Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Deosai: Land of the Giant

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I had dreamed of being on Deosai since 1984. Eventually got there in the summer of 1990. It was every bit like the descriptions I had read in 19th century travel and exploration literature: a vast open treeless expanse rolling in every direction until it ran into the rocky crags on its periphery. I was hooked. Thereafter I returned several times, mainly to be with the Himalayan Wildlife Foundation team working on the conservation of bears and other wildlife.

The text of this book was written in 2004. But never having considered myself a real photographer, I waited and waited and waited for the photography to materialise. Eventually my friend Nadeem Khawar, the well-known nature and wildlife photographer, who I call Guru, agreed to spend three months on Deosai. That was the summer of 2010 and Nadeem came back with the most priceless imagery ever.


I have attempted to tell the history and fable of this place whose history is until now unknown to the common person. As well as that, the bears which are the plateau’s signature species and have long been under great threat, are focused on.

If you ever wondered what the name Deosai means, you have to read the book. Although it is another thing that since I devised the title Land of the Giant, it has been used by others without so much as a thank you. As for the photography, I have to admit that my text is completely overshadowed by Guru’s work.

A lively smile and bright colours symbolise the spirit of Baltistan

My gratitude for Sang e Meel who are publishing this work is, as always, immense. Many thanks to M/s Niaz Ahmad, Afzaal and Ali Kamran. And of course a thank you to Aamir Ali who produced this eye-catching design.

Note: 'Deosai: Land of the Giant' is now available at Sang e Meel  [042-3722-0100].

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21 Comments:

At September 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM, Anonymous Saima Ashraf said...

Anyone stop Salman Rashid.......
Anyways congrats Salman............Title says I must read it if anyone buys it for me......Very good job indeed.

 
At September 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM, Anonymous Kausar Bilal said...

Congrats Salman for your new milestone!
Wish to read your books when life permits...

 
At September 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM, Blogger Sajini Chandrasekera said...

Congrats Salman. It is always a dream for a writer to publish his own book and if I can I will surely get hold of this a read it....

 
At September 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM, Anonymous Memoona Saqlain Rizvi said...

Congratulations and thank you for enriching our lives once again. When and where to buy it? Am asking as I found The Apricot Road to Yarkund at LLF.

 
At September 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Blogger Nayyar Julian said...

Congratulation sir on your ninth book.

 
At September 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Anonymous Ramla said...

Ok. This goes in my 'good books.'

 
At September 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you very much, everyone. The book will be available at Sang e Meel (042-3722-0100) as soon as it comes out early in October. There are few people in Pakistan who read - and fewer yet who read English. So, you, good people, are the Chosen Ones. Bless you.

 
At September 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

By the way, Wait till you see the photography by Nadeem Khawar. You'll forget the text. I promise you that.

 
At September 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM, Blogger Vinay Gakkhar said...

Congratulations, dear Salman bhai. May you continue to write! To enrich the travel-literature with your focussed & deftly crafted words! - Vinay Gakkhar

 
At September 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Vinay Bhai! Great to reconnect with you. Thank you very much.

 
At September 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM, Anonymous Tariq Malik said...

Waiting for the "treat" as it becomes due. In October, did you say? :)

 
At November 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM, Blogger syed akbar said...

can a common low paid avid reader have a chance of affording a reading habit?

 
At November 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM, Blogger syed akbar said...

job well done but it should be accessible to students too

 
At November 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Blogger Nasim Zehra said...

Must get this asap Insha Allah !

 
At December 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Blogger shaukat ali eshai said...

Sir,you would not believe it took me two weeks to get this book,I live in Murree so the problem.Finally I have this book,I have not read it yet the pictures have blown me I cant wait to start reading.Congratulations to you and to Mr.Khawer.Sir all I can say at the moment its ZABARDAST.Thank you for this wonderful gift.
Shaukat Ali Eshai.

 
At December 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM, Blogger shaukat ali eshai said...

Sir,you would not believe it took me two weeks to get this book,I live in Murree so the problem.Finally I have this book,I have not read it yet the pictures have blown me I cant wait to start reading.Congratulations to you and to Mr.Khawer.Sir all I can say at the moment its ZABARDAST.Thank you for this wonderful gift.
Shaukat Ali Eshai.

 
At December 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you, Shaukat Ali Eshai. I am very glad you approve of my dear friend Nadeem's work.

 
At December 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Blogger shaukat ali eshai said...

Finally I have read the book.Sad to know about the attitude of the local communities and the mismanagement of wild life department.
Both of you gentlemen have done justice to Deosai.
Your balanced writing covering all aspects and Nadeem Khawer's breathtaking photographs has made this book a Jewel of Deosai.
Well done gentlemen,I expect more Jewels from you both.
Wishing you both the very best.

 
At December 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM, Blogger shaukat ali eshai said...

Finally I have read the book.Sad to know about the attitude of the local communities and the mismanagement of wild life department.
Both of you gentlemen have done justice to Deosai.
Your balanced writing covering all aspects and Nadeem Khawer's breathtaking photographs has made this book a Jewel of Deosai.
Well done gentlemen,I expect more Jewels from you both.
Wishing you both the very best.

 
At December 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Thank you. You are very kind. And this is a very good review from you.

 
At July 3, 2015 at 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir,

The book look interesting and love you blog so much.. as i love traveling, I've wondering if the book is published in Malaysia

Jordao

 

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