May 15th, 2013

[ANON POST] Practice of Hinduism by a college-age musician

I'm looking for what sorts of shrine or offering might be appropriate for a young Hindu male musician going to college.

Setting: Modern (2012), an unnamed college on the East Coast of the US.

Ramanik (Ram for short) was born in India (I haven't decided exactly where yet) but immigrated to the US with his family as a young child. They belong to the Brahmin caste, and his family is about middle class in the US. Ram is a talented and devoted musician (flute, piccolo, and other woodwind dabbling), and he's working towards a performance degree.

He's quiet about it, but still religious, and he follows the vegetarian ideal. I know that the practice of Hinduism can be so individual that I'm not sure what devotions would be realistic for him. Right now, I'm considering a small icon of Ganesha in one of his various (32, 12, depending on the source) forms -- based on anecdotes from a ethnomusicology professor, who plays the tabla -- with the icon in his room, with sweets offered regularly.

This is something I'd like to get respectfully correct, which is why I ask. If any of this seems off, I would love to hear the feedback of those more familiar with this kind of thing.

Search terms: Various combinations of Ganesh, Ganesha, forms of Ganesh, Ganesha attributes, Hindu music/musicians and gods, vedic instruments, Dvija Ganapati,

[ANON POST] US Military Promotions

I have a military-related question. In Lois McMaster Bujold's Memory, we discover that officers can be promoted to one rank higher than their original one when they retire; Emperor Gregor promotes Miles to captain when he (Miles) retires, even though he was only a lieutenant. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the US military is *cough* not quite as extensive as my knowledge of Bujold's military. My army brat father has informed me that officers in real world militaries are sometimes promoted right before they retire, but even after Googling things like "military promotions retirement," I have no idea if the US army does this, let alone under what circumstances they might do it. Does anyone have any idea?

Setting is modern-day US army.

[ANON POST] Severe Knee Injury?

Hello! I'm having a little trouble researching about the treatments for what I'm doing to my MC in my fanfic.

The MC is male and in his thirties and fit. It's set in modern day UK. There are slight superpowers and such at work, although it's not really important to his injury (other than the fact that someone with super strength hurt him)

Anyways, it's a pretty severe injury, because the bad guy repeatably abuses the knee in hopes that the MC will never walk normal again. My main thing is that I have to do as much damage as possible without amputation, because it's important later in the story that he has both legs (one of them being pretty damaged)

I have a question about surgery, because the character has ACL/MCL and other tears that need to be fixed, but i read that they usually leave the surgery for a week to let the swelling go down. If the MC also has a broken/shattered kneecap do they automatically need to do surgery on that? or do they wait for the swelling to go down on that as well? Also, for any of those who have had kneecap issues and such, to repair an injury like that do they put pins and such in your knee to help stabilize it (and remove them after a couple of years). Do you also need to wait for the kneecap to heal before you start doing physio? I know starting physio quick is important but considering he has so much damage done do they wait for him to heal, or do they just start him ASAP so it will help him in the long run?

Research: (everything from google) Shattered kneecap, ACL tear... pretty much all the tears you can do... Recovery from those. Kneecapping (which is pretty much what I'm doing, minus the gun.. but i can't find a lot of prognosis on it)

I can find good information on the individual injuries, it's just with all of them together that's leaving me a bit overwhelmed. I've read through some of the knee injuries tags here... http://little-details.livejournal.com/3264597.html that one does a really good example of the actual physio (and I'm probably going to use her example)

Any examples or suggestions would be great. It's really important that even after about 6-8 months of physio the MC still has major issues with his mobility, and does not have a good prognosis of his leg getting much better, so I'm trying to make it as serious as possible, without going overboard.