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137 comments

  1. Hello Eric,

    The Stablemaster & the Cowherd 57 – I enjoy this episode greatly. Though the accident was anticipated, the twist of fate had a play in bringing about the pre-matured foal who could not drink milk. I finished the read so fast, anxious to know if the foal could be saved.

    Hope you have a great weekend, Eric.

  2. Hi Eric,

    Arjuna as Brihannala & Panchali as Sairindhri 56 – Sudeshna, like some athletes love the adrenalin of tempting danger. Some people are just made that way. Despite several near escapes, they will not give up.

    I think the scene you created for Brihannala’s appearance and rescue mission was timely and convincing, as I was especially curious how the two will make their way into the service of Virata.

  3. Hi Eric,

    Last week I had another “attack” of workload. Some aspect of the business had sudden surge and demands to meet on super critical basis. On our side, the shipping are down with manpower issues. Even with some help from my colleague, both of us had to struggle past midnight. Anyway, work aside now.

    Bheema as Vallabha the Bald 55 – frankly I feel Mararishi Durvasa abused his power in the title of a sage. My idea of a sage is someone with divine power to help those in need, not to drag 16,000 disciples to sponge on others and curse them when they fail to provide. Fortunately Durvasa gave Kunti the power, or she would not have had Bheema and without Bheema his 16,000 disciples will have to go away in hunger. That would have served them right, hahaha.

  4. Hi Eric,

    Yudhishthira as Kanka the Brahmana – I would have thought that Yudhishthira will wash his hands off any dice game, since it was after all the cause of the Pandavas’ current calamities. Looks like the dice now works in his favour. Life is truly unpredictable.

    That was a snazzy escape plan. You’ve covered all angles.

    1. Hi Windy,

      Yes, the previous episode avoided revealing the details of the escape and left a small cliff hanger. This episode revealed it all 🙂

      Yudhishthira was a renowned gambler and dice games were popular among the royals. He leveraged on that and put it to good use. In the original Mahabharata, Sakuni “tricked” Yudhishthira but the epic provided no details on how the former managed to trick the latter. I took the approach that Sakuni secured divine help – in this case from Lord Yamarajah – but in return he paid a heavy price. The world reviles Sakuni to this day.

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I hope and trust that you’re having a restful weekend.

  5. Hello Eric,

    Arjuna’s Return – the number of celestial weapons acquired and what power each beholds have me completely lost. I even wonder if the owner remembers what weapons he possessed.

    I find the escape plan very exciting and enjoy that part more.

    1. Hi again, Windy,

      Thank you for your ever presence here 🙂

      Contemporary story plots expect the “hero” to be at a disadvantage; and the “villain” is always the more powerful one. In the Mahabharata, the odds are stacked against Duryodhana and the Kauravas. It is a challenge to level the field, so to speak.

      As usual I questioned myself. How did the Pandavas remain incognito during the 13th year? To do that , how did they slip away at the end of their 12th year in exile. Because, one has to slip away unnoticed by spies and only then can they hope to remain hidden. I worked at possible solutions and came up with the escape plan. Glad you found the plan exciting. Thank you for the encouragement.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  6. Hi Eric,

    Urvashi’s Curse – no one likes to be cursed but it’ll be nice if a curse can work in our favour. Keep cursing then, LOL.

    What draws me more is the teaching of how the combination of the male and female attributes will bring out far superior power and equilibrium.

    1. Hi Windy,

      Many great thinkers and philosophers refuse to acknowledge the potency of the feminine divine but I’m a believer. The teachings of ancient India are enlightening.

      Peace,
      Eric

  7. Hello Eric,

    Manage to catch a short respite. Thought I better catch up on my missing stories before the next onslaught of work comes in.

    Indraloka, the Abode of Gods – you always amaze me with your illustration of a location, in this case of the higher realm, how you visualize it should be and what form of beings are present, how things work. It is a complete new set up. The author’s mind knows no bounds.

    1. Hi, Windy,

      I suppose many of us are working from home (WFH) and that throws up many challenges. One thing I notice is some “bosses” who had been coasting along pretending to be “busy” in the office have had the rug pulled out from under them. Sitting at home in front of a laptop – their lack of “contributions” becomes all too transparent. They cover this up by having endless on-line meetings that exacerbates the problems faced by WFH staffers who are doing real work.

      Re: Abode of Gods – In the original Mahabharata, there is very little scene setting. As I’m taking a novelist’s approach, I steer clear of using the same scene settings and that poses solid changes. Glad that you like my scenes; but it gets tougher as I gobble up one idea after another. It’s a challenge and I welcome it.

      Stay Safe, Be Safe,
      Eric

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