||Dr. Abulhassan Mansoor Ahmed
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Alif Laila (The Arabian Nights) The Unrivalled and Evergreen Tales of the East (Translated by Dr. Abulhassan Mansoor Ahmed)
Alif Laila has inspired great English writers such as SIR RICHARD BURTON who translated the same in English for His Majesty - The Queen of England - Queen Victoria . The Internationally legendary book is a collection of marvelous stories that mostly originated from Arabia, Persia, and India. These stories were told and re-told even before 14 century. The original book Known as ARABIAN NIGHTS consists of 1001 stories including the world's most famous Tales such as "Haroon Rasheed aur arab larki, Basray Ka sodagar hassan ki Kahani, Maaldaar baghdadi aur is ki kaneez, Sodagar aur deo ki kahani"etc.. This book has lived through centuries, broken all political barriers and appealed to the old and young alike. This version of the book consists of 85 short stories.
SULTAN SHEHRYAR - kind considerate and just whose kingdom extended from Turkey to China. Due to infidelity of his wife had turned into a beast.He would marry a virgin everyday and with the first rays of the Sun - execute her in the morning. His revenge and hatred for women was satisfied with making a women bride only for one night.
Vazir's Daughter Sheharzade decided to make a human of this animal Sultan Shehryar - She decided to free and bring back woman's dignity in the Sultan's kingdom. Princess Sheharzade decided to marry Sultan Shehryar - even if she was to be his bride for only one day.Every night she narrated the Sultan one story - full of EASTERN WISDOM full of HUMAN GREATNESS and SACRIFICE - But every morning the story ended at a point which aroused the Sultan's curiosity as a child and he wanted to know further the fate of Haroon Rasheed aur arab larki or Basray Ka sodagar hassan ki Kahani - and hence every night Sultan Shehryar spared Princess Shehrazade's life for one more night This continued for 1001 nights.
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