This book is based on Ghaboosnameh or the book of Qabus which is a major work of Persian Literature from the eleventh century (c. 1080 AD). It includes different kinds of stories from ancient times. The stories outline noble education, manners, and conduct in ethical didactic prose.
A little girl does not like spaghetti. When she sees that mother has made spaghetti for dinner, she sulks and leaves the table. Doesn’t mother know that she doesn’t like spaghetti and salad? But mother says, “These dishes are not really spaghetti and salad!”
In this story, mother uses her creativity and imagination in the art of decorating and presenting food in appetizing animal shapes to delight her child.
Once, an old bird hunter went to the wood to open-up his trap. He came across a golden bird captured in his snare. He seized the bird and put it in his pouch. Suddenly, the bird began to converse with the hunter and said: “Hey man, I have four chickens waiting to be fed by me. Make me free and I promise to fulfill your wishes instead whatever they are.
The old man replied, “I’m tired of living in a ruined mill, and I really wish I could get rid of this misery to live forever with my wife in a very clean house”.
The golden bird said, “Let me free, so I will make your wishes come true.” The old man let the bird go.
The golden bird took the old man and his wife to a very beautiful villa near the sea and the wood with a great view and provided all they needed to be comfortable there.
The old man and his wife became so happy because their lives had changed in a day, but it was not long before the wife wanted to ask for something more…
Saʿdī Shīrāzī, was a major Persian poet and prose writer of the medieval period. He has been quoted in the Western traditions as well. Bustan is considered one of the 100 greatest books of all time according to The Guardian.
Gypsies or travelers left India in eleventh century AD., migrating west to Iran and the Arabian peninsula.
They developed a reputation for nomadic life style and a highly insular culture. Much of what is known about the culture comes through stories told by singers and oral histories .
They have passed these songs down the generations considering the four essential elements in nature ...