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Gopal (Boys Without Names) – Hero’s Journey

The Mundane World

Gopal starts the story living in a village with his family who are Aai, Baba, Naren, and Sita. His friends are Mohan and Shiva. He has love for telling kahanis (or what we would call stories) to his family and friends. He lives a peaceful life.

The Call To Adventure

Gopal’s family heads to Mumbai to avoid paying up to the moneylenders and the meet a friend called the Card Man who gives Gopal cards from the city.

Crossing the Threshold

A man named Jatin from the city takes Gopal to a restaurant to have some tea and says that he could earn money for his family if he works for him. The reason seemed reasonable to Gopal but he never knew the conditions and he agreed to work for him and instead of getting paid he get non tasty and little food. His tea also gets drugged so he gets carried off to the place where he stays for life.

The Path of Trials

Jatin took Gopal to work as a slave – forced to make beaded frames in harsh conditions, for no money and little food. They’re not even allowed to speak or use their real names.

His main allies are the police inspector, Kabir, Barish, Roshan, Sahil, and Amar. His enemies are Scar and Jatin. The mentors are his wisdom to find a way to get back home. The main trial is how to escape the wrath of Scar.

Using his storytelling abilities, he manages to convince the others boys to plan an escape.

The Master of Two Worlds

Gopal sends a note to help get his friends and him rescued from Scar. Gopal becomes braver and wiser because of the obstacles. He makes new friends and lives a happy life.

Submitted by: Jay P. from Baker Middle School

Mohandas Gandhi

Gujarat, India
October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948

Mohandas Gandhi was married at 13 and headed to England at age 18 to study law. He took up the study of religion and vegetarianism during his time there and returned to India with a law degree. He was unable to get a job or start a successful business and ended up taking a job in South Africa.

Gandhi experienced intolerance, racism, and injustice while in South Africa. He stayed on longer than his one year contract to help fight for the rights on Indians. He promoted non-violent resistance to a new law requiring Indians be registered and was successful.

Upon returning to India, Gandhi earned his nicknames of Mahatma (Great Soul) and Bapu (Father) by fighting for better conditions for impoverished farmers on British lands. He began a fight for Indian independence, urging Indians to boycott English products and titles. He was imprisoned in 1922 for two years and his unification efforts fell apart. 1930 saw Gandhi take up the struggle again, fighting for independence. World War II became a rallying point as Gandhi began the Quit India campaign, vowing that India would not support England in the war until it was granted independence. In 1946, independence was granted to India, but the country was split according to religion. Gandhi fought to bring the sides together – Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh. He was successful.

Gandhi was shot dead on January 30, 1948 by a radical Hindu man. His ashes were spread in the world’s major rivers. He is remembered for his non-violence, faith, simple-living, and wisdom. He has inspired many other heroes, including the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi, and Nelson Mandela.



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