The Castle of Tajbegum

Nafisa goes with her cusin, Jamshid to the castle to visit Lalo Mama. When they reach the yard of the castle, Lalo Mama welcomes them. Nafisa has a picture postcard and says that the picture is one of the ancient castles of Kabul and says that her father says that one of the queens was living in this castle.

Lalo Mama takes them inside the castle and there he opens a window for his guest’s information.


In the window, the reporter of the castle says that there are many ancient castles in Kabul, one of them is the castle of Taj Begum, and then she asks some juveniles about the castle of Taj begum. Basir says that the Tajbeg castle is in Darulaman, Kabul city. Manila says, “I don’t know about the mentioned castle but I want to know about it.”

The reporter says, “The castle of Tajbegum has nice scenery and is located in the south-west of Kabul city on the top of a hill. It’s one of the historical castles of Afghanistan. It's told that queen Suraya, the wife of King Amanullah Khan was living for sometimes in the mentioned castle.

Then the reporter asks Mustafa Nawid, spokesperson for the national development company of Afghanistan talks about this castle, “The castle of Tajbegum (known as Tajbeg castle) is one of the historical monuments of Afghanistan. This castle is about two-decades old. Once it was destroyed in the war and then King Amanullah Khan reconstructed it and his wife, queen Suraya was living in it for sometimes.

This castle was destroyed for the third time during the last 40 years of war in Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan reconstructed it and it has 3 floors and about 67 living rooms are in the castle.

Lalo Mama closes the window. Jamshid points to Nafisa’s postcard and says that Nafisa keeps ancient objects. Nafisa says that old is gold but  Jamshid says he doesn’t know about this proverb.

Lalo Mama says that most proverbs have stories and then he opens a window about this proverb.


In the window, a mother explains to her daughter the story of the proverb “old is gold”.

Lalo Mama closes this window too.