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  • Title: Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
  • Author: Alice Albinia
  • ISBN: 9780393338607
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation A journey of astonishing confidence and courage Rory Stewart One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cem Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation A journey of astonishing confidence and courage Rory Stewart One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistan s fractious union Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative The Guardian leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today Like Rory Stewart s The Places In Between, Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people 18 illustrations
    Empires of the Indus The Story of a River Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation A journey of astonishing confidence and courage Rory Stewart One of the largest rivers in the world the Indus rises in the Tibetan m

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    1. Alice Albinia s book is one of the best book in the travel literature genre that I ve read in recent times Wanderlust, astonishing sense of adventure, and a never ending hunger to gather little known facts and the history of every place she visits is what makes her such a brilliant travel writer A lot of research has gone into the making of the book, and it is evident from the numerous journals, books and ancient scripts she quotes to emphasize her findings It s the best kind of book with such a [...]

    2. So let man consider of what he is created He is created of water pouring forth Qur anThis piece of text above from a religious scripture is but a reverberation of an undeniable fact that life began in water and that is sustained by water Most creation myths and the science behind evolution also nod their heads in assent about these seemingly god like powers of this confluence of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen It was then only natural that the first forms of human habitation took root ne [...]

    3. This is a wonderful book, a triumphant mix of history and travel told in a very engaging way Alice Albinia takes us upstream along the ancient river Indus, from the Arabian Sea in Pakistan to the river s source in Tibet, and back in time to prehistory The rich historical evidence is explored in person through some highly adventurous forays into tribal badlands and numerous illegal border crossings, and I found it a gripping read She is an engaging travelling companion, and writes beautifully, ma [...]

    4. In this book, the Indus River is travelled in the reverse of its flow, from the delta in Sindh, Pakistan to its source in the mountains of Tibet, travelling throughout Pakistan, two sidetrips into Afghanistan, although the Indus does not , India and China It is an epic and incredible journey, travelling by many means, even walking a large section following the footsteps of Alexander In Pakistan she spends time in Sindh, Punjab, the northern Tribal lands and Kashmir Indian Ladakh, and Tibetan Chi [...]

    5. Springing from deep in the earth in the mountains of Tibet, the river Indus, which gave the Indian subcontinent it s name, it s life, it s majority religion and it s primary culture would seem a vast subject for a first book by a young author Rivaling one of my all time favorite books, The Black Sea by Neal Ascherson, Alice Albinia deftly weaves together the story of the Indus river in a lively, personally engaging account of her journey from the environmentally threatened delta in today s Pakis [...]

    6. Letter to the Author Hi Ms Albinia,I just wanted to thank you so much for writing Empires of the Indus I picked it up from my local Barnes Noble a few days ago and I absolutely loved it As an American of Pakistani Kashmiri descent who has traveled to and briefly lived in Pakistan and India, your weaving of personal narrative with history was fascinating and truly enlightening I have recommended my family members read your book as well I hope you continue to write on the subject of the Indus Rive [...]

    7. I am showing signs of travelogue addiction, and this is the kind of book that creates it It s not just the content of the book, which is marvelous and makes for a treasure trove of information, but the sheer tenacity and guts the author displays, that has made me a fan Spanning four countries, this book is the story of the river Indus, from its source to its destination, though not in a linear way What it succeeds in doing, like the best travelogues do, is to also allow us to travel through time [...]

    8. British journalist Alice Albinia, in her first book, follows the Indus River from its mouth in the Arabian Sea, through Pakistan and finally to its source in Tibet In the process, she introduces us to people on the way and tells of the history of the regions along the Indus And there is a lot of history, indeed.Albinia seems to be not only a historian and journalist but than capable as a geologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, linguist and explorer And an adventurer she makes Indiana Jones se [...]

    9. This books takes you on a long deep journey of civilization of the greater Sindhu its simply owsome jeay sindh indus

    10. Pakistan for dummiesE il sesto stato del mondo per popolazione, apprendiamo che ci sono passate un po tutte le civilt , il paesaggio varia dalle vette himalayane fino alle spiagge di mangrovie tuttavia tra le mie conoscenze non ne trovo uno che ci sia mai stato.Che impressione se ne ricava da questo reportage un disastro demografico, che ha prodotto un disastro economico, che a sua volta ha generato un disastro ambientale, e poi un disastro politico, sociale e interreligioso, con tutti i presupp [...]

    11. 3.5 for this incredibly detailed and interesting journey up the length of the Indus and back in time I have seen this upriver and back in time done before and probably engagingly in Simon Winchester s book, The River At The Centre Of The World, written 10 years earlier about the Yangtze, but that doesn t diminish my admiration for what this Brit journalist achieved as a 29yo solo, female traveller in a part of the world where you would not expect smooth sailing pun intended At times the history [...]

    12. I ll sum up in one word Amazing Really relished every bit of it.The author takes the reader on a geographical historical journey upstream along the mighty Indus Starting from the mouth of the Indus its delta abutting the Arabian Sea, the path traverses Sindh, Punjab, the historically unruly tribal North west, Afghanistan, Kashmir and into Tibet via Ladakh As the landscape changes, so does the context from partition to British Raj, Mughal rule to Buddhist empires and Vedic period to neolithic tim [...]

    13. A brilliant travel book blended with history and what makes it good is the wonderful storytelling style It takes us by surprise to know that a woman chose to travel in the war trodden country to trace the foot trails of ancient kings and warlords and as well as common people We are also feeling sad at end with the author when the mighty river once flowed through history witnessing invaders and saints is no mighty but a slow running stream Water is precious For someone it is sacred.

