Tuesday Update on Emperor Ashoka 22nd February 2022

The box is empty. Kichak’s sister taunts the commander. He vows to bring the kid before Kichak!

Kaurvaki meets a man. I want to find a man named Jagannath. He points out that there are more than 20 persons with that name. She says I am sure only one of them revolted against Kichak. Where is he? He asks for something in return. She gives him the gold coin. He shares that that man resides in the old palace.

Ashoka acts as a servant before Agnibau and Amatya. Agnibau thanks Amatya for welcoming him. Tell me the reason. Amatya wants to change Takshshila Vishwavidyalaya in Kichak Vishwavidyalaya. Agnibau wants to know what he has thought about him then. Amatya talks about money. He pays money to Agnibau. Mahanayak Kichak only should inaugurate the Vishwavidyalaya. Agnibau agrees to try. I cannot tell you for sure but why do you insist on it? Amatya says Takshshila’s famous sculptor is making Mahanayak’s special statue. Rest you will know when it is time. Agnibau too says the same. Your proposal has reached 6 ears now (his, Amatya and Ashoka’s). If anyone else finds out then it would not be good for you. Amatya assures him about Ashoka. I trust him. Agnibau leaves.

Amatya turns to Ashoka. I know you must be thinking I shouldn’t be doing this as I am a monk. My mission is too big. I have to do this for the same. Make preps to come with me. Ashoka goes from there.

Ashoka paces in a room. I have to reach Kichak asap. Everything seems impossible now that I have lost the gold coin. I cannot even send him a message now. The insiders will be alerted. I only had a chance to meet Sudama, but I lost that gold coin. How could I be so irresponsible! I should check at Som’s house.

The complete taxes have been completed this time. Kichak is happy with Agnibau for the same. He reprimands his commander for coming to the court. You failed in catching an ordinary kid! Leave! The commander shows the gold coin bearing Magadh’s stamp on it to Kichak. Kichak is sure someone has come here from Magadh. This is a proof that Magadh Samrat has sent someone here to Takshshila. Only Ashoka could be carrying it. If it is here then it indicates that Ashoka is alive and here only. The courtiers refuse to believe it. Kichak says I cannot trust Maurya’s. They fight with one another for throne. They can cook up stories of Ashoka’s death. No one should know about Ashoka’s identity / existence. No one will recognize him as the prince till he has this royal coin with him. Now we have to seek help from that person. Send him a message. Only he can help us now!

Ashoka cannot find the gold coin in Som’s house. He is irked to come across obstacles all along!

Dharma mutters in her sleep. You cannot give up son! Be calm and patient. Bindu wakes her up. Did you see a bad dream? Dharma says Ashoka is in some problem. He gets sad. Our son is at a place where no problem can even touch him. You need rest. She lies down again. He feels sad that he can never make her pain of losing her son, go away!

Amatya gives some money to Ashoka. This will help you in reaching behind the old fort. You must be wondering about all the money. I am trying to spread goodness around the world since years. I have realised that bad people don’t learn things easily. Acharya Chanakya used to say that Sama, Dama, Danda, Bheda is required to complete your work. You have to choose one stone out of which we can make Kicha’s statue. We will deploy the best sculptor. Ashoka cannot understand why they will be making Kichak’s statue. Amatya reasons that this is one of the way to reach Kichak. Ashoka refuses to allow his citizens to bow down before anyone. But it is ok if I can get Kichak. I also got a chance to reach the old palace.

A daasi (Madhvi) makes lep for Dharma. Dharma looks at Acharya Chanakya’s letter. It gives me strength to fight every problem in life. It makes me believe that everything will get fine in the end. How ironic it is that he would not realise a man like Daastan will kill him! At times I cannot believe it that it was so easy for a man like Daastan to kill Acharya Chanakya! Madhvi drops the grinder she is holding. She rushes out from there. Dharma is confused.

Kaurvaki wants to go out while Anand asks her to meditate. She eats a red chilli when he is not looking at her. Amatya notices her in tears. What happened? She lies she is feeling very restless. Amatya sends her to her room to rest.

Kaurvaki wants to be back before Bhante (Amatya) gets to know of her absence. She runs out, avoiding all the soldiers that come her way.

Dharma asks Madhvi why she ran away when they were talking about Acharya Chanakya. She stays quiet. Dharma insists upon her to speak. I am your Rani. I order you to speak up. The lady confirms her suspicions. There is more truth behind his death than the world knows.

Madhvi confirms Dharma’s suspicions. There is more truth behind his death than the world knows. Please don’t think of my husband as the culprit. He was forced to do it. Raj Vaid was paid money to lie in the court regarding the autopsy. I don’t know who the person was and why he was trying to hide the truth, but now we know that the truth about Chanakya’s death is not true.

