V S Khandekar
Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust
The story of Yayati is perhaps one of the most intriguing and fascinating episodes of Mahabharata.
Yayati was a great scholar and one of the noblest rulers of olden times. He followed the shastras and was devoted to the welfare of his subjects. Even the King of Gods, Indra, held him in high esteem.
Married to seductively beautiful Devyani, in love with her maid Sharmishtha, and father of five sons from two women, yet Yayati unabashedly declares, 'My lust for pleasure is unsatisfied...'
His quest for the carnal continued, sparing not even his youngest son, and exchanging his old age for his son's youth...
Winner of The Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards.