Guide to Pakistan
12 June 2013
posted by Salman Rashid @ 12:00 AM,
- At June 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM, said...
Those who don't know Pakistan write and those who know the country inside out don't. Loss is ours.
- At June 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM, Carol Yates Wilkerson on FB said...
I like that you said that. I think the terrorists are the bane of any nation. I'm sure Pakistan is a beautiful nation, as are many others.
- At June 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Jamshed, Who are these people who write without knowing the country? And who that don't write?
- At June 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Carol, In 199, two young British friends, Pauline and Karen, wanted to go somewhere. I suggested Kaghan. They got on the bus and somewhere near Mansehra en route, got talking to this chap who said he was from Indus Kohistan (bad, bad land) and invited them to spend their holiday with him and his family. Later, even as the girls were narrating, I got this terrible thing in my stomach. In brief, they had a regular ball with this man and his family; pampered bloody sick, they were. This is what the real people of this land are made of.
- At June 12, 2013 at 9:11 PM, said...
When living in a society that doesn’t appreciate the written word, it’s difficult for writers to decide what approach will work. Sometimes it’s better to respect society’s boundaries, and sometimes it’s important to break them. Different writers have different ways of dealing with these topics. You research and bring out the hidden facts, history and everything associated with the places you write about. Only a few people are interested in that kind of quality work. On the other hand, I know some Urdu writers, who write what people want. I am sure, if those writers are asked, they will grab the opportunity to write guides without having adequate knowledge. Thanks that no one asks them because, sadly, we don’t have a developed travel industry yet.
- At June 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM, Saima Ashraf said...
Yes it should be different from cuisine
- At June 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Jamshed, Writers must not respect social boundaries and write what is political correct or what people want to read. Ordinary people are just that: ORDINARY. The writer should be above that to write what is true and right. If not, how does the writer educate ordinary people?
In Urdu travel writing the norm is to fill pages with rubbish about meeting women who admire the writer for his resemblance with some ugly Greek god and now recently with Hemingway. Never with his own self! This is what I call the Fourth Grade after summer break essay.
- At June 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM, Nayyar Julian said...
Yes, your writing is a true guide to Pakistan. Your books say it all.
- At June 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM, said...
You have a very rich blog here. Each story is so deeply researched and so lovingly written. I have a question: How safe is Pakistan for an English woman who wants to visit Pakistan alone and see usual places like Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and some old places like Harrapa and Mohenjo Daro?
- At June 20, 2013 at 3:26 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Gretta, I should wobble my hand, palm down, as an answer to your query. For the time being leave Karachi out, perhaps even Peshawar (despite its lure). But Lahore, Moen jo Daro, Harrapa are OK. Please email me (it's given on the home page of this blog) and let's see how I can help.
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