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The Unsung Warrior by Durgeshnandni Dash

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Here’s a short description about the book “Yuyutshu – The Unsung Warrior.”
YUYUTSHU was a warrior in Mahabharata. Despite of that, nowhere, no one knows more about him, about his life, about his sacrifices. We all know, Kauravas were 100 brothers, but another one was there from the prime maid of Gandhari,
named Sugadha. When Gandhari was carrying for long 2 years, in the fear of not having any child, any successor to his kingdom, Dhritarasta was suggested to have a child from Daasi Sugadha, and the child was named Yuyutshu.
He grew up with Kauravas & Pandavas, but being Daasiputra, always humiliated by his brothers. He was Krishna devotee and best friend of Bheema in Gurukul. He became one among the best warriors and could defeat millions alone.
He never wanted war, always tried to deviate Kauravas to abstain from the war, but failed. He stayed away from war field but was informing Pandavas about the plans. He was called a betrayer.
His life was full of challenges and hatred in every stage but he faced everything relying on Lord Krishna. He dedicated his entire life for the truth and righteousness.
He was the only Kaurava, who was alive.

Let’s dive into the interview with Durgeshnandni Dash to know her journey behind, ‘Yuyutshu the unsung warrior’

Can you tell us a little about your book?
In this book, the author wanted to recall our rich culture and belief during Dwapar Yug, through Mahabharata. The hero of this particular book is YUYUTSHU, who was one of the Kauravas but remained unknown for all.

Is there a specific event that inspired this story or was this an out of the blue idea?
Once I got to write up something about the lesser-known characters of Mahabharata, from there the idea clicked. I started to research and learn more about that time. It was so fascinating to know some of the events of Krishna yug, it took me deep and deep to learn from different scriptures. And I landed somehow with this book.

What got you writing in the first place?

The inspirations from my family, me near and dear ones.
This book I dedicate to my beloved late grandfather Mr Ganeswar Dash, who always encouraged me to be different, and stand tall in the crowd. The learning and writing habits originate from him.

What was your impression of your first draft when you read it?

It was like a dream to me, to write more, to bring in unknown facts, to acknowledge the youth what we were and what we are now.

Which part of your story connects the most with you? Why?

Analyzing life, self-analyzing, self-questioning, listening to the inner soul.
In everyone’s life a time comes when one can really connect to themselves, the realization happens and that’s the most important moment of life.
Everything around becomes meaningless in front of innercall, self- realization.


What makes your book the one to read?
It has a different prospective toward Mahabharat. It has many buried facts to know. The one which we say mythological, is not actually myths, those are the real facts.

What was the best advice you got while writing?
Self-belief, gratitude, more research, stability in thoughts, meditation…all these brought me up here.


Who’s your all-time favorite author? Which book of his/hers made you fall in love with them?

Dr Prativa Ray and her Jagyanseni. I have read this book many times and learnt a lot from it.

What is your evergreen tip to the writers out there?

Believe on yourself, keep yourself to open for learning from each and everything around and within.

What was your hardest scene to write?
When Krishna is left, I didn’t even dare to elaborate that part.

Do you have another plot brewing?
Yes.. skeptically.

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