Friday Update on Emperor Ashoka 18th February 2022

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Friday Update on Emperor Ashoka 18th February 2022

Some people carry heavy stuff from one point to another. The soldiers beat the kids openly. A mother calls for help. Ashoka observes the tortures people are bearing under Kichak’s reign. Little kids are forced to work. Ashoka takes out the coin he has. He recalls his father’s words about it. It is a symbol of Maurya Vansh’s respect too. The kids get food in return of their hard work. Ashoka thinks to understand the situation around first. A soldier asks him who he is. Ashoka says I am seeking work. The soldier asks him to put his hands up. Ashoka hides the gold coin in his turban. The soldier finds a coin from Ashoka. Ashoka says I earned it by working on the ship. The soldier takes it with him. Ashoka manages to get the gold coin back. Ashoka wonders where he will find Kichak now.

A lady asks her kid to drink milk. The kid breaks the pot. The mother accepts she was feeding him flour mixed in water. Where will I get you milk from? Ashoka steps forward but the lady pushes him. The gold coin falls from his hand. A man picks it up. This gold coin is of no importance to me. Are you a Maurya? Why have you come here? He asks if the bad end of his life is also predestined. Ashoka asks him what he means. The man points at a group of people who hang dead. They too had brought a message from Maurya’s. Your future is right before you. Even God cannot save you now. He walks away. Ashoka goes in the same direction.

An announcement is being made about the new taxes that have been introduced by Kichak. There will be taxes even on death and birth now. People beg for mercy. The same guy asks them how they will get the tax amount from the dead person. The soldier replies that the family will pay for it. Ashoka calls it heights of injustice. We will have to stop it. Everyone cheers for their Mahanayak Kichak reluctantly except Ashoka. The main soldier notices this. You dint bow down hearing Mahanayak’s name! How dare you! He pulls Ashoka with him.

Dharma is doing embroidery work. She thinks of Ashoka. She hurts herself with the pin. Drupad comes running there. Why are you doing this when you are hurt? He tends her wound. She says how I can feel the pain when I have a son like you. Drupad talks about becoming like Ashoka. I will never be able to take his place but I will become your son for sure. His mother too says the same. I cannot even imagine what it is to lose a son. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Dharma can understand her discomfort. Someone younger than Drupad will come too. what else do I need! Charu thinks Dharma did a big mistake by trusting Drupad’s mother. She will pay for it from her unborn child.

The guy pleads for mercy from Ashoka’s behalf but the soldier insists upon taking him before Kichak. He pulls Ashoka. The guy pleads him again. Ashoka thinks of Acharya Chanakya and his mother. No decision should be taken by thinking emotionally. Be calm and patient. He bends down to touch his nose before the idol kept there. The main soldier asks his juniors to keep an eye on Ashoka. He goes from there. Ashoka looks at the idol. Kichak, your end is near! The guy turns to look at Ashoka.

Radha Gupta enquires a few people about the ship that got burnt on the way to Takshshila. Did anyone survive? One guy talks about a kid that survived. Radha Gupta gets curious. How old was he? The guy shares that he called himself a fisherman’s son. He went to Takshshila. Radha Gupta hopes to reach that kid to know more about what happened at the sea.

People notice the broken nose of the idol. They get tensed but a lady points out that someone has come to end the tortures of Kichak. That day is not far when he will lose! The soldiers beat people. There is no place for rebellion here. Ashoka feels bad for them as they are bearing the punishment of his deed. I will make sure he pays for all his misdeeds. Where will I find him?

Bindu asks Dharma why she is not eating properly nowadays. She reasons that their state needs food. How can I eat then? He talks about the baby in her womb. You are responsible for its nutrition. She asks him about the other pregnant women in Magadh who aren’t getting nutrition. He says I am doing all that I can. You are my strength. If you will eat then I will get the strength to face any problems. He feeds her with his hands.

All the people are gathered in acourtyard. His sister congratulates him. He gives her credit for whatever he is today. You trusted me when no one else did. She is proud of him. You proved that we should never underestimate a common man. She does his tilak using her blood. This will always remind you of my sacrifices. You will make sure Magadh should pay for the blood that our people have shed for its prosperity. He talks about how their expanse will be vast. The beginning of my dream will start now. He orders his soldiers to start.

The soldiers bring in a number of people who they are beating badly. They have been termed as rebels. Ashoka too joins the other people. He looks at Kichak.

