Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

The Blind Prince

Prolific Pakistani author & travel writer Salman Rashid relates the tale of Prince Kunala, or Kunal, the circumstances that took him to Taxila where he was tragically blinded, and the … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Story of Jivaka

Jivaka, one of the most celebrated physicians in Ayurvedic tradition, trained at Taxila University and went on to serve many distinguished personages, including King Bimbisara of Magadha and his great … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alexander the Great in the Punjab

Dutch historian and author of a biography of Alexander the Great, Jona Lendering critically reviews the Macedonian king’s march through ancient Pakistan, highlighting the extreme violence used in the campaign. … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

On Raja Paurava and Alexander

Pakistani author and travel writer Salman Rashid pays homage to Raja Paurava, the King Porus who gave battle to Alexander the Great at the river Jhelum in 326 BCE. Rashid … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Katas Raj – Where Shiva Wept

In 2005, Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was invited to Pakistan on a goodwill tour. One of the places he visited was Katas Raj, a complex of beautiful, … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Cult of Bibi Nani

In Baluchistan today, an obscure saint called Bibi Nani, “Venerated Old Lady”, is revered by Muslims and Hindus alike.  Prolific Pakistani travel writer Salman Rashid opines that Bibi Nani’s cult … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

No Golden Tombs, No Fancy Ziggurats

Read Indian historian Shanti Menon’s article on the Indus Valley Civilization and what sets it apart from its Bronze Age contemporaries. The article was originally published in Discover Magazine in 1998. … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Light on a Long-Forgotten Civilization

In 1922, a team of Indian archaeologists, led by Sir John Marshall, made an astounding discovery –  a sophisticated, indigenous civilization had flourished in the Indus River Basin 5,000 years … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment


In the 1850s, British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham began investigating a ruined city called Harappa, bricks from which had been used as ballast by East India Railway Company engineers for a Lahore-Karachi … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment