Chandreyi's Warning Were Ignored by Prince Rudra Narayan
It was time for Prince Rudra Narayan Chaudhury to return to his kingdom. He was unaware of the problems of his kingdom, far away in the Gurukul, he and his brother were having their lessons. His brother Pratap Narayan had to stay for three more years, and this separation was making Rudra Narayan sad. However, there was no other way. For 3 more years, he had to stay away from his brother, his Tez. Yes, that’s the name he had given to his brother because he was wiser than anyone in the kingdom. Rudra Narayan was having all these thoughts in the morning before leaving the Gurukul, before meeting his teacher for the last time. He looked around and saw the classes taking place; he was there even a few days ago. Time fly so quickly, he sighed while having all this thought in mind. After a few moments, his teacher came. Rudra Narayan touched his feet to have his blessing when the old man suddenly felt something, something that can’t be expressed through words. The old teacher looked at the Prince intently and said, “Son, do you want to meet your brother, once?” The Prince was astonished to hear that his teacher never ever had talked about breaking the rules of the Gurukul, then what happened today! No, one in the Gurukul can meet the students when the classes are going on.
The questions in the Prince’s eyes were soon read by the old man, he said, “Meet him; you never know when you will meet him again? Meet your Tez, I will call for him.” Rudra Narayan was astonished but happy; he was looking for this opportunity only. Maybe God had listened to his prayers. Soon, Pratap Narayan came, he also had the same thought, but when two brothers were in front of each other, they shrugged off their feelings. They embraced each other in a deep hug, tears were not in their control, they were unable to speak even a word. With silent tears, they bade goodbye to each other.
On his way to the kingdom, Rudra Narayan thought of crossing the woods. While he was passing the forests, he saw many people of his kingdom had settled inside the wood. They were living a wretched life in poverty. This disturbed Rudra Narayan a bit, he thought of asking someone about this. He stopped his horse near a river. He thought of having some water first before asking someone about what’s going on in the woods. When he bowed down to have some water, a little girl’s voice stopped him, “don’t drink that water,” she said. Rudra Narayan was again surprised, he asked, “Why, I am thirsty,”
“Because I told you that’s why!” said the angry and the annoyed little girl.
“And who are you? Why should I listen to you?” asked Rudra Narayan with authority
“I am your sister, Chandreyi, your step mother’s daughter. Please, I beg you don’t drink that water.”
“How do you know who am I?” asked surprised Rudra Narayan
“Your sword told me that! Only the Prince in the kingdom can have that sword. Since, Pratap Narayan, I mean my second brother has not yet completed his term at Gurukul, then you must be Rudra Narayan, the eldest one, right?”
“Amazingly, right dear! You have won my heart with your intelligence and attention to details, but what’s with the water?”
“I live in this forest almost all the time, after my mother and that Prime Minister took over the kingdom and the whole palace, I hate living in that palace. Yesterday I saw my mother and that Prime Minister in the forest, I saw them doing something with the water, I heard your name too. My mother had magical powers and magical potions with her. She can do anything, she’s controlling the king, she can harm you, the kingdom needs you, you’re their only hope,” she said all these in one go. The Prince affectionately looked at the seven-year-old girl. Yes, they had heard of their sister, and they were quite happy about it. After all, what they lack was a sister, but Rudra Narayan never knew this girl would be so matured than her age. He affectionately stroked the hair of his sister. He said, “I understand something is wrong with the king, and something is definitely wrong with the kingdom. Maybe something has happened to my father, which is why maybe your mother has to take charge of the kingdom. I will go to the palace and investigate everything, and whoever is responsible I will punish him, or . . . her,” Rudra Narayan said, ‘her’ after a long pause. She has never met the Queen. Developing affection for her is impossible for him and his brother. But both of them love their father, and they can’t surely hate the woman their father love. However, something is definitely wrong with the kingdom; Rudra Narayan is sure about that, maybe the Queen is responsible for it. Still, he can’t poison the mind of a daughter against her mother, that’s the last thing he will do.
Chandreyi was about to say something more when Rudra Narayan knelt down and said, “Look, you should not say anything bad about your mother, she’s your mother, right? She loves you, child, you should also love her,”
“Even when I know she’s wrong, she’s evil. Sorry, I can’t! I am just begging you of one thing, please don’t drink that water, can’t you listen to me!”
Rudra Narayan now stood and started taking off his clothes, Chandreyi’s eyes popped out in astonishment. Rudra Narayan looked at her and said, “Your fear must be removed, else you will always have this hatred towards your mother. Now, I am not just going to drink that water, but I’m gonna take a dip in it,” by saying this, he jumped in the water. Chandreyi cried out loud and broke down into tears.
While Rudra Narayan was inside the water slowly, every incident of the past was fading away from his mind. The time spent in the Gurukul, the time spent with his father, and even his brother. Slowly, he was losing his consciousness and was drowning in the water when someone grabbed him and took him out of the water.
to be continued…