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End of semester was just a week apart, we had to combine all our work in a systematic way and prepare ourselves for the final week. We got back our research paper along with the citations, ma’am highlighted the places where we went wrong, this helped us correct our mistakes.

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*Green, John. Looking for Alaska. United States: Dutton Juvenile, 2005, 3.

*Guptal, Suchandana.”Madya Pradesh govt opens mines for all.” Times Of India, November 14, 2017.

Later we spoke about the 15 week, Professor Prarthana told us the importance of layout during a presentation. Ma’am gave us the freedom to use A4 or A3 sheets for the presentation along with the digital art we’ve been developing in our drawing and imaging class. We were given time to thing about the whole layout of our work.

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We started week 13 by talking about theatre of the absurd, Professor Prarthana asked us to recollect what we did from day 1, we touched the topic- the Bushmen of Kalahari, we spoke about their primitive ways of thinking and how the theatre of the absurd was a contrast to that. In theatre of absurd had multiple perspectives for a single idea.

Later we had a deep discussion about Samuel Bechett’s Waiting for Godot, ma’am asked us what we thought Godot meant, so there was a back and fourth rally of different opinions, finally we landed on god and name of a person. We then spoke about The Myth of Sisyphus which is an essay by Albert Camus that talks about his philosophy of absurd and man’s futile search for meaning.

After a long discussion, we went back to our assignments. Professor Prarthana told just what needs to be submitted the following wednesday. We were asked to make our research paper in the following way:

  1. Title paper (date, FYS, name and section)
  2. Citations for the following:
  • 2 book citations
  • 2 newspaper articles
  • 5 image citations
  • 1 youtube citation

Professor Prarthana asked us to submit the following as a physical copy.

Then we were divided into groups of three and asked to read our group mates character descriptions, ma’am asked us to write a 150 word scene where all three characters meet. We were given time to explore our creativity and start thinking about our scene. For the following monday we had to bring a physical copy that had all the four paragraphs under the heading ‘So It Goes’; character description, space description, navigation of character through space and encountering strangers.

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WEEK 11:

We came to class with our research papers and space description ready. Professor Prarthana had sent out a mail with pdfs that had the Chicago manual of style citation format, most people had doubts even after reading the format. So ma’am started the class by explaining citations once again.

Later we were divided into groups of two, each of us read our partners research paper and their footnote citations, we had to carefully analyse their mistakes and help our partner correct them. We also got to discuss our doubts about the citations one on one with ma’am. This helped me find out the citation mistakes I made, I immediately corrected the mistakes.

We were also asked to read out(to our partner) our space descriptions. Ma’am mentioned that our space had to be precise and not more that 150 words, she told us to not repeat things. One main pointer was, the space had to trigger a visual image in the readers mind. When I read out my description, I got a some positive and some negative feedback, my partner found my space very creative and it created a visual image in her head but I repeated the same point more than once. So I edited my description a bit more so it was a lot more precise.

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Studio day was a week apart, so we were given guidelines on how to present our work in a neat and professional format. For our punctuation story book ma’am asked us to use a high gsm paper and we were asked to use matt paper. She also briefed us on the artist statement and how the entire class should have the same layout, font size and font type.

Later we moved on to citations, citations are very important, they provide support or evidence to what you are saying. Chicago Manual Style is used by our college and so we were asked to follow that style of citations. The discussion moved on to archives, archives are a collection of historical documentations or records providing information about a place, institution or group of people. We started mind mapping what we thought archives are.


After this discussion we started talking about different kinds of species and how they play a vital role in the environment. Ma’am told us that our final project was based on species and space. We were asked to write 150 words describing a imaginative space and an animal that can survive in that space.

WEEK 10:

We started class by discussing about the amphibian each of us chose. I had chosen a newt(salamander). They have a lizard like body with a long tail, Newts are one of the most toxic salamanders, when under attack newts secret toxins that can kill a fully grown adult. After a lot of research we were asked to write a 150 word research paper about our amphibian, we had to paraphrase all our learnings into 150 words. Our research paper included the name of the chosen amphibian, an image and footnote citations for the research.

Along with our research paper, each of us had to write 150 words of our imaginary space, it could be any space. We were asked to describe this space in such a way that it creates a visual map for the reader.



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Our project was to come up with ideas for a story based on punctuation marks. We had to make four to five rough drafts. After a lot of research and understanding the purpose and use of different punctuation marks, I was able to come up with four rough drafts.

1. We, the punctuations are the reason behind why grammar society is so peaceful. Grammar society has three major punctuation houses that hold it together, the unstoppables (comma, semicolon, colon, dash and hyphen), stoppables (full stop) and enclosers(brackets, braces and parenthesis, apostrophe, quotation marks and ellipsis). These three houses are the soul reason why grammar society is respected among the mysterious people who use us, we call them monsters(aka humans). They are massive when compared to us, they use us, erase us, make us look ugly, change our identity and throw us in the trash. The punctuation squad makes sure that everyone in the grammar society are taken care of and reduces commotion .

2. A set of punctuations are assigned to each human by the grammar society. These set of punctuations have to fulfil their vow , they have to serve their human until death . One such set was assigned to this man Timothy , the punctuations served him well from letter writing, essays and even text messages. Timothy died of old age, 80 years of service, they served him for 80 years. After his death they were confused, they had never been free before. Follow the exciting story of the punctuation marks being confused and eventually how they start enjoying themselves and visit every corner of grammar world.

3. Opposites attract? Well you have to find out. The love story of full stop and comma is something very complicated. How a fullstop falls in love with another form,  breaking all norms of the punctuation society. Fullstop’s combine to make colon, apostrophe’s combine to make quotation but they join to create something even more spectacular, a semi colon. How is this going to affect the semi colon, no one really likes him, no one knows his purpose, does he know his purpose? Follow them , be a part of their ups and downs. Will they succeed as lovers, as parents?!

4. The missing pilcrow is back now!!! She’s been gone for years now and one day she shows up. How is she still alive, is she immortal, how did she find her way back, where was she gone?! So many questions flood the minds of the grammar society. Detective fullstop takes up the case, will he find out the truth about pilcrow and her absence? Right now its all a blur but continue reading and watch the mystery unwind.

After getting feedback from my faculty, peers and personal choice I decided to take up the first draft and weave it into a final story. Research made me realise that most punctuation marks are used in the wrong situation.









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In week 6 we had a paraphrase peer review session. Each of us had to bring print outs of our paraphrase and exchange the sheet with our peers. We had to carefully analyse the paper and criticise our peers based on:

  1. strengths
  2. weaknesses
  3. grammatical errors and typos
  4. all aspects of the chapter are covered

One we were done reviewing the paper, we gave them a mark out of 10. My strength was identifying motifs and keeping the paraphrase short and neat, weakness was typos and grammatical errors.

This session helped me understand where I’m going wrong and how to improve on my mistakes. After reading the positive and negative feedback on my paraphrase I made a revised one.

Week 7 was poem peer review. While reviewing our peers poem we were asked to look out for usage of words, grammatical errors and typos. It was a very short review session.


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For week 5 we discussed the last chapter of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the third chapter was a very intense one. There was a lot of insight on life and death. Later, we moved on to image abstraction. In week 3 each of us were assigned a person(our seagull), we had to take pictures of that person without their knowledge. At the end of week 4 we had a couple of images, now it was time for the abstraction. We were briefed on how to abstract an image. You have to take an image and crop it in a way that there is one human element but no one should know there is a human element. It was a very interesting session, after trial and error I got a hang of it. I was able to abstract a couple of images. For the coming classes we had to figure out a way to incorporate the abstracted images in our punctuation story