautiful language to hear and see, a lot of the population speak English as well. Not only is that the majorities language, it is also their religion. Hinduism is the belief of many different major powers and ways of life. Unlike other religions, there is no single founder, scripture or belief. Hinduism is the belief in believing. I think that is very interesting, that you can just believe there is something out there, and live a good life. That is part of the reason I love India, is because it believes in a good life, and good people.  

Post #1: Introduction

Welcome to Into India! On this blog we will learn more about the beautiful country that is India, and it’s intriguing culture. I selected this country because through the years I have grown to love it. It started when I read a book called Tigers Curse. The description of the beautiful and welcoming environment made me fall in love. I would expect to explore the religion and reasoning behind some of India’s top tourist sights. I hope to learn more about the language and home life of the people. Things like, what is the average family size, and what is the average financial situation? I hope through this research I will be able to learn more than I could ever hope for.