By Sarathi Guha(03 Apr 2008)
At that time king Asoka was on the throne of India. There lived a girl named Sulekha in a village in the distant hill. She was living with her brother Arup. A cowherd of same villlage was known to Sulekha. Sulekha's mother always wanted her to be married in a rich man's house. But Arup used to tell Sulekha that a poor villager's love was enough for her. Days passed on. Sulekha's mother arranged for a job for Sulekha in king Asoka's court. Before leaving Sulekha requested Arup to find a job for himself in king's court also. King Asoka's sidekick was Ushinar. Ushinar was fond of wine and women. One day Asoka went to the forest in the evening he lost his way and the horse brought him in front of a hut. The hut was of a sage Brahmin Maheswar. Asoka begged for shelter from him for that night. Asoka did not disclose his identity he said he was a servant of the king but Maheswar refused to give him shelter as he thought King Asoka was a bad king. Few days later king's men brought chained Maheswar in front of king Asoka in his court for trial. Maheswar wanted to know on what ground Asoka had brought him chained and according to him Asoka was insulting Hinduism. King Asoka being perturbed immediately unchained the Brahmin and told him that he would agree to all his complains in one condition and the condition was that the Brahmin would act as king for one year and he had to run the kingdom properly and so Maheswar became the King. Maheswar was ruling the country very efficiently. A conspiracy was going on very secretly. Ushinar was thinking of killing Asoka and waiting to become king. One night Asoka wanted to roam around the city in disguise. He called Ushinar. Ushinar was then drunk and listening Sulekha's singing he forcibly brought Sulekha in his room. Arup was a servant in the king's palace. Arup came to call Ushinar and found Sulekha there. Next morning everybody found Ushinar's dead body in front of the palace gate. Arup was found guilty in the trial. Maheswar ordered for life sentence. But Arup did not kill Ushinar so he was free and he got Sulekha also.