Atharvin sadi mein Mughliya dor kay duran aik Tulla naame kumhar kay ghar aik khoobsorat larke paeda howe thee. Bache kay husn ke munasbit se us ka naam “Sohni” rakha gya thaa. Woh gharana zaat ka Kumhar aur Gujran, Punjab mein rehte thee. Bare hone kay baad Sohni apne baap ke bartano ke sajawat kerne mein maddad kerne lag pare thee. Kehte hain un ke dukan darya kay qareeb Rampyari Mahal kay qareeb thee.
Aik ameer tajir Shehzada Izzat Baig jis ka taluq Bukhara, Uzbekistan se thaa karobar kay silsale mein Punjab aaya howa hota aur Gujran qayaam kerta hai. Woh Gujran mein Sohni ko dekhta aur us kay husn ka garweda ho jata hai. Apne sone kay sikko ke hifazat kerne ke bajaye woh Sohni kay erdgird mohabbat se mandlata rehta hai. Shehzada Izzat Baig apne sare sikke matte kay bane jug aur mug kharedne mein he kharch ker dena chahta hai. Sohni bhi Shehzade pe apna dil haar baethate hai. Bartano pe sajawat kerne ke bajaye woh apne sapno kay mehal tameer kerne lag perte hai. Dosre terf Shehzada Izzat Baig apne qafle kay saath wapis jane ke bajaye Tulla kay gharelo nokar ke nokre shoro ker deta hai. Woh un ke bhans churane kay liye bhi le jaya kerta hai. Us ka naam he Mehar/ Mahiwal (bhans churane wala) dal jata hai.
Sohni aur Mahiwal ke mohabbat Kumhar baradare mein hangama barpa ker dete hai. Yeh baat un kay liye qabil-e-qabool nahain thee kay un ke baradare ke larke kissi dosre zaat ya baradahi mein beyahi jaye. Lahaza, Sohni kay waldaen foran us ka rishta taa ker dete hain. Jub kumhar dulha ban kay Sohne ko beyahne aata hai to Sohni khud ko bohat baybus aur majboor mehsoos kerte hai.
Sohni ke shadi kay baad Mahiwal mara, mara phirta rehta hai aur Sohni kay susrale ghar kay qareeb darya kay paar aik jhonpre mein rehaeshpazeer ho jata hai.
Raat ke tareke mein jub sub so ge hote thee to yeh 2 chahne wale darya kay zariyay mulaqat ker sakte thee. Mahiwal darya kay kinare aaa sakta thaa aur Sohni us se milne kay liye aik ghare ko ulta ker kay taa k woh dobe na us mein baeth kay aaa sakte thee. Mahiwal baqadgi se machale pakarta thaa aur Sohni ko deta thaa. Kehte hain aik dafa taez mojo ke wajah se machle na pakre gaye to Mahiwal ne apne ran kat le aur usse paka leya. Sohni ko pehle to es ka pata na chala leakin us ne jub Mahiwal ke tang pe haath rakha yeh batane kay liye kay aaj machle ka zaeqa badla howa hai to phir usse haqeeqat ka pata chala to phir who bohat roye thee.
Sohni aur Mahiwal ke romanwi mulaqato ke afwahe phalna shoro ho gaye thee. Aik din Sohni ke nand ne Sohni ka peecha keya aur woh jaga dekh le jaha Sohni apna ghara chupa ker rakhte thee. Agle din Sohni ke nand ne asle ghare ko hata ker taza kache mitte ka ghara rakh deya. Sohni jub us kay ander baeth kay darya kay ander utarte hai to doob jate hai. Mahiwal usse dobta dekh leta hai aur usse bachane kay liye darya mein chalang laga leta hai. Dono akathe jee to nahain sake leakin akathe mar jate hain.
Sohni aur Mahiwal ke lashain Shahdadpur, Sindh, kay qareeb Darya-e-Sindh mein mil jate hain. Sohni ke aramgah Shahpur Chakar Road, Shahdadpur pe tamir keg aye howe hai aur hazaro chahne wale waha jate hain.
The tragic story of Sohni – Mahiwal by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai tells the tale of two forbidden lovers who would do anything to be together. It begins with Sohni, and her unhappy marriage. Sohni looked out over the glistening waters of the river. The last remnants of the sun danced off the surface as she waited. She had to wait until it was completely dark. If her husband caught her then it would all be over for her. She would never be able to see the man that she truly loved again. She was startled when her husband shouted to her from the house. She ran back inside looking longingly over her shoulder to the house across the river. The facade of love was easy to keep up, even though she despised her husband. She said the right things and made the right faces until he was asleep and then she set off on the journey that she made every single night. She took a hardbaked, earthenware pitcher, just like the one she used to decorate for her father before she had been forced to marry that horrible man. As she swam across the river, using the pot to keep her afloat, she thought about Mahiwal.
She remembered the first time they had met, when he came to Gujran for the first time. He bought her earthenware pots every day, just so he could see her. Instead of returning to his home he decided to stay with Sonhi. The two began a love affair and they thought that they would be happy together for the rest of their lives. But it was not to be, she was not allowed to marry an outsider and so she had ended up married to a man that she hated so. On her wedding day she had thought that was the end for her and Mahiwal, but he was determined to be with her. His name was Izzat Baig then, but he relinquished his old life i.e. rich trader of Bukhara, Uzbekistan and moved into a hut across the river from Sohni’s house where he began herding buffalo. Every night since then, they had met under the cover of darkness to express their love. But Sohni and Mahiwal were not careful enough and soon rumours began to spread.
Her sister in law, angry about their secret affair, crept into the place where Sohni kept her earthenware pot and replaced it with an unbaked one. Mahiwal was watching her cross from the other side of the river when he saw the pot dissolve underneath her. He could not simply stand by and watch his true love drown so he dived into the river to save her but it wasn’t to be. The two forbidden lovers went to rest together for eternity and the bottom of the river. Their bodies are buried in Shahdadpur and is frequently visited by young lovers.