Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Series - 50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die
Your guide to beautiful Pakistan.
[Picture of Karomber Lake by Muhammad Adeel; text by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One evening while browsing in a bookshop, I picked up the New York Times #1 bestseller titled 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. Compiled by travel writer Patricia Schultz, the attractive volume promised “1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers”. The Newsweek magazine blurb described it as a book “that tell you what’s beautiful, what’s fun and what’s just unforgettable—everywhere on earth.”
But there was no Pakistan in this 974-page bestseller.
No, South Asia was not ignored. India shined through the backwaters of Kerala to the temples of Khajuraho to Taj Mahal. Nepal was noticed for Mt. Everest and Kathmandu’s picturesque Durbar Square. Sri Lanka was praised for Colombo’s Galle Face hotel. Even the tiny Bhutan was not ignored.
But, no Pakistan.
No ruins of Taxila. No winding highways of Karakoram. No sufi shrines of Sindh. No train ride to Khyber. No story tellers’ street of Peshawar. No rugged landscape of Baluchistan. No Badshahi Masjid of Lahore. Not even Lonely Planet-esque Nanga Parbat.
Pity the readers of this book. We Pakistanis, however, need not worry. Pakistan Paindabad is happy to introduce 50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die. This series would take readers to all that is beautiful and fantastic about this country. Readers are requested to send their choices. Pakistan Paindabad.