Yusuf Khan and Sherbano

Yusuf Khan And Sherbano

Yusuf Khan and Sherbano

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Along with Adam Khan and Durkhanai, Yusuf Khan and Sherbano is considered a famous Pashtun folktale on par with Romeo and Juliet.


The story, written by the pashtun poet from Ismaila Ali Haider Joshi, goes as follows:

Yousaf Khan was a handsome young man. The people of Turlandi claim their village to have been his home. His father Mahmud Shah had died and left young Yousaf Khan with the responsibility of supporting his mother and his sister Boolanda. He would hunt and bring home fresh meat for them every other day.

Yousaf Khan would go hunting in the Kharamar hills. Now nearly barren, the hills are said to have been thickly covered in trees and thorny thickets, with lots of wild olive trees, and among this forest roamed dear, partridges, rabbits and hares. He would take his fathers hunting dogs, head to the hills and bring back what he had hunted. These dogs were very loyal and being his fathers, Yousaf Khan took great care of them. He made them beautiful collars, that were hung with silver bells. The jingle of those bells would alert everyone to the coming and goings of the handsome man on his travels.

On his way to his hunting grounds, Yousaf Khan would pass through a village, and it was in this village that he one day saw a very beautiful girl called Sher Bano. How they first met I do not recall, but have heard that Sher Bano would eagerly wait for the jingle of the dogs collars heralding his arrival to her village. They never spoke to each other, but quietly stole...
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