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Strange Decision

It was a dark night and there were strange noises from every where and voice of  the moaning of jackals could be heard. It was raining heavily.

Although there was a  bad atmosphere king Vikramaditya did not fear a bit. He climbed the tree to bring the corpse down and soon he began to walk with the corpse lying on his shoulder.

The Betaal spoke: "O King , I pity you as you are making untiring efforts without relaxing as if you wish to achieve something. Instead of enjoying a comfortable sleep in your palace  you’re still coming after me”

King didn’t speak anything because any word from his mouth would keep Betaal right back on the tree.

So Betaal starts his story……….

The ruler of Kishanagar, Rajendra, was kind and  strong King. He cared about his people very much. After long period of marriage his queen, Prema, gave birth to a beautiful daughter, named Sona. As she was the only child, she enjoyed a lot of freedom. She was clever not only in studies but in the use of the bow and arrow and sword. When she reached marriageable age, her parents began searching for a suitable partner for her. But Sona disagreed to their proposal saying her parents that ,"Father, I want that my husband should be  more skilled in all activities and should be  overpower, me in fight. So you may make an announcement". The King Rajendra was very proud to hear about his daughter's thoughts.

The announcement was made not only in the King’s kingdom but also in the neighboring kingdoms. Thinking that Sona is only a girl many fighters came with thought in the mind that they can easily defeat a girl and she is only child they will get whole kingdom after King Rajendra.

But Sona defeated everyone, and they had to go back disappointed. She was taking on the suitors one after another, among them was Uday varma, the prince of  Ayodhyapuri. He watched the fight every day, by joining the crowd. He carefully watched how Princess Sona fought and the different strategies she adopted to meet the method of fighting followed by each prince.

Within few days Uday Varma had learnt all her strategies, and the next day he was ready to fight with her he fight too cleverly. Soon Sona was defeated by Uday varma. When Uday varma came forward to present himself to the King and queen, King asked Uday varma from where he had learnt to fight. Uday Varma replied “I have watched all strategies adopted by Sona, by watching her during fight”.

Sona suddenly said to him that "You have defeated me, but I can’t marry you”

King was surprised by Sona’s decision and asked her “why couldn’t you marry him?”

Sona turn back to Uday varma and said “Just think and find the reason”

Uday Varma  thought something and said . "Yes you are right. I should not marry you."

The king and queen were surprised that even Uday Varma too accepted Sona’s decision quickly. They were unable to find the reason

The Betaal concluded the story and asked King Vikramaditya,

“Why did she say he did not deserve her hand in marriage in spite of his victory over her? Tell me Vikram if you would not speak even if you know the answer you are not a King of Justice”

Vikram Replied “ Betaal Uday varma had learnt strategies by watching Sona’s strategies while fighting just as someone learn from his teacher.  And in Bhartiya Sanskruti a teacher cannot marry his student. In Bhartiay Sanskruti father, mother and teacher are all like a god. As Sona realized that Uday varma was first her student and then a suitor and she was not willing to accept that relationship for the purpose of marriage. Uday varma too thought on the same manner and realized that he could not marry Sona

As king spoke a word  so Betaal flew back to the tree carrying the corpse along with him. Vikram with his sword in his hand went after the Betaal once again.......

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Submitted By:shailendra
Date: 7/7/2007
very good story

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