By Kavita Kané
Born through the churning of the sea, Menaka is the main attractive of all of the apsaras on this planet, with fast intelligence and innate expertise. besides the fact that, she craves for the only factor she will be able to by no means have—family.
Elsewhere, after critical austerities, a guy, now blessed with the identify Vishwamitra, demanding situations the gods and dares to create one other heaven. Fearing his transforming into powers, Indra, the king of gods, makes a decision to place a cease to his objectives by way of making Menaka seduce him.
What will ensue while Menaka and Vishwamitra meet one another? Will Menaka ultimately locate what she quite wanted for? Or will she back be compelled to give up to her future? discover during this interesting portrait of 1 of the main enduring mythological figures.
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You have been following Indra’s instructions,’ she accused via her tears, creating a intelligent wager. ‘As usual,’ she extra caustically. Vasu paled. ‘You are upset…’ ‘But I suggest what i'm saying!! It used to be via Indra’s recommendation, you probably did no longer permit me to work out my Pramadvara,’ she said emphatically, color dashing to her blanched face. via uttering her identify, Menaka felt she had a few correct of ownership on her. yet she knew it was once futile. Her fury escalated, as did her grief. ‘And you listened to Indra, you probably did it! ’ ‘I did it to spare you the pain…’ he began helplessly, taking her trembling fingers in his, caressing them to calm her. yet she simply grew angrier. ‘And he did it to harm me! ’ she shot again. ‘And you agreed to it. Vasu, he used you back. He used you opposed to me. sooner or later he'll tear us apart!! i can't disregard the glance in his eyes whilst he observed us jointly. He pretended to just accept it, yet he by no means shall! he'll see to it that we're by no means proud of one another! ’ Vasu shook his head. ‘He can do it provided that we let it to take place! ’ he muttered fiercely. ‘You are doing it without delay— by means of over-reacting to a choice which we had already determined upon. It was once unavoidable. we've had this dialogue such a lot of instances ahead of; we had a decision and we made up our minds we won't retain Pramadvara, our baby! ’ he acknowledged intentionally, calling her via her identify for the 1st time yet accentuating each one notice with merciless emphasis. ‘Accept it, Menaka, and don’t wish on Indra’s good needs. we're now not in his favour and he'll assault in some way, sometime. but you are going to really accuse me unfairly. That’s riding us aside! ’ Menaka spotted his affliction for the 1st time. ‘I ought to not blame you,’ she mumbled, her eyes reddened and crammed, and he or she determinedly blinked them transparent. He lightly took her tear-stained, crumpled face in his arms and stated, ‘Don’t let him to return among us, please. that's what he's doing. I say it for the final time—I did what I did to save lots of you, in whichever small means i'll. to not harm you, by no means that! convinced, I his orders yet in your solid. I listened to him for i may listen your pain…’ ‘But that's what Vasu continuously does, does he now not? continuously obey Indra! ’ rang a voice loudly in the course of the size of the room. It was once harsh and strident, laced with sufficient bitterness to make Menaka notice its proprietor instantly. It was once Urvashi. Vasu stiffened and without warning bought as much as go away. His face used to be faded, his eyes drained. Menaka felt a twinge of guilt. He has to be anguish too, yet in her egocentric grief, she had blamed him exclusively for his or her misfortune. She bit her lip and tugged at his hand to stick. yet he lightly prised clear of her clasp. ‘It’s top I go away now,’ he murmured, putting a tender kiss on her lips. Menaka kissed him again fiercely to soothe her guilt, no longer eager to permit cross of him. yet she too knew that it might be higher for him if he left straight away, if he needed to retailer himself from Urvashi’s barbs. Vasu could by no means manage to face Urvashi with a immediately face after what he had performed. Or fairly, what Indra had made him do.