Monday, January 18, 2010

Wonderful new translation of the Compressed Tilism-e Hoshruba

Please buy this---the best possible introduction to the Tilism-e Hoshruba from which we perform Dastans... Easy to read, fluent and deeply engrossing. A huge achievement.

A pioneering translation of a much loved epic fantasy from the subcontinent

The complete story made available in English for the first time

Penguin Books India



The Enchantment of the Senses

Translated from Urdu by Shahnaz Aijazuddin

Shahnaz Aijazuddin has done something remarkable’—Intezar Hussain, Dawn

Tilism-e-Hoshruba is an epic narrative of the adventures of the legendary Persian hero Emir Hamza—the protagonist of Hamza Nama—his sons and grandsons. The epic opens with the commander-in-chief of the Islamic army, Hamza, pursuing Laqa, who makes false claims to divinity. Laqa takes refuge in Kohistan, adjacent to the enchanted land of Hoshruba, ruled by the formidable King of Sahirs, Afrasiyab Jadoo. Afrasiyab reveres Laqa and deputes his sahirs or wizards to help him fight Hamza.

Hamza’s grandson Asad then sets out to conquer Hoshruba, assisted by the clever trickster Amar, who possesses divine artefacts such as a cloak of invisibility and a magic pouch containing parallel worlds. Though aided by powerful allies and beset at every step by magical snares, dangerous enchantments and seductive sorceresses, the Islamic army finally conquers Hoshruba.

Tilism-e-Hoshruba has enthralled generations of readers with its chivalrous heroes, breathtakingly beautiful princesses, powerful sahirs, sahiras and demons, and their deepest and darkest magics.

This brilliant condensed translation by Shahnaz Aijazuddin sensitively reinterprets the highly-Persianized Urdu of the original text into this eminently readable book that retains the essence of the original.

Penguin Classics Rs. 650

About the Translator

Shahnaz Aijazuddin is an accomplished writer who lives in Lahore, Pakistan. Through this pioneering translation distilling a lengthy text spread over seven volumes, she shares the enduring enchantment of Tilism-e-Hoshruba with a wider readership. Her first book Lost from View was published in 1994.

The translator- Shahnaz Aijazuddin is available for email interviews;

For more information or to schedule an interview with the author please contact Smriti Khanna-Mehra at 9999003025 or

Dastangoi at MAAGH MELA, Allahabad

Rana and Usman will narrate the story of Azar Jadu today, 18th January, at the Magh Mela at Allahabad in what will be a truly unique Sangam by the banks of the Ganga...Watch this space for what happened and how...