Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ch 269 - Dyuta Parva

269 chapter (overall). Ch 44 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 269 (overall), chapter 44 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)

In this chapter, Shakuni first chides Duryodhana for feeling jealous towards Yudhishtra and the Pandavas. He then reveals Yudhishtra's weakness for gambling, and his own prowess in it, and advises Duryodhana to get his father, the blind king Dhritarashtra, to invite Yudhishtra to a game of dice (dyuta).
Note that at no point does Shakuni claim that he will cheat, or that he will use crooked dice. He wants to exploit Yudhishtra's weakness for gambling, combined with an ineptitude in the game. I do not see anything crooked in it, yet. Possibly unwarrior-like, but still...

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I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata) (Amazon.comKindleFlipkart)

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