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Though the British knew that the Afghans were on the march, they did not know that they had come so far till they learnt it by running into them.

In a remoter corner of their territory, they conjured up, out of nothing, a new capital city that foiled the Mughals at the next trial of beteeen. Up here, too, just as down there, the north- western horizon is bounded brtween that chain of fantastically jagged little mountains.

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So here we swerved away leftwards, heading for the Lata- band Pass. Ambassador in Afghanistan, Mr. No more elephants, no more victorious campaigns in India. But, as a golden thread indicating a thoroughfare, it has two signal merits that its nobler sisters lack.

We knew that we had to look for Maiwand battlefield somewhere ad the neighbourhood of the Kushk-i-Nakhud torrent bed, near the point where this broke out from the hills. In our day we have been seeing a further series of technological inventions: Should I take a tonga to the U.

It is this tormented landscape that hems Father Indus in: Alexander planted a Greek colony at Begram, and, in the first century of the Christian Era, a Greek prince, Hermaeus, was still ruling here after Greek rule had evaporated everywhere else.

Did she notice, as she danced along, that some ruthless human engineers had bled her, to give a transfusion of her life-blood to the thirsty plain of Qandahar? The American immigration authorities took no notice of the new arrival, so he crossed the continent to California and made a fortune there.


Another Central Asian nomadic people, the Yuechi, following close at the Sakas 5 heels, settled in the country be- tween the Oxus and the Hindu Kush which had previously been known as Bactria and which is now included in the Kingdom of Afghanistan.

From the road we could see the trees that marked the location of Hund vil- lage. The only way to gauge it now was the awkward method of trial and error. I had seen the ruins of Nisha- pur; I was to see the ruins of Balkh. But he did still hold the key to the passage from Central Asia to India, so his good will still had an appreciable value for his Kushan heirs.

Just now they are wending their way over the Khyber Pass towards their westerly summer pastures. This was the route followed in the transmission of Buddhism ; and that is jujna most im- portant transaction that has ever taken place between India and China so far. Such tracks are practicable for infantry and cavalry, and even for horse-drawn artillery.

It had been an hilarious day. Afghan-American technology has worked wonders by its strategy of dealing Nature knock-out oxys, but it has not yet reclaimed all the derelict land that was once brought under cultivation by the traditional strategy of coaxing Nature into cooperating with Man. In this particular party my eye was caught by one little boy riding, with a grave coun- tenance, on a donkey.

But now the Moon was out, and I could just make out the landscape 37, feet below me.

Between Oxus and Jumna

About half the time and energy of the cadets is allocated to non-military subjects which put the military part of their education in its proper setting. Never mind, there was half a day to spare between train and train. Breaking out, at last, from the long gorge in which hitherto he has been confined, Father Indus here spreads himself, mile-wide, over a plain, and rejoices to linger, slow and shallow, till his next and last gorge throttles him at Attock, where we had crossed his choking waters over the great bridge on our outward journey.


Down there, crops and cultures have never ceased to change. T have been there. Sundaram Ramchandran marked it as to-read Apr 18, The discussion was lively, and all on a high intellectual level. Seen from this central position, the road-map of the Old World will assume a very different pattern. The tonga lurched on, with ease, over the mud-hole that had pulled our car up short. The leftward glance is not encouraging.

Now the author, during his lifetime a prodigious digger for facts, tells the Between the rivers of Oxus and Jumna that is from Iran through Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India there existed years ago an area nearly blank in contemporary maps. Nurlan Mustafayev marked it as to-read Sep 23, Mansoor Ahmed marked it as to-read Jan 16, But, as one passes the watersmeet and turns down-stream, sharp right, the combined waters gather themselves together, push their way out of the open plain into a brim-full gorge, and break into a run.

Through the Looking-glass W e have all of us seen a bumble-bee or a sparrow trapped in a room and bewildered by beating its wings against the win- dowpane.

Coming home to Afghanistan, they have brought America with them. The ruin was Lash- kari Bazar. What was the next move? The human members of a Powindah cara- van have been steeled odus brave all weathers at any season. That is nearly three times the free allowance for a first-class passenger on an international flight.

While there is definitely a whiff of old British Imperial here and there hard to avoid for a Englishman travelling through the former Raj nad the setting of the Great GameMr Toynbee’s enthusiasm for the history and genuine admiration and regard for the societies of South and Central Asia shows through.