Recently I visited a Gambling joint called Pancham Guru . Every gambling joint has a little one called chhotu, who serves the wine and if need be, tobacco and cigarettes.
Now this sharp and intelligent chhotu whom I met, claimed that he remembered his past life.
He claimed that he had seen the biggest gambling in history. Here, I would like you to meet this Chhotu.
He said : “Even in Dwapar yuga , I was Chhotu and had the privilege to work under Lachchhu ustad” .
When Duryodhana and Yuddhisthir were gambling, they had requested my boss for services of a chhotu. My Boss could only think of me”
Before going my boss said: “Chhotu, this gambling will be between the powerful kings. Many famous personalities will be there too. If you serve very well, you will get good tips. But If u commit a mistake, your head will be chopped. I now found that my happiness was laced with fear.”
I asked : “Chhotu, Why were they gambling? Was there any specific reason?”
He said : “It is Power politics sir. Everyone gambles in politics. Napoleon gambled and so did Hitler – and now, don’t you find Modi doing the same?”
“But, Pandavas and Kaurvas belonged to the same family, what was the reason for power politics?”
Chhotu answered : “Don’t you know that Mulayam and Akhilesh are from the same family. Aren’t Russia and China from the same Communist family? Germany and America too are from the same socialist families yet, there was politics between their currency – Dollor and Mark.” Also one interesting that did matter was that :
Apart from Shakuni and Duryodhana, everyone was against gambling. The person who was totally against this was Vidur. But, Do you know sir , who went to invite the Pandavas? Yes, the same Mahatma Vidur.
Even Yudhisthir did not approve this bad habit of Gambling,.but said: “Because they have invited me , I will go and play.”Si , Everyone is against gambling , but all seem to be playing, sir!.
I said: Chhotu, It seems that you are very intelligent. Tell me, How come this happened?
He said: “Sir, If head of the family is blind, then, a little bit, everyone becomes blind. They will do just opposite. At one hand we say: war is bad, peace is good, on the other hand we all are producing atom bombs.”
Yuddhisthir was a wise man, a very gentle man. He knew what was good and bad, the difference between boon and curse. But he had a bad habit of gambling. Every great personality has some bad habit or the other.
Even my boss Lachchhu Ustad had warned him: “Sir, even If you want to gamble, Come to my gambling joint. What will you loose? 5000, 10000 coins , that’s it. Come disguised and No one will recognize you. else Someday you will spoil all your earned properties if you play game of dice.
And alas…, what my boss had told, did happen.
Kauravas , They are waiting for Pandavas. Dhristrarastra was exited. Since he could not see so he asked : Have the Pandavas come??
Vidur was sitting in the corner. Bhism was resltless. Duryodhana and shakuni were exited. Karna was sitting silently and satisfied.
Pandavas knew that they would loose, yet surprisingly they were coming .
Now , Pandavas are kaurvas, both were facing each other. I went there by making an excuse to serve water near Yudhisthir and wisper : “Dharmraj, You should play teen patti, You don’t know how to throw dice.”
That time itself Shakuni said: “Aee Chhotu, Come here.”
Duryodhana said : “I will bet , but My Shakuni uncle will throw the dice.”
Have you seen that kind of game sir?”
I said: “In power politics, it happens”
“Right sir, Yuddhisthir should have told that if Shakuni throws the dice from your end then , Lachchhu Ustad will throw the dice from my end.
But Yuddhisthir had a itching in his hand to throw the dice himself. And the game started.
Gold and Jewels were on stake.
Shakuni threw the dice , and shouted: Yeah ! I won .
By the way, people treat Shakuni as a cheater but in reality, he was the best player.
Yuddhisthira was losing continuously yet, he had endless hope that he could win , but got a hopeless end.
When He lost all his properties then he called me : “Chhotu, Bring a glass of water.”
I said : “Dhamraj, Please stop this. What do you have now ? Take your bother along with you and run away.”
But , he kept Nakul and Sahdev as a stake and ….lost.
Shakuni called me: “Chhotu, make one peg.”
Yuddhisthir lost, all his brothers and at last, he lost himself.
By that time , Shakuni was high on drinks. He said : “Dharmraj, You have Draupadi. Keep her as a stake.”
And Yuddhisthira lost Draupadi too.
Now, Bhim was very angry . he said : Bhaiya , when you lost property , I did not tell a single word , Draupadi was not only your wife. I will burn your hand.”
Actually Bhim had more affection towards Draupadi, but she loved Arjun more.
When, Dushashan brought Draupadi in the Assembly . She said: “You are All intelligent people however, you all are sinners. When Yuddhisthira lost himself, how can he now kept me as stake? Where is your justice?”
Everyone was silent.
I asked : “What was Pandavas response?”
“They did not do anything, After the Vastraharan , She was about to curse everyone. Immediately Dhrisrastra handed over everything and released everyone.”
Duryodhana’s was nervous now. After few days Shakuni invited pandavs again to play.
And Foolish Yuddhsthira, though he knew that he will loose , he went for the game.
Duryodhan politics was successful this time. For the next 13 years, opposition was kicked out.
I was silent. That time , I started crying . When Pandavas were going towards jungle , They met my boss Lachhcchu ustad.
He said: “Dharmraj, You have 13 years of time now. At least make one of your brothers as a best gambler. Dice ruled over the Arrow and bow. If you want I can send one expert with you.”
Yuddhisthir did not listen and went towards the jungle.