The soldiers discuss about Ashoka. They ask everyone about a kid who is not from here. A girl is with him. Inform us if you see them. Ashoka wants to reach the old palace but he cannot go out easily as there are soldiers all around. On the other hand, Kaurvaki too is worried about the soldiers. They both are on their own.

Madhvi gives something to Dharma. It is so precious that he could not take it. This is the only hint that someone is trying to hide the truth from the world. He is paying him handsomely. I haven’t seen him. Dharma says how can I believe you. You wouldn’t have told me if I had not questioned you today! Why did you not tell anyone, or Samrat, about this? I can get you imprisoned for life. Madhvi replies that she did not want to put her family, her husband’s life in risk. I am not that strong. I tried to ask my husband but he threatened to kill me if I tell anyone about this secret. Dharma wants to meet Raj vaid. Madhvi asvises her against it. those, who want to hide this matter, might kill my husband and son. I promise to inform you as soon as I get any info. Pleas believe me this time!

Ashoka covers his face with a shawl and walks limping. The soldier stops him. Kaurvaki comes running there. Your father isn’t well. Come with me. They both manage to go away successfully. Kaurvaki points out that he wouldn’t have escaped from there if she wasn’t there. He says this shows how much your need me. She declines. They both go separate ways but collide with each other again. He asks her to leave him alone. You have become like a leech. She tells him to clear his misunderstanding. They both bicker and then part ways.

Dharma paces in her room. A Daasi comes there. You look worried. Dharma shares that they know the wrong story of Acharya Chanakya’s death. No one would have hidden it if they had not paid Raj Vaid this way to keep quiet. I don’t want Madhvi and her family to be in some problem, but I cannot sit quietly. Acharya’s culprits are roaming around openly. I will tell Samrat everything. Daasi stops her. Madhvi can back out. She and her husband might refuse to accept it before Samrat. We don’t have enough roofs. Whoever gave this bangle, is either someone from the royal family or a person who is close to the royal family. But how do we figure it out? Dharma has an idea.

Ashoka is relieved as Kaurvaki is not with him. She keeps talking nonstop all the time. If she gets to know that I am the prince of Magadh then she will tell everyone! He continues to look around for Sudama.

Kaurvaki notices a man sitting in a corner. She touches his hand but it isn’t the one she is looking for. Do you know Jagannath? Someone told me he is here. Please tell me his whereabouts. I am his daughter. The man looks away! She thinks that man fooled her. He took my gold coin as well. She rushes from there. Ashoka calls out after her but she does not pay heed. Ashoka walks up to the same man. Are you Sudama? The man looks up. I am sure you only are Prantpal Sudama. Sudama gets angry at him. I am only Sudama. Ashoka gives his intro. I have come to help you. my truth wont change even if you look away. I will still be the son of Samrat Bindusar who has come to help Takshshila. The question is, are you with Samrat Bindusar or not? I lost the gold coin that my father gave to me. My father trusted you and still does! Please help me in reaching Kichak. I have only seen pain and sadness around since I came here. I will spread peace in Takshshila after removing Kichak. I will help you too if you help me. Sudama laughs at him. Once upon a time, there was my Guru Chandragupta Maurya’s flag that was hoisted. Today it has been replaced by Kichak’s flag. I will be free the day my flag will be back in its place. I could not protect the Maurya’s! Ashoka requests him to help him. Sudama says only a person named Nayak can help him. He is the shortest way to reach Kichak. But he will actually help only Mahanayak Kichak, not you! He has dedicated himself to Takshshila completely.

Dharma asks a jeweller to ascertain the cost of all the gold ornaments. I have to donate it all for women welfare. The Daasi shows that particular bangle to the jeweller. He is sure it must be in pair. Dharma asks him if he remembers who made it and for whom. Our ancestors only would have made it. Both men and women can wear it. it isn’t possible to find out who took it first and who it was handed over to later on. I will tell you by tomorrow. Dharma thanks him. He leaves. Dharma wonders how to find out about the bangle now. Ashoka would have helped me if he was here. I cannot trust anyone else but! The Daasi calls it a hint frm Acharya Chanakya. He wants us to find out the traitors who stay amidst us. We should not give up. We will be successful for sure!

Kichak throws a dagger at Nayak. He stands rooted to his place. Kichak asks him till when he will be dedicated to Takshshila. Nayak talks about his vow. I have pledged to do anything for Takshshila. Kichak shows the gold coin to Nayak. This belongs to Maurya’s. Ashoka is here only. Find him out from anywhere!