    14. Extremely well written My personal fav was the chapter about Sheedis I don t think I have read anything written about Sheedis with so much empathy by any Pakistani writer Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    15. Quite well written I d be interested in reading books by this author I ve always found narratives of travel in Kashmir confusing, even with a map provided, and the final chapter on the headwaters of the Indus in Tibet seemed an anti climax to me, but I highly recommend the book to those interested in the region, especially stories of solo female travelers.

    16. Che dire di questo libroeto,chiaro e incredibilmente approfondito.Per chi ama questa zona geografica,la studia e la vuole approfondire questo il libro cardine Alcuni miei viaggi in quest area sono stati studiati grazie a questo capolavoro

    17. REALLY enjoyed this book it was kind of a travelogue with a lot of history thrown in Thanks to this book I could explain to my cousin working in rural sindh that the Sindhu river was really the Indus

    18. A perfect mix of travel from sea to source of the river through Pakistan, Afghanistan , India and Tibet and history from stone age to modern day Bravery of Alice Albinia to travel through places which are deemed to dangerous due to man and nature by outside world is unbelievable.

    19. I m sure this book is great Just wish I had time to read it , because it actually meant to be read chapter by chapter, absorbing in all the immense detail it houses Will definitely give it another shot.

    20. One of the best travel literature I have read in a long time Part travelogue part history, this is the story of author s journey upstream on Indus from Karachi on Arabian sea to its source in Tibet Like any good travelogue it travels not only in space but also in time The author meets interesting people like the Sheedis and the Kalash who are remnant of another time in the region while also touching upon people who once influenced the region or vice versa like the early Buddhists, Alexander, the [...]

    21. Somewhere in the middle of September 2009, was when I started reading this book As I went through the early pages, I slipped into a comfortable and complacent state I would finish reading Empires of the Indus The Story of a River in a few of days I ll cruise through it, I told myself.It wasn t to be so.The history of the river and of the empires and the folklore and the community that laces this river challenged my curiosity as I, now, slowly made through the pages The excitement that the author [...]

    22. I had bought this book last year on a whim, read it for a couple of days in a dispassionate manner, and could never complete it Not even my spirit could tell what I was upto in 2015 But one thing happened for sure and that was a deep understanding of the author s intentions behind this book It s like her wanderer, discoverer spirit was speaking to mine And even when I had given this book a back bench in my brain s stadium, I could hardly forget it And, so as this year I decided on a organised a [...]

    23. This is a complex, beautiful book by a bright, young at the time writer Albinia structures this combined history travel book as a trip up the Indus from its mouth to its headwaters, and through its history from the present back to geological time She researched the river s history and prepared for her trip for a year before going, and that investment shows she journeys to truly obscure places, and knows what to look for when she gets there, so the account is rich Other reviewers have described h [...]

    24. It is great to start a new year with such a nice read, I was recommended by a friend In the start I found it a bit slow and but once I kept on reading, I felt in love with the travel detail of Alice Albinia It is a wonderful book if you are minutely interested in travel journals or history Alice takes a journey right from the mouth of Indus to its very source in Tibet Her in satiated appetite for adventure and the never ending thrill will keep you awed If possible she would have walked the whole [...]

    25. While this book would properly be titled My travels in Pakistan and Afghanistan even though the Indus doesn t flow there , and oh yeah, to get a book deal here s some stuff about empires, and look, I went to Tibet , it was a very informative and relatively entertaining read.The author s interests clearly lie with Pakistan and its muslim history, and she spends the vast majority of the book discussing Islam s historical impact on Pakistan There is lots of first person travelogue, and you certain [...]

    26. One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flowing west across northern India and south through Pakistan It has been worshipped as a god and used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today it is the cement of Pakistan s fractious union In Empires of the Indus, Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks This turbulent hist [...]

    27. Un libro molto bello, completo, profondo, ma anche leggermente discontinuo, lungo l Indo e la storia dell India ma in gran parte in quello che oggi Pakistan Il libro ha un solo limite, sembra a lungo incerto fra il saggio storico in effetti l autrice prima di tutto una studiosa e il libro di viaggio, del quale non ha il passo e l attenzione ai dettagli apparentemente poco significativi, n all introspezione, scegliendo infine questa direzione con decisione solo dopo la met e diventa la parte pi i [...]

    28. Interesting travel and history account of the Indus River by a woman who travels in the regions of the river from Karachi, through Sindh and Punjab up to the Indus headwaters in Tibet Her account includes trips into Afghanistan and India as well.It is an interesting documentary of travel in an area that is not often crossed by Europeans, particularly recently and reveals an interesting area of the world where religious zealots have screwed the pooch for millions of people.If you are wondering ab [...]

    29. A wonderfully gifted writer I was amazed at the sheer depth of preception from Alice Albinia Its true the narritave is about mainly about the indus itself but the book reveals so much about the land, history, society, economy, its people customs and the intricate relationship which weaves this fabric together return return This is a very unbiased history of a comparatively small corner of the subcontinent from which its easy to extrapolate the essence of being in the sub continent return return [...]

    30. Letter to the Author Hi Ms Albinia,I just wanted to thank you so much for writing Empires of the Indus I picked it up from my local Barnes Noble a few days ago and I absolutely loved it As an American of Pakistani Kashmiri descent who has traveled to and briefly lived in Pakistan and India, your weaving of personal narrative with history was fascinating and truly enlightening I have recommended my family members read your book as well I hope you continue to write on the subject of the Indus Rive [...]

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