Taaoos Chaman Ki Myna is an award-winning short story written by Naiyer Masud, an Urdu writer from Lucknow. The story is set in Lucknow during the mid-1800s. Wajid Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh, has a large cage full of beautiful mynahs in his garden in Qaisar Bagh. Kaley Khan is a poor employee in the Nawab's garden. The story follows the plight of Kaley Khan and his family, and specifically what happens when he steals one of the mynahs for his daughter, who has long been asking for one.
Naiyer Masud (born in 1936) is an acclaimed Urdu scholar and Urdu-language short story writer. He is the author of many scholarly books and translations (notably of Kafka) but is best known for his short stories, collected in the volumes Ganjifa, Simiya, Itr-e-kaafoor, and Taoos Chaman Ki Myna. For the last he was awarded the 2001 Urdu prize of the Sahitya Akademiand the Saraswati Samman in 2007.
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