Pakistan. Glimpses of Vistas, History and Culture

The cover picture is of River Indus near Skardu as it begins its long journey to the Arabian Sea. The Indus runs through one of the most spectacular and varied topographies in the world and along a geological fault-line, with its flow sometimes turbulent and at times serene as in this picture.

The Indus is an ancient river and was known to the early Greeks and Romans. The river evokes mystery and has given rise to myths and legends having been the cradle of the famed Indus Valley and Gandhara civilizations of antiquity and having inspired some of the most revered spiritual traditions nurtured by people who settled along its banks. Over the millennia, the Indus has been a unifier of people inhabiting its vast basin; but at times it has also been a dividing line between cultures and great empires. This richness, diversity and contrast define the soul of Pakistan that imbibes the moods and the spirit of this great river and represents a vibrant blend of tradition and modernity…