Dosteen and Shireen is
probably the oldest romantic folk tale of Baluchistan.
Capture of Dosteen
It was a time when the Tataries were destroying the areas where Baluchi Rind tribes lived. Amongst the tribes, Dosteen was the bravest and he was engaged to the beautiful Shireen, who was the daughter of Mard Lal Khan. The marriage of Dosteen and Shireen was to take place soon, but the tataries attacked them by surprise. They could barely defend themselves; so most of their wealth was robbed; many Baluchis were captured; among them was Dosteen. He was taken far away and kept in a small and dark cell within a fort, where he spent several years.
for Dosteen to Return
Shireen and her parents
had been waiting all this time for his return, but after such a long time had
passed they sadly thought that they must have killed him. Eventually a proposal
was sent for her from another tribe which her parents accepted. Shireen was not
happy, but was bound by the traditions.
Impresses the Governor
Far away…Dosteen could
only think of Shireen. By chance one day the Governor of that area saw him and
was very impressed by his personality. So he appointed him the Sayees of the
Royal Horses. He worked under senior sayees and was given two horses. They were
very happy with his work, so one of his companions was released from prison and
put under his supervision.
Soon it was Eid, and
according to custom a horse race was to take place. The King had heard about
Dosteen, so he ordered that Dosteen and his trainee would participate in the
race as well. The race began and they rode so swiftly that soon were out of
sight. The King wanted them to be found and brought back. But no one was
successful in capturing them. The two riders safely reached their home after a
and Shireen get Married
After so many years they were finally free. Dosteen anxiously wanted to find out about Shireen. On their way they came across a sad looking Sheppard, who was sitting alone. Dosteen enquired the reason. He told him that years ago his elder brother had been taken prisoner, and now his betrothed was being married to someone else. Upon hearing this Dosteen recognized his brother and embraced him joyously. Then he went to Shireen’s house where the wedding preparations were in full swing. An area was reserved for poets. Dosteen took a place, and when it was his turn he asked for some musical instruments. As he started to sing, the crowd was mesmerized, whereas Shireen immediately recognized his voice and was ecstatic. When the people also came to know that he was indeed Dosteen, they were all overjoyed. The bridegroom to be, embraced Dosteen and told him that Shireen belonged to him and they both should get married. This was agreed by all, and some days later the long awaited marriage between Dosteen and Shireen was held.
Zubairi, Jamil, ‘Folk Tales of Baluchistan’, Royal Book Company (2002)