Asiatic Angling Adventures
15 Oct, 2018
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 .
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.