Asiatic Angling Adventures
?.. Review by Dr Inayatullah Faizi
Asiatic angling adventures, as the title reads, is a book by Fatehul Mulk Ali Nasir. Flap of the book precisely describes the narrative as ??a journey across Asia in search of some of the hardest fighting game fish in the world, encompassing wild life photography and a general commentary on life in the largest continent.?
As a travelogue, the volume contains useful information on the land scape, ecology, people and culture of Uzbekistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and northern areas of Pakistan. While going through the narrative, one feels that the writer is a wrestler in aquatic ring and the stranger in the backyard lawn of his fort in Chitral was not wrong when he invited him in his typical Pashto ?Raza Pahlawana Phalikhura? tr.Come on wrestler have nuts with us. Theangler in the book has many happy and unhappy adventures. His first trip to Uzbekistan did not go well, however he made it fruitful in the second trip. The writer is in search of new species for wrestling with in each of his trips.One comes across several names of fish species such as Mahseer, (not mahasheer of Swat River). Kalabanse, mangrove Jack, feather back, barbel, Sturgeon, Arapaima, Snakehead, Trout and many more.
For me specially the landscap of Central Asia and the mention of names like Sir Darya, Charwak lake, Kyzylkumderest, Tian Shan mountain, Samarqand and Bukhara were too familiar. The description of angling tactics and the use of different sophisticated fishing equipment gives an insight into the latest developments in the field of fishing .
While writing on his adventures, the writer does not isolate himself from his native land and family back ground. Off and on he gives space to the emerging sicio-political situation in Pakistan along with his political ambitions and aspirations.
The writer?s narrative of his latest fishing trip to Shonjo chat in Handarap Ghizer valley via Shandur Pass reminds him his father?s passion of angling in this part of the world. His stay and lunch at Yaftali house Hardchin is also in centinuation of the past legacy which he adores.
The author has dedicated the work to his father, His Highness Saiful Mullk Nasir, he last ruler (1954-69) of the former princely State of Chitral. In the foreword he has admitted that the book is neither on history nor on politics, it is rather on his two passions, angling and travel. The volume consists of seven?chapters spread over 224 pages of high quality art paper with beautiful title in hard binding covered by similarly nice flap. The book has been published by Le tropical Lahore and available on reputed books stalls across the globe. .. Review by Dr Inayatullah Faizi, 15 Oct 2018
Book launching ceremony held
A book on Khowar poetry titled ? Bloidu Gamburi? ( withered flower) written by a prominent deceased poet Muhammad Changiz Khan Tariqi was launched posthumously at a ceremony held in the Assembly Hall Chitral. The ceremony was attended by participants from different walks of life. Those who spoke on the occasion included prominent educationists and literary figures Mr. Mukarram Shah and Mr.Mola Nigah Nigah and ADC Chitral Minhazuddin, Shahzada Tanvirul Mulk ,Khisrow and Irfanullah Irfan. The speakers heaped praise on the late poet for his literary contributions and described him as a ?Sufi Poet,? who was greatly inspired by the great mystic poet Moulana Jalauddin Rumi.
The title of the book at a first glance evoked an eerie response from the attendees as if they had encountered an unusual Khowar phraseology. Since the book was published posthumously under the aegis of the Anjuman-i- Tariqi Khowar, the title name refers to the deceased poet as withered flower, said the president of the literary organization. He added, were the poet alive today, the book would be titled as ?bloomed flower?. Once the English poet John Keats once said, ?Thy name shall be writ in waters?, unaware of fact that his name will be written in golden words in the realm of English literature after his death. Similarly, the memory of the great literary figure Changiz Khan Tariqi got resurrected in his magnum opus ? Bloidu Gamburi? posthumously.
It merits a mention here that Changiz Khan Tariqi was born in a scenic village of Shogram that boasts of producing the legendary mystic poet Baba Siyar. After doing his maters in Urdu literature, he was posted as a teacher in the education department. He was an avid reader with a penchant for disseminating his erudition in the form of verses. His love for Moulana Rumi was such that he had learned the ?Masnavi? verse for verse and could recite each single line spontaneously. He was one of the founding members of the ?Anjuman-i- Tariqi Khowar? (literary organization for the promotion of Khowar language Chitral); and his deeply entrenched love for the Khow culture and language is glaringly visible in his compendium of verses.? ..?Khalid Pervaiz, Booni Chitral 19 Aug 2018