Image: Illustration shows Indian civilians and their animals travelling through the entrance to the Bolān Pass, Pakistan, with the Army of the Indus en route to Afghanistan.
Lithograph by Louis and Charles Haghe after drawing by James Atkinson. Illus. in: Sketches in Afghaunistan, by Jas. Atkinson, Esq. London : Henry Graves & Company. James Atkinson travelled with the Army of the Indus, Bengal Division, as Superintending Surgeon during the First Anglo-Afghan War, through part of India (now Pakistan) into Afghanistan.
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
, by Alice Albinia
“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