Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

Introduction to Gandhara

Read the first chapter from the book “Buddhist Architecture of Gandhara” by Kurt A. Behrendt, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This chapter … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Legend of Prince Kunala

Kunala was the son of Emperor Ashoka and Queen Padmavati and presumptive heir to to the Maurya Empire, which, at the time (3rd century BCE), covered most of the Indian subcontinent and all of present-day Pakistan. Kunala was … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Taxila, Intellectual Capital of India

The great city of Takshashila (modern Taxila) was a capital of ancient Gandhara and home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, university in the world. Takshasila University … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indra’s Beverage

British journalist Alice Albinia travels to the remote valleys of the Hindukush and Karakorum in northwest Pakistan in search of the original “Aryans” and the homeland of the Rigveda. There … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Legacy of the Indus Valley Civilization

Mark Kenoyer talks about some of the cultural and social contributions of Ancient Indus cities to the Early Historic period in the Indian subcontinent – for e.g., pottery & jewellery-making … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Ruined City in Punjab & Its First Explorers

Read the first chapter of Indian author Nayanjot Lahiri’s book “Finding Forgotten Cities“, the dramatic story of how the city of Harappa was “discovered” and documented in the 19th-20th century … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Feeding the Cities

Indian-born American archaeologist Mark Kenoyer talks about the various crops grown by Indus Valley peoples, the livestock they kept, and the type of foods and spices they enjoyed – traditions … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

People & Professions

Indus archaeologist Mark Kenoyer discusses the various crafts and professions that thrived in Indus Valley cities, from tax-collectors to basket-weavers, perfumers and actors, and even describes the 4, 500 year-old antecedent … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indus Cities, Towns & Villages

Indus Valley expert Mark Kenoyer describes the layout and structural features of ancient Indus cities in Chapter 3 of his book, “Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization“. Read excerpts … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trade Winds to Meluhha

Read a chapter from Indian author Vasant Davé’s fictional work about the adventures of a Sumerian boy in Bronze Age Indus Valley. Based on the latest archaeological research, Davé re-creates life in … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alluvial Cities

Read a chapter from “Empires of the Indus”, a non-fiction book by British journalist Alice Albinia, covering the writer’s journey from Karachi to Tibet following the course of the Indus River. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer is a contemporary American archaeologist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the Indus Valley Civilization. Read the introductory chapter from his 2010 book, “Ancient Cities … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment