If only you were here


“Oh Krishna, if only you were here!” thought Draupadi. “Draupadi, the daughter of King Drupada of Panchala, the sister of the brave Drishtadyumna, your favorite Sakhi, your friend, the wife of the five Pandavas, would not have been humiliated so.”

“You would never have allowed Yudhishtira to place me, his wife, as a wager in the game of dice.”


Image courtesy: Google images search for ‘Draupadi’


This post is an imagining of what would have passed Draupadi’s mind when the Kauravas summoned her to the court after the game of dice and informed her that since Yudhishtira had lost her as a wager, she was now the slave of the Kauravas and they could do with her as they pleased. And if one goes by popular legend, Krishna heard her thoughts, and he miraculously helped her when Duhshasana tried to disrobe her in the court, in full view of everyone present.


Now, I will answer a question that many of us might have regarding this incident, why was Krishna not with the Pandavas during the game of dice.

Sometime earlier Krishna had killed Sishupala, his own cousin and foe, as part of his purpose as an avatar of Vishnu. Enraged by this, Salwa attacked Dwaraka to extract revenge for Sishupala’s death. Krishna therefore was busy fighting the armies of Salwa when Yudhishtira was invited for the game of dice by the Kauravas.


This post has been written as a part of Write Tribe’s 100 words on a Saturday – 5 prompt which is put up every alternate Saturday.

43 thoughts on “If only you were here

    • @Kalpana, my interest in Indian mythology is high and I have to do quite a bit of reading to ensure that these posts are as correct as they can be 🙂

      • No, not until now. Mahabharat is so complex, one needs time to explore it.
        Have you read ‘The Pregnant King’? the story is credibly embedded alongside Mahabharata. So There can be many possibilities.

      • @Praveen, that book has been on my shelf for quite a while now, have to get around to reading it sometime soon 🙂

    • @ashreyamom, no, this is not my interpretation. This is the reason mentioned by a lot of versions of Mahabharata as to why Krishna was not present at the game of dice. I am not an expert in this epic to interpret it myself 🙂

  1. Hi Jairam,
    From Mahabore to Mahabharath 😀
    That was a nice one 🙂
    And your articles at Parentous are really good and enjoyable.

    I am really interested in the epics, and I am sure, The Mahabharatha offers many angles of interpretation.
    Looking forward to more such articles.
    Cheers !!

    • @Sreeja, welcome to the blog, and trust me you have started reading the blog at a good time. The next few weeks are going to be post related to the Mahabharata in one way or the other 🙂

      • Hehe 🙂 thats great ;)But I have been reading the blog for some days now, but haven’t been able to comment on any due to some ‘firewall mama’ interrupting me all the time 😀 😀
        shall surely visit everyday for updates 🙂
        ( btw, we share the Thrissur part of the geography 🙂 )

      • @Sreeja, I think the firewall issue is resolved now given that you have managed to post 2 comments successfully 🙂 and it is good to know that someone from Thrissur is reading my blog 🙂

  2. Hello Jairam,
    Who knows Draupadi must have really mumbled those words. By the way thanks for telling us where Krishna was when the game of dice was going on. But then if Krishna was there am sure the story would have taken a different turn.

  3. I only know Mahabharata through Doordarshan. So, candidly speaking I could never relate to your posts or probably never tried too…goes over the head. However, somehow I could relate to this one. All I can say is I liked the way you used the prompt.

  4. I have read both these stories separately. Never thought they could have such a connection. wow..will surely hang around for more. 🙂 and yes…never thought why krishna was not there during the game :/ interesting…

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