Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A-Z April Challenge 2015: Y for YUYUTSU, SON OF SUGADA & DRITHARASHTRA

Y for Yuyutsu held by his father Dritharashtra
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“Traitor,” accused Duryodhana, glaring with his reddened, tempestuous eyes at his half-brother Yuyutsu. “How dare you take the side of our enemies, the Pandavas?”

Dhitharashtra turned his head this way and that, trying to understand what was going on. “Duryodhana,” called his father, “Whom are you calling a traitor? Who’s taking the Pandavas’s side?” 

Pitaashri, it’s Daasi-putra Yuyutsu, he’s the traitor,” roared Duryodhana in accusation, a tremor running through his body as his temper blew out of proportion. 

On hearing this, the blind king turned to his left, where he presumed his second son Yuyutsu to be as Duryodhana’s voice came from his right. “Yuyutsu, why are you upsetting your elder brother?” he asked. Duryodhana was his favourite and Dritharashtra wouldn’t dream of taking his younger son’s side, that too, the son of his maid Sugada, not Queen Gandhari. 

Pranaam Pitaashri! I feel it only right that the sons of Uncle Pandu be given their share of the kingdom. We have insulted them enough with this game of dice. Shaming Draupadi Baabhi as did Dushashana, cannot be permitted by any code of honour. Going forward, we are laying the foundation for the ruin of the Kaurava dynasty. Please make Duryodhana understand Pitaashri,” pleaded Yuyutsu, hoping against hope that their father will have some kind of influence over the eldest Kaurava prince.

Duryodhana didn’t wait for their father to respond. “Get out Yuyutsu, get away from the kingdom. If Yudhistir and his brothers are so important to you, go and join them. I don’t want traitors in our midst!” he ordered, a hand pointing to the entrance of the throne room. 

“Duryodhana,” began the blind king, trying to pacify his hot-tempered eldest born.

Only Duryodhana wouldn’t let their father finish what he wanted to say. He didn’t want to hear anything that would prove an advantage to his hated cousins, the Pandavas. “Go Yuyutsu. Get out of my sight before I kill you with my bare hands.”

Yuyutsu left, much to the Kauravas’s disadvantage. He knew all the war secrets and strengths of the Kauravas and was a great boon to the Pandavas during the Kurukshetra War. 

On Day 18 of the war, Yuyutsu looked at the battlefield, tears in his eyes. His warning had fallen on deaf years. His half-brother had refused to listen. The Kaurava dynasty had come to an end. 

Glossary:

1. Pitaashri - Father
2. Daasi-putra - Son of servant



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26 comments:

  1. There is so much to learn from Mahabharat. Rage certainly makes us take steps that prove disadvantageous later on in life. Our vision becomes myopic and Duryodhan is a good example of it. Getting to know so many new stories from you.

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    1. Thank you so much Ahana! Glad to hear that :) I am also learning a lot as I research and write

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  2. Tragic. And I agree with Ahana that there are so many lessons hidden away in the myths.

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  3. Duryodhana was always so full of himself and so arrogant. As they say Vinash kale vipreet buddhi.

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    1. Exactly! Thank you for stopping by Suzy :)

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  4. I was hoping you would do Yuyutsu..I am fascinated by his character and not many know about him... when Krishna told the people on either side that they were free to switch sides before the war began Yuyutsu switched over to the pandavas...

    I loved the little drama played out between the half brothers! can't believe one whole month went by!

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    1. Thank you Little Princess :) Yuyutsu is equated to Vibhishana - Ravana's brother - in Ramayana. They both spoke on the side of dharma.
      I agree with what you say! Though it was hectic, I loved every minute of the challenge :D

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  5. Though I had heard about Yuyutsu, I was not familiar with him. Thank you!

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  6. The hot headed Duryodhana was served right. Yuyutsa is such a different name.

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    1. Yeah! Tailor made for A-Z though, as Y has very few names ;) Thank you for stopping by Rajlakshmi

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  7. It was all but a war of egos...nothing beyond it.

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  8. Another important event and fatal error by Duryodhana! They teach one so many things, well written.

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  9. Everything happens for a reason, I guess. In Mahabharat, it was Yuyutsu. In Ramayan, it was Vibhishan. It was all part of a Divine plan, I suppose.

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    1. I am sure! Thank you for stopping by Chicky :D

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  10. I think when rage fills one's mind and ego the soul, it's futile to reason or make the person see any logic. Sadly Duryodhana was so filled with his desire to defeat the Pandavas he refused to listen to any wise words. Good story :)

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    1. Thank you Prasanna! You are absolutely right. But then Duryodhana was also known as Kali-purusha. He was the one who brought forth the kaliyuga. It's obvious that he was just playing the role of the bad guy :)

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  11. Familiar tale, wonderful narration - as usual. :)
    P.S. Just catching up with the last few posts of AtoZers, as I have patchy internet connection here in Mumbai. (I am in Mumbai for 3 weeks vacay)

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    1. Thank you Shanaya :)
      Have a great vacation!

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  12. Though I was aware of Yuyutsu, but was not aware that he was a daasi putra!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Shilpa :) Glad to bring you some info that you weren't aware of

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  13. This was a character I was not familiar with. Thanks for the enlightenment :-)

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    1. Glad to introduce one more character from the Mahabharata :D Thank you Amrit Sinha

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