Who doesn’t know about the stories of ‘The Thousand & One Nights’ or ‘Alf laylah wa laylah’ in Arabic, which is popularly known as ‘The Arabian Nights’?
But still if some of you who don’t know…here is a brief introduction to this amazing world.
Once upon a time there lived a king, named Schahriar, who discovers his wife’s unfaithfulness towards him and has her executed.
This incident leaves him in a state of mind to distrust the entire womankind. He started a barbarous practice of marrying a different virgin every day and to get them executed the next morning. This continues until the day when the King finally gets married to his Vizier’s daughter Scheherazade. As per the rules she should also be executed the next morning, but here comes the twist in the story.
On her wedding night, Scheherazade weaves an enchanting tale to entertain her husband and to keep herself alive. She does not end the story; she leaves her husband in suspense and ends the tale with a cliff-hanger ending. As Schahriar wants to know how the story ends, he cannot kill her. The trick worked and she successfully lives to see another day. This process continues for 1,001 nights. She tells stories about romances, tragedies, and epic adventures. Often, one of her characters will tell his own story, creating an embedded narrative.
Written originally in Arabic, The Thousand and One Nights is a collection of various Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales, including the renowned stories of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” “The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor,” and “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp.” Many different versions of the tales exist. In some, there are a few hundred tales, while in others; there are 1,001 or more stories.
Q: Which story is your fav Aladdin’s or Alibaba’s?
अलिफ़ लैला, अलिफ़ लैला, अलिफ़ लै…ला
हर शब्द, नई कहानी
दिलचस्प है बयानी,
सदियाँ गुज़र गयीं हैं,
लेकिन ना हो पुरानी..