The tragic legend of bajirao and mastani

Royal affairs have always fascinated writers, historians, poets and filmmakers. From Tristan and isolde to salim and anarkali, forbidden romances became a inspiring subject for operas, plays, television serials and movies. Among all love stories, the tragic love story of peshwa bajirao and mastani gets a special attention in pages of history. Soaked in tears and blood, this love story of maratha warrior bajirao also faced severe heart breaking opposition from his family and society. The valour of shrimant peshwa bajirao was so great that even foreigners respected him for his courage, intelligence, knowledge and strategic warfare. No less than Napoleon Bonaparte and Alexander, peshwa bajirao fought and won 41 battles, conquering many territories for maratha empire. Even though shahu maharaj was the titular ruler, the real power and administration was in the hands of peshwa bajirao.

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Bajirao was a epitome of courage and inspiring symbol for marathas until mastani came in his life. Bajirao was at the peak of his career when a request for help came from king chattrasal of bundelkhand. Bajirao marched with his troops to bundelkhand and liberated the land by defeating Mohammed Khan bangash in 1729. Bajirao stayed in bundelkhand as a guest of raja chattrasal and this is where his eyes met mastani. Mastani was the daughter of chattrasal and ruhanibai. A princess of rajput clan, mastani was a skilled dancer, singer and well expert in horse riding, sword fighting and spear throwing. Their series of meetings developed in love and this romance ironically was the start of downfall of bajirao’s supremacy.

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Bajirao was already married to kashibai and had two children – nanasaheb and raghunath. Though he took mastani with him to shaniwarwada, the royal palace of peshwas, bajirao was well aware that his relationship with mastani will never be accepted. His instincts were true. Mastani’s arrival in shaniwarwada sparked a controversy, labelling her as a mistress of bajirao. The dark phase of stress had already begun in bajirao’s life when he was constantly kept away from mastani. Bajirao’s mother radhabai strongly opposed mastani and never accepted her relationship with peshwa. Even bajirao’ brother chimaji appa severely criticized bajirao for this act.
To make matters worse, murderous attacks were made on mastani and her child, but it was bajirao who protected her from these attacks.

The valiant bajirao was a heart broken man who couldn’t do anything for his beloved love and his new born child – shamsher.

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Death of bajirao and mastani – according to legends, the separation of mastani had already started affecting the health of bajirao – both physically and mentally. The strains of battlefields and emotional stress were bringing bajrangi close to his end. During one of his tour to khargaon, bajirao suffered heat stroke and was confined to bed due to fever. Bajirao breathed his last in April 1740, hoping for the last glimpse of his beloved – mastani. The news of bajirao’s death was a shocking blow on mastani who was now imprisoned in chains on orders of nanasaheb , the elder son of bajirao. As per historical sources and documents, mastani committed suicide by drinking poison. Some historians even tell that mastani died by jumping in the funeral pyre of peshwa bajirao. Thus ended the tragic romance of bajirao and mastani which was never approved by society. No matter how infamous their love was, bajirao and mastani will be remembered forever.

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Adaptation – the tragic love story of bajirao and mastani was a inspiration for the Marathi writer n.s. inamdar who wrote the popular novel – Rau. The new movie bajirao-mastani directed by sanjay leela bhansali is based on bajirao and mastani.

Had bajirao not met mastani, the history would have been different. His affection for mastani became his unforgiving flaw which he repented by his untimely tragic death. Mastani lived only to be opposed, criticized and scorned because she belonged to other religion. Sadly, if the world had realized that love is above religion, caste and custom, then there wouldn’t have been honour killings and the lovers wouldn’t had to commit suicide.

Love lives forever.

Life has to be understood backward, but lived forward

A person living in past becomes a past – thought

What a realistic and beautiful thought !!! The person who lives in his old memories can never grow up in life. Our day to day challenges of life have engineered our mind and body to think for future and live for today – working rigorously to meet the needs of ourselves and our family. Somewhere in chaotic lifestyle, the working person has lost the grip of time and forgotten the best days he lived in the past.

For a career-oriented person, thinking about past may be impractical, but for a emotional person, past is bliss. Many renowned artists, authors and playwrights have used nostalgia as a element to showcase their work. For example – the book adventures of tom sawyer was based on experiences of author mark twain. Through his books – Oliver twist, great expectations and David Copperfield, author Charles dickens highlighted the struggles he underwent while working as a child labour. Books like swami & friends, charulata (short story by tagore), malgudi days, little women are based on the best days the writers lived during their childhood and youthful times.

In memories, love lives forever – quote

The situations of our present life is based on our past actions. If we had really been hardworking in our pastimes, our present life is comfortable and secured. But at the same time, if we had been lethargic in our past days, the bad impact shows in our present life. We should stay in present, but also take a time out to glance at our past and compare our situations. If you are struggling in present day, the happy moments of your past will give you strength to face the adversity of life with smile. Such is the power of being nostalgic.
Whenever I feel depressed, low and discouraged, I take a moment to relive the best days of my life – the first day of school, childhood friends, qualifying moments and the unforgettable smile of my first sweetheart. Though these moments and people are not with me, but their memories give me strength to carry on in my life.  For matured people, living in past may be like lying in graveyard while on the contrary, reliving the past is like strolling in the garden full of greenery for soulful and emotional individuals. Every person looks towards life based on his nature, character, experiences and maturity and ultimately it is his actions that determines his future.

Through this article, I wanted to share my thoughts on this quote and highlight the significance of present and nostalgia of yesterday. Hope you all will connect with this article and recall the best, inspiring moments of your life.

Happy reading
Prashant

Highs and lows of 2015

It seems like ages staying away from writing for almost 3 months. Finally after long wait of 3 months I couldn’t resist my impulse to record my thoughts on my word document. My personal priorities, job hunt and race to bring life back on track took me good 3 months, but I was really out of action, away from myself – the writer who always has some story to say.

It feels fresh to be back on writing table with a new zeal, refreshing enthusiasm to tell a new, inspiring story that would change your life on a positive note. 2015 has been a roller coaster ride, full of encouraging highs and depressing lows.

Highs of 2015 –
My journey of blog writing has been a encouraging high in 2015, filled with new stories – the blue umbrella by Ruskin bond, chanakya’s chant and matured articles on relationships. Yes, of course, my WordPress blog was flooded with praising comments from my readers all over the world. Some of my old articles written in 2010 have been read with great curiosity even today. I am really thankful to all my readers for showing their love through their comments. It also been a good year to read different books on mythology, politics and motivation. I thoroughly enjoyed reading chanakya’s chant, Krishna key, Karna’s wife and there are several other books which are on my wish list. Bagging a new job in a e-commerce company was another high point for me.

Lows of 2015 –
Losing the inspiring companionship of maternal uncle was the most lowest phase in 2015. It was the most depressing part of 2015. I hope that his soul rests in peace and we always remember him in our happy and sad moment. Resigning from my old ecommerce company was a severe blow on me. After a stable phase of 3 years, I had to take drastic decision  to leave the company. Though I resigned, I really miss those beautiful years I spent in my workplace. Some good moments in your life always give you the strength to move forward in life.

Overall, it was a bumpy ride, path full of potholes of difficulties. But in the phase of high and lows, I learnt a lot in 2015, both personally and professionally. I hope that God gives me the strength and courage to continue my journey of writing with determination and hope to grow in life as a acclaimed writer someday.

Happy reading
Prashant badiger