Translation: Denis Matringe
This book is a tragic tale of all-consuming love : Sassi is abandoned by her father, the Rajah of Bhambor, and welcomed into the home of two laundry women. She falls passionately in love with Punnu, the Prince of Ketch, who, in turn, falls in love with Sassi. However, his brothers trick him into returning to Ketch. Sassi dies while wandering in the desert in search of her love. Punnu finds her grave and dies of grief on her tomb. Written at the end of the eighteenth century, this is the masterpiece of Hasam Sah. Denis Matringe sets the story in its epoch and in the Punjabi cultural tradition. The Punjabi text is written in Arabo-Persian script.