The following quote is from a column on religion from an old issue of The Hindu:
Ashwathama took a blade of grass, uttered certain incantations and sent it across his foes, saying: ``May the world be Pandava- less''. Later, it entered the womb of the wife of Abhimanyu and killed the growing child. At one stage, Ashwathama had the audacity to suggest that the divine discus held by the Lord be exchanged for his own `Astra'. For once, Krishna became furious and called Ashwathama as the most contemptible of all creatures born. ``I will give life to the child'' and the Lord (in human form) cursed him that he would have to wander in this world all alone, for a very long time, without a single companion and without a loving word from anyone.