The soldiers bring in a number of people who they are beating badly. They have been termed as rebels. They have been caught while they were trying to leave Takshshila. You still want to spare the life of those who will win in this game. We start the game now. kichak allows them. A circle of fire is lit around those people. The soldiers shoot at them. People scream in fear / for help. Kaurvi looks on sadly. Ashoka too joins the spectators. What’s happening? No one replies. They all are crying. Kaurvi asks Amatya why he is quiet even after seeing so much of violence around. Kichak enjoys the show. He and his sister bet at the guy who will be lucky out of the lot to survive. Ashoka looks pointedly at Kichak. Kichak does not mind whoever dies. Their blood if of no value / meaning. One guy is alive at the end. The soldiers catch hold of him and bring him to KIchak. The man pleads for mercy.

Kichak’s sister says Kichak is our Mahanayak. This man is really lucky. He was left alive from this painful punishment. The soldiers take to the execution point. Ashoka refuses to let anyone sacrifice a human being. I have to save this person. He picks up a stone. The soldier is about to cut that man’s throat when Ashoka throws the stone at his hand. The weapon drops from the soldier’s hand. His blood falls there. Kichak looks around in shock.

Kichak remarks that the guy is indeed lucky to be saved once again. The one, whose blood fell on that spot, will be sacrificed now. The man gets down. The commander kills that soldier. Kichak’s sister cheers for her brother. People follow in reluctantly. Kichak says the sacrifice is done, but who threw the stone. Ashoka recalls the way he has seen people getting tortured in Kichak’s reign. Ashoka moves in the front of the crowd. Kaurvi looks at him in shock. Kichak looks pointedly at Ashoka. There is a blast. People run helter-skelter. Ashoka glares at Kichak. Kichak orders his soldiers to catch Ashoka. His sister asks him to come. We aren’t safe here. We cannot put our lives in risk. She takes him with her. Meanwhile, someone throws a cloth on Ashoka.

Garbh Sanskar puja is happening at the palace. Purohit ji explains that this way they pray for the unborn baby’s well being and good thought process. Helena remarks that it isn’t easy to lose one son and be happy, yet you will have to remain calm for your unborn baby. You have to stay happy. Dharma replies that it is the biggest fear of a mother to bring her baby to a world which is corrupted, full of hypocrisy, and evil people. The world where a person like Acharya Chanakya is killed mercilessly; where fear rules; where people don’t trust one another! Forgive me Samrat. I am indeed happy to be a mother again. This is a very lucky thing for me. I still have a faith that even a small lamp is enough to end the dark. I welcome my second son with the hope that he will become the part of the change that will bring about peace in the world. Bindu looks at her proudly as everyone cheers for her.

Kaurvi questions Ashoka about his intentions. What were you trying to prove by pelting a stone at Kichak? If we weren’t there then you would have been dead today. Ashoka is angry that he couldn’t tell teacher his reality. Why do you always interfere? Did I ask you for it? She is amazed that instead of thanking her he is actually scolding her. Ashoka refuses to seek anyone’s help. I can fight my own war. Amatya asks him what he thinks of himself. How will you fight alone with a powerful man like Kichak? He will kill you in a split second. Too many warriors tried but failed. What’s so special in you? Kaurvi replies that his arrogance / ego is what’s special about him. You saved a ship from the storm and you think you can do anything? Don’t forget that you are an ordinary son of a fisherman. This isn’t sea where we will listen to whatever you will say. They divide in different directions as they hear the sound of the soldiers approaching. The soldiers find the same cloth lying there. He must be around only.

The soldiers stop Ashoka and Kaurvi’s way. Kaurvi very smartly throws chilli powder in their eyes. They both run away. Kaurvi tells Ashoka she saved his life again today. You cannot even thank me. More soldiers surround them. Ashoka and Kaurvu yet again manage to flee from there.

In the court, Kichak stares angrily at the stone that Ashoka had thrown. His sister knows he is angry. This stone might have hurt you. It is just a kid. Why waste your energy on a kid? Agnibahu advises Kichak to think not from heart but from mind. You have killed greatest warriors. This is just a kid. Kichak’s sister seconds him. Kichak agrees he has killed great warriors before. This is also truth that a kid dared to attack me today! I could have killed him just like that but his eyes had no fear. They spoke of challenge! It was not a good sign. I have to stop this fire before it spreads around. Get me that kid! Kichak’s sister says we will sacrifice that kid. My brother’s name will be cheered. Bhami speaks up. What is the meaning of having a ruler who kills so many innocent people just so one can rule? Till when will these tortures continue? One day will come when! Kichak warns her to be quiet. I would have killed you on the spot if that man had not predicted about our son. Don’t talk to my sister like this ever again! You are only here to give me my successor! Don’t give any more importance to you than this! Go away. Bhami sadly leaves from there.