Sassui Punhun folktale


Sassui Punhun - a folktale

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Sassui Punhun
(Sindhi: سَسُئيِ پُنهوُن, Sassui Punhun, Punjabi: ਸੱਸੀ ਪੁੱਨੂੰ, Sassi Punnun, Urdu: سسی پنوں , Sassi Punnun);
is most famous folktale of love told in the length and breadth of Sindh, Pakistan. This tragic love story, woven around historically two neighbouring regions of Sindh and Balochistan, depicts a new social structure evolving in the primitive Sindh that does away with the class differences. The story is about a faithful wife who is ready to undergo all kinds of troubles that would come her way while seeking her beloved husband who was separated from her by the rivals.

The story also appears in Shah Jo Risalo and forms part of seven popular tragic romances from Sindh. The other six tales are Umar Marui, Sohni Mehar, Lilan Chanesar, Noori Jam Tamachi, Sorath Rai Diyach and Momal Rano commonly known as Seven heroines (Sindhi: ست سورميون ) of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

This tragic story becomes for Shah the parable of seeker on mystical path who undergoes all kinds of tribulations in the quest of God whom he will find,at the end of the road, in his own heart,and Sassui, roaming in the wilderness and talking to the beasts,becomes something like feminine counter part Majnun who, demented by his longing for Layla,is taken by the mystics of Persian and Turkish tradition as paragon of true lover.
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ਆਲੀਸ਼ਾਨ ਲਾਉੰਜ -
ਕੰਧ 'ਤੇ ਤਸਵੀਰ
ਥਲ ਵਿਚ ਸੱਸੀ ਦੀ

plushy lounge -
painting on the wall
of Sassi in the desert

Surmeet Maavi


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***** . Haiku from Punjab .


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