Can a passing trader fall in love?
Fall as deeply as the depth of a river?
Fall in love with the handmade pottery
With the hands of his beloved Sohni
Walking down the road to the nearby pottery shop
To buy some glimpses of her glowing face
He spent all his wealth and lost his heart
Somewhere in the town of Kumhars
Can a daughter of a pottery maker fall in love?
Fall in love other than her tribesmen?
Fall in love with the taste of fish
The fish Mahival used to cook for her
Crazy unrighteous lovers, I judged
Deceiving the world till the river revealed
Revealed the mysterious, mournful tale of them
Oh, Sun! Set down! The night is waiting to see the real lovers together!
The voyage is ready to unite the distance of a journey of love
Having an awaited lover across the river
With the unparallel distance of miles apart
Without catching eye of the people from where she departs
Love would travel the river of risks in the mid of dark
Oh, clouds! Cover the Moon! So she could join the violent flow of river
Let her go by the water on a piece of mud
And find her Mahival standing ahead
Crazy faithful lovers, I assume
Having a strong mutual feeling to see one another
With no certainty of encountering death
The genuine emotions are always ready to face the ventures
As truth is always disliked and that’s a law of the entire world
So the poor lovers neglected it too
And she traveled on the piece of mud which was more like a sliver
Oh, my Dearest! I am coming; I am coming as I promised to
I am coming as I am longing to see you
I am coming no matter how severe the circumstances might become
I am coming, I am coming
Keep your eyes on the drowning person, that’s me, you’re Sohni
I am coming for you
And water dissolves everything with that I acquired
Whether it be a piece of mud or a story of love
So the river met the storm and together conspired
Oh, mud! Do not dissolve
Let her reach her beloved’s hut as she has promises to keep
And by the passage of time it more devolved
Mahival from across the river saw
His Sohni stuck into the mid of chaos
He dived to save her last breath
He jumped, he slimed in the inviting death
He dives to tell her that he loves her
And the final worldly meeting swallowed them both in the depth of river
Soon the unrighteous tale of two crazy lovers was a sample of trueness
Soon the lovers were together somewhere deep in the river
Soon the world realized the misconception of prohibition!
Side Note: I was always intrigued with the story of Sohni Mahiwal. This was the first story I remember hearing. The part where Mahiwal cuts off a piece of his thigh just so his beloved can eat was something that slightly grossed me out but also made me feel the sense of devotion he had for Sohni. It was this sacrifice that showed just how deep their love was. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include the part where Sohni gets married and meets Mahiwal on the sly because I don’t like this part of the story. I think this adulterous act makes Sohni’s character flawed. Unlike the other stories, I did not find many variants of this one. The versions I found related the same details. This made it easy to compile the story into one version. When hearing this tale as a child, I enjoyed the setting of the tale and the rustic feel of the whole story. I hope you enjoyed it too. I included a picture that clearly shows how Sohni would travel with the earthenware pot because I had a hard time picturing this as a child.