буд набуд

буд набуд: once upon a time

Буд набуд, се бародар буд.
Once upon a time there were three brothers.
Буд набуд, дар замони қадим подшоҳе буд.
Once upon a time, in the olden days, there was a king.

Many Tajik fairy tales (афсонаҳо) start this way. There are lots online, including at this website – Мисол, and 4 more on Tajik wikibooks.

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