Porus replied that the treatment should the way a king treats another king. Alexander was greatly moved by such a reply. He has conquered so many kingdoms, but never came across such a reply from a defeated and humiliated king. Although, there were elements of drama in his comment, it also reflected some uniqueness that is not very often heard of. Alexander’s reaction was spontaneous; he was clearly moved by his dramatic comment. However, there was another element to it. The soldiers of Alexander have come thousands of miles from their home in Macedonia. There were clear signs of fatigue and weariness among them. They were not being able to adjust in this new climate, new subjects, and new culture and so on. Alexander was fully aware of the problem. Probably, that is why he gave a chance to Porus, which he did not give to another king he conquered. Alexander gave back limited autonomy to Porus and reinstated him as a Satrap of his own kingdom. Alexander left India and started to retreat with his soldiers west ward.
While retreating back towards west, he kept some garrison to defend the land. After the death of Alexander, his general killed Porus. Alexander and his glorious army came and stopped before the river Hydaspes (Jhelum). The weather was cloudy and gush of cool wind mesmerized Alexander. The positivity in the air was palpable and Alexander felt he will sure win…..most surely. Alexander: This is a land. I heard so many times from the travelers. At last, we have come here and our fate should surely lead us to conquer this mystique land. Alexander saw the enormous army stationed on the other side of the river.Alexander: They are mighty, but we are cleverer than them. We will defeat them by cunning. Alexander ordered his men to move away from the opposite army into the woods and then cross the river.Alexander: We will catch them by surprise. Our attack will be from the back. Their slothful elephants are too slow to respond quickly to our sudden attack.