My opinion of the movie (Reluctant Fundamentalist)

I think the movie is ok because it’s so different from the book. There are some similarities but there are so many things that don’t happen in the book that are in the movie. For instance, in the book the mood in the café was calm and the people there were normal. In the movie, however, there was a riot, students were arrested and people were being shot. In my opinion, the director of the movie should have brought more similarities from the book into the movie.

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Summary of the reluctant fundamentalist chapter 8-9

At the beginning of chapter 8, the American is still worried and unease around the waiter. Changez and the American order some food. Changez goes to Erica’s home and talks with her mother. She says that Erica needs stability in her life and that Changez and her should only be friends.
Erica becomes worse and more depressed about Chris. She also doesn’t have the energy to work on her book. At the end of chapter 8, Changez travels home to his family.

In chapter 9, Changez reunites with his parents and siblings. Changez doesn’t mention Erica to any of them because he thought it would disturb them. Changez feels powerless to protect his family and his country, and ashamed to be returning to America so soon. He asks to stay longer, but his parents insist that he return, and suggest that he shave the beard he has grown in Pakistan.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • Your impression of the story so far. Remember that you are allowed to be negative, but no matter what your thoughts are so far – try to explain and give examples of what you like or dislike.

My first impression of the book was that it seemed difficult or advanced, because of the difficult vocabulary. But if you use the glossary words on the bottom of the page on the hard words, the book will be easier to read. As for the story, I think it is exciting and I wonder about the relationship between Changez and Erica.

  • What impression you get of the company Underwood Sam.

Their office was in a tall building (forty-first and forty-second) floor that indicates that it was a rather well-going organization. When Changez looked at it he thought about power and it made him proud. The trainee program seemed harsh but also fair, if you didn’t do your work it was out of here they said but if you did, you would be rewarded by ranking up.

  • Describe how Changez feels about America and comment on this quote: “I was immediately a New Yorker”.

Changez liked New York because it was like home for him. The taxi drivers spoke the same language as him, not far from his apartment there was a serving establishment called Punjab Deli, which also reminded him of home. And tourist would as him for directions and not the other way around.

  • What impression you get of Erica’s family. Feel free to add a quote.

The first thing we get to know about Erica’s family is that they are wealthy. “Erica’s family lived in an impressive building with blue canopy and an elderly doorman, ….” Erica’s father kept asking Changez about his home country until a point that Changez gets annoyed.

Outsorced

Outsourced is a romantic comedy film, directed by John Jeffcoat and was released in 2006.Todd Anderson (played by Josh Hamilton) has to travel to India when his department is outsourced. Todd is not happy but when his boss Dave informs him that quitting would mean losing his stock options, he goes to train his Indian replacement Puro (played by Asif Basra).

In the beginning, Todd was against traveling to India. He did not want to lose his job so he was forced to go. The first problem Todd is facing is that the driver who was sent to him had spelled his name wrong, Toad. So he did not find his driver. All the Indians pronounce Todd’s name Toad.

When Todd meets Puro he is irritated about the heat, and his new job, which is to train his replacement for the next manager. But Puro is a nice and gentle person, and very eager to learn since he is going to be the new manager. This shows the difference between an average Indian and an average American, Todd is very rude while Puro is much more polite to Todd. We can also see the difference in how they both speak to their boss. Todd is more casual and even jokes with his boss, but Puro is much more formal and doesn’t want to disrespect his superior.

A cultural difference Todd is facing is when he goes to work and sees a cow in the building. Todd is shocked and tells someone to get the cow out. But Todd doesn’t know that cows are holy in India so the other workers are shocked too by his behavior and with the lack of understanding of the Indian culture.
When Todd is traveling to get food he meets another American that works in India. They sat down and talked, and the man told Todd that he needs to accept India otherwise his time here would be horrible. After that Todd embraces India and changes his personality completely, in a positive way.

He is much more eager to learn about the Indians and how they live and he talks with his coworkers more politely. He want’s to see more of India and travel with Asha. He also takes part in the traditional color festival, Holi in India even though his fine clothes gets stains. In the movie, Todd gives the leftover food he gets from Aunti Ji to poor people from the other side of the wall, and after a while the people he has given food to invite Todd over for dinner. Even though they are poor and have little food, they still invite him over and give him what they got. This is something an average American wouldn’t do; I believe that they are more selfish than the Indians.

So to conclude we can see that trough the course of the movie Todd changes personality and improves his communication and understanding for the Indian people and culture. In the start, he was just caring for himself and his job, but later on, in the movie, he became more understanding and caring about other people as well. He also got an offer from his boss to move to China with an apartment, triple salary and so on, but instead of taking the job he gave it to Puro. And when he got home he called his mom, that he didn’t see more than a couple of times a year.

Free for All-My Son the Fanatic

How easy is it to move to a totally different country, and to start fresh there, building your family?

In the two short stories, Free for All and My son the fanatic, we can read about two father-son relationships with troubles. In one of the story, the son is totally blocking his father out of his life and is having a lot of secrets. In the other, the son is disrespecting his father. Why are the sons acting up like this? Is it because they feel divided like they belong to two cultures, one in their home and one when they are in school or with friends?
This is a problem many immigrants struggle with on a daily basis. Not only the children but also the parents have their fair share of problems. They are proud to be from their country and certainly want their kids to be too, but that’s not always the case. Many kids rebel against their parents, for example in the two short stories, both kids act up against their parents. Multicultural is simply a term, which describes the cultural and ethnic diversity of contemporary societies.

