Rajput, राजपूत, راجپوت.

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Being from a Rajput family is something I find intriguing, as we descend from the lineages of warriors and kings. However, it is also complex because we are expected to follow a lot of rules. Thus, in this blog post, I would like to define what my family background is and educate people about Rajputs.

Background Info on the Rajput Ancestry

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Rajputi Warrior Armour.

Rajput means King`s Son in Hindi/Urdu as an originally Sanskrit word. Rajput’s are ranked as being Kshatriyas (Warriors/Rulers) on the Varna/Indian caste system. The actual origins of the Rajputs are unknown and disputed. Nevertheless, through Indian mythology, it is believed that we are descended through the lineages of Hindu mythological creatures/individual. However, historical evidence presents that, the Rajputs were the descendants of the 6th-century invaders, like the Hephthalites, who were from central Asia and intermixed with the local Indian population to become the Rajput caste. Finally, some chief’s Indian groups also came to identify as Rajputs.

Once the Rajput caste emerged, the caste began to practise endogamous intermarriages (marrying within the Rajput caste but into different clans). Rajputs abided this principle during wars with men committing saka, wherein they would fight the enemy to their last breath and women committing jauhar by enveloping themselves in the fire to avoid becoming slaves of the enemy.    By the 7th century, Rajput started to emerge as great/successful political leaders, kings and warriors through the region of North India (especially the region of Rajputana or modern Rajasthan). This pattern is continued today, where Rajput are included as important political leaders and high-ranking army or government officials of South Asian countries. Finally, in today’s, modern democratic republics of India and Pakistan, the kings and rulers have only become a hereditary figureheads/ symbols of the past and the South Asian culture, as the current governments are elected via democratic voting.

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The Handprints of the Women Committing Jauhar.
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Rajput Fort !!!
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A Modern Rajput Couple !!!

Being from a fully blooded Rajput family, the first thing that comes to my mind is the motto of Aan, Ban, Shan. In English, the motto means, pride, wealth and honour. In Rajputi, Aan or pride is vital, because we feel pride in our ancestor’s achievement of being able to rule and protect the motherland. We also are our proud of our rich heritage along with the impact it has had on the North Indian and Pakistani culture. Next, Ban is a word that means wealth. However, I don’t believe that it only refers to the material wealth of Rajput’s owning gold/jewels, land and property, and having lots of money. It also refers to how, Rajputs are wealthy of loyalty, pride, honour, chivalry, physical and emotional strength. Finally, Shan means honour, which is huge for Rajputs, because we value our traditions, and adhere to our strict niyam or rules to fulfil our obligations. Finally, our niyam/rules tend to vary depending on the regions/society we live in. However, Rajputs are mainly required to live with keeping our motto of Aan, Ban, Shan in mind and are encouraged to try to live a respectable life in which, we can do good for the universe and humanity.

To conclude this, post off, I would like to add the Rajputi culture is very rich. This is because, we include the customs and traditions of respecting/protecting women, giving presents to each other during weddings and important ceremonies, respecting others, training ourselves in martial arts, and finally, continue to remain a distinct group by marrying into our Rajput caste.

Image Credits and Attributions: Mariam RanaRajput ImageRajput Warrior Armour & Article on Jauhar 

Works Cited

  1. Bundela, H S et al. “Rajput | Indian History”. Encyclopedia Britannica.2017.Web. 6 Feb. 2017 . <https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rajput&gt;.

My Experience at Story Arts So Far !!!

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Being a student, can be a rewarding experience and at times challenging. I have been very fortunate to be learning from an institution, where the faculty are very supporting and dedicated to helping succeed students.

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PR Textbooks.
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Mural on Media Communications !!!

In my first semester of college, I had a very diverse course selection of subjects like English, Intro to PR, Intro to Media, Intro to Business, and Intro to Marketing. While I enjoyed all the courses, I found certain courses like marketing and English to be more of a struggle, as naturally, I am not an incredibly great writer, and I find marketing to be a difficult discipline to comprehend due to the extensive amount of theories. Secondly, through the intro to PR course, I learned more about what PR is, and I got to discover the different tactics and strategies used in PR. I also liked the media course, because it had a lot of interesting media theories that I had never thought about and was an exciting course on how media is used in today`s world. Finally, I found the business class fun, because I learned in depth about the distinct types of businesses in the world and new business strategies. Finally, despite having some ups and downs in my classes, I successfully passed all my classes along with a high GPA (Grade Point Average).

While I enjoyed my classes and academically did well, I found that socially I didn’t have a very positive experience. This is because, I was purposely excluded, and treated with negative attitudes/behavior. Overall, there was a toxic environment created, that is still continued to this day, despite my efforts in trying to be a respectful and friendly person. This is somewhat detrimental to me because, I came from a high school where despite having differences and conflicts, there was a friendly environment. As well being an extroverted and social individual, I wanted to have a healthy social environment in a new place and create good personal relationships. However, unfortunately, things didn’t work out and alas socially speaking, I only have good working relationships with certain individuals.

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Eye-catching Social Media Mural !!!

In this upcoming second semester, I have another set of new courses like, Organizational behaviour, Intro to Social Media, Writing for PR 1, Business Law, and Statistics. Tbh, I am excited about taking a class in social media, as I am an avid user of social media. I mean, most people nowadays are avid social media user, because that’s how we get most of our worldly information from, and it helps us to communicate/stay connected with people. As well, through the social media course, I am interested in learning how social media use of everyday people affects business and how companies use social media, as significant figures are using social media to become more successful. Secondly, I am excited to be taking organizational behaviour because I enjoy how the course deals and carefully examines the conduct of people in organizations, and how motivation, is necessary. Another thing I like about the organizational behaviour class is that we get to explore personality traits and how employers nurture self-concepts of their employees. Thirdly, I am excited to be taking the business law class, as I would like to see how the law and business are interconnected. I would additionally like to learn about how some of the laws affect ethics in business. Finally, I am a bit nervous for statistics, which is a course we must take due to our program being a management program. I am nervous because while I am good at math, I don’t like to do so much of it. Once again, I am very nervous for PR writing due to my weaker skill of writing, but I think that this course will be helpful in improving my writing skills and I look forward to seeing how writing is a fundamental aspect of public relations.

To conclude this off, I would like to add that I hope to do well this semester, learn some more new things and make some great memories.

Image Credits: Mariam Rana