Travel writers are geographers too
16 April 2013
posted by Salman Rashid @ 8:00 AM,
- At April 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM, Kausar Bilal said...
Another interesting and informative post. Actually, unfortunately, we never had a practical knowledge of Geography, and, because of all theory, Geography has been the most hated subject at our schools. It is one of the major reasons that Pakistani don't appreciate travelogues, because they can't develop a picture in their minds through the words they read on the Geography of an area. I believe, it should be taught at school in a way where students can view and apply some of its knowledge and enjoy it. Then, they will be able to appreciate it.
- At April 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Very astute observation. There is one more angle: in Pakistan we do not have good atlases or road maps. We are a security state and everything is secret. So the good maps that you can buy across the counter in the West are not available to you in the country. But now all the silly security business is shot to pieces by websites such as the one maintained by the University of Texas where you can download all U-502 sheets of Pakistan as well as other charts.
- At May 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Saima Ashraf said...
Yes, ''geography is the essence of travel writing'' agreed.
- At May 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Thank you, Saima
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