 

Kristoffer Løvoll

Question from the movie Lion

What is identity? Well, an identity is a fact of being who or what a person is. Saroo is born in India but is adopted and live most of his life in Australia. This causes Saroo to question his identity. Saroo quits his job to search for his family cutting out all social life. He even dumps his girlfriend. When he finds his original family and travel to India to see his birth mom, he first calls his adoptive mom and dad and tells them that they will always be his parents no matter what. I think that even though Saroo knows he´s from India, he will continue to identify himself as an Australian.

Project Report Operation Day’s Work and International Day

The main goal of operation day’s work is to educate students so that they are aware of the different oil catastrophes that have occurred in the world. The participants will also learn about different kinds of poverty and about imigration.

My task in operation day’s work was to be in charge of the North-south cannonball. It is basically a way of cannonball to show the injustice in world on how the resources and money is distributed unfairly around in the different countries all over the world.

In the preparation process we made posters about the north-south cannonball to allure people to go and play cannonball. We also considered having an obstacle course but we decided to drop that idea. The cannonball stand was a success and it was one of the most popular stands for the students.

I believe we did a good job dividing the students in to teams and instruct them with the rules, but if I need to choose something I could have done better is that maybe I could have been stricter with the participants. Some were weary loud and didn´t do as we said, and some just sat on the sideline and didn’t even want to play. Ecatrina was really good at this though.

I think that International day was really successful, it made the students on Fagerlia more aware then we are on subjects like, global challenges, poverty, immigration and so on. Next time though maybe the students that were “leaders” could be a bit more informed of what their task is during international day. It was weary educational on my behalf, I learned quite a bit on international day. I visited a few stands that I learned a lot from. For example the police officer that talked about “Siem Pilot” and the refugee situation in the Mediterranean.

Siem pilot is a boat that saved 975 people in the Mediterranean and brought them safe to Italy and Greece. I also visited a movie room, with all different kinds of movies that all had weary important subjects. For instance one movie was about pollution and poverty and what will happen with our economy when the livelihood of fishermen and farmers disappear. One movie was about environmentalist in Nigeria that documented the oil spill in the nature.

I think this was a great day, learning many new things about important subjects that we are working on in International English. Before I started the day I decided that I was going to be eager to learn something new, and that was exactly what I did. On Operation Day’s work I worked at home, helping my mom by cleaning the house.

 

-Kristoffer Løvoll

UN sustainable development goal number 13

I choose to talk about SDG number thirteen because in the way I see it, it´s the most important goal to complete. Because, if we manage to stop the drastic effect of climate change, and stop the greenhouse gas emission to rise you will see that many other SDG´s will start to be completed.

For example, if the climate changes for the worse, life on land will be threatened (nr 15), life below water will be threatened (nr 14). Undp.org says “Maize, wheat and other major crops have experienced significant yield reductions at the global level of 40 megatons per year between 1981 and 2002 due to a warmer climate”, which is a problem for SDG number 2, zero hunger. So by focusing on climate action, UN will get a good start on three other goals and maybe more so.

On undp.org it also says “The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone”. That’s a lot of money, so by focusing on SDG number thirteen it will not only save money but also kick-start many other goals, making it easier for UN and the worlds country to reach them.

 

-Kristoffer

Texas flood-climate change

Homework International English

How did it make you feel?

Reading the text about the flood in Houston Texas didn´t really make me feel something. Of course I feel sorry for all the people that have lost their homes and property. But catastrophes are happening all the time, every time I reed the news it´s a new horrible catastrophe and people have lost their homes. After reading about things like that every day, it has made me not “immune” about things like that but maybe indifferent.

But don´t take this the wrong way, I am not some cold hearted person that doesn´t care about stuff like this, because I do. But it´s so common now that we can´t start crying and make a big deal about it when it is happening almost every day.

 

What did you learn from it?

The article had many informative things that I didn’t know about. Like how unusual Harvey the hurricane is.

In the article they write that it´s normal for a hurricane to get weaker the closer it gets to shore, but Harvey got stronger right before it struck land. Why so you may ask?

Well that’s because after a while a hurricane absorbs water from the sea, and that water is cold making the hurricane smaller and weaker. But why didn´t the same thing happened to Harvey? Global warming! Global warming heated up the surface of the water outside Texas so that the temperature levels rose to between 2.7 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the warmest spots of water in the world.

So a conclusion is that the reason why the hurricane is so strong is because of us, the people of the earth. We are causing global warming, making the globe and the waters warmer, and then the heated up world is making the hurricane among other things stronger and more disastrous.

 

What would you like to find out more about?

After reading the article I started thinking, why?

Why are we humans destroying our fragile world, can´t we just stop using our fossil fuel, and start using more green alternatives. Of course it´s easy for me to sit behind my computer and just say, “o it´s so easy, why can´t everyone just stop contaminate the earth and using more green alternatives”. But it´s not that easy, if it was then the world would have been green a long time ago. That’s why we slowly need to step down the amount of contaminating energy we are using and slowly turn to greener alternatives.

So what would I find out more about?

Well, what should those greener alternatives be?

And, how should we proceed with making the world a better place?

 

Do you agree with the points made in the article? Why/why not?

Yes I do agree with some of the points made here. The writers of the article are stating facts of the consequences of global warming and the devastation that follows.

It´s obviously man made, and that need to stop right away or else it´s only going to get worse.

 

-Kristoffer