English Books: The book ‘Afghanistan se Khat-o-Kitabat’ by author Rakesh Tiwari, published by Rajkamal Publications, is an interesting travelogue written in the letter style, which covers the society, culture and prosperity of Afghanistan and Iran in 1977. Gives us enough information about . The kind of Afghanistan we see in the news today is unlike the Afghanistan in this book.
After all, what has happened within five decades that a modern society is being dominated by orthodox outlook. Reading this book is like understanding the history of a country. The travelogues of Rakesh Tiwari show us a place through the eyes of an archaeologist. The departure of their language has its own charm. In such a situation, reading ‘Khat-o-Kitabat from Afghanistan’ is like a journey of many experiences.
Presenting an excerpt from the book ‘Afghanistan se Khat o Kitab’-
One kilometer north of the city, he reached through the rough road of a furlong, surrounded by the high walls of the old settlement called ‘Alexander Nagari’. Lorries laden with passengers coming from one shore, also a train of foot tourists. After reaching inside, like a pure archaeologist, even after trying to study here and there for some time, he could not reconcile the relationship between the pieces of colored plaster scattered here and there and the rubble and rubble of the fort.
A well, several mausoleums, some old brick mansions and some pied tombs, beside the red, green, blue, dark and white pamphlets swaying on the western side. Some people would pick up a heavy stone placed on the ground from the left side and put it on the shoulder, then take it off from the right side and put it on the ground. In the meantime, the Maulana present there, twirling a metal rattle tied in a green cloth, kept bubbling in his mouth while turning up and down on it. As in their fairs, exorcists and fakirs are seen taking down the ghosts and demons on people.
Shops adorned the doors saw buying and selling of Asara-e-Qadima vintage items—garlands of colored stone beads, stone figurines, daggers and shamsheers, broken guns, coins and caskets of lace. Arbitrary deal, just like the price of the customer. Some would buy the same thing in a thousand Afghans and some would grab the same thing for fifty Afghans. No matter how the coins were, they were told only in the time of Alexander. And kataren-shamshirein ain wary blood sain, Taimuri or English.
The extent was reached when a shopkeeper, showing arrows made on stone, told with full confidence that they were used by the soldiers of Alexander and they were found lying inside the fort. But it didn’t take me long, thanks to my education in Pai archeology, to recognize that these tools belonged to the ‘Stone Age culture’ long before Alexander and must have been collected from the surrounding area. In exchange for a colorful folder from the ‘Afghan Tourist Department’ as in the old-fashioned barter system, I took two samples of them and got gout with the intention of showing it to Guruji.
Before settling this city adjacent to Balkh, Alexander’s military campaign from Macedonia, Eastern Europe, completely conquered the two hundred years old Hahmani rule in four years, but Alexander himself got caught after defeating—’ The original inhabitants of the ‘Amu Darya’, in the Rukh-i-Noor of Rukhsana, the thirteen-year-old young daughter of an emir of Bactria. And then, even after persuading lakhs of generals and companions, he agreed by holding his hand.
How beautiful are the youth of this place, we cannot judge it by eye today, but this is enough to know that even Alexander, who conquered the world in front of them, had lost his mind. Good luck with this hijab, if I would have been stuck here after seeing them, what would have happened to you?
Sikandar made Rukhsana’s father the Chhatrap of the area around Hindukush, included his brother in his special cavalry squad and sent Rukhsana to a safe place in the distant Persian city of Susa. After that he went on the campaign of Hind. Here in Persia, Rukhsana gave birth to Alexander’s son. On the other hand, Sikandar was busy in the war of Hind. There he was injured while fighting and after returning from there, about twenty three hundred years ago (323 BC) when he died in the city of Babylon, Rukhsana was only seventeen years old. In this way, the story of Alexander and his companion could last only four years.
It is said that after the death of Alexander, Rukhsana killed his sister Statoria (II) and his sister and cousin (Alexander’s third queen) to clear the way for the coronation of his son ‘Alexander (Alexander) IV’. Then, Alexander’s mother, Olympias, kept Rukhsana and her son safe in Macedonia. But after the passage of seven years, due to the diplomacy of the government, ‘Olympias’ was also killed and Rukhsana and his son were imprisoned. But the real heir of Alexander should not stand as a claimant to his throne, so after six years, the story of mother-son was also ended by feeding poison.
The famous stories of Rukhsana’s total romantic life of thirty years, since that time are being lived in countless stories, novels, pictures and then, film scenes from all languages and countries. Names of Rukhsana such as Roxana, Roksana, Roxanne, Roxanna, Roxandra and Roxane are also found in different languages and dialects. Once upon hearing this name, it seemed that it has nothing to do with the naming of ‘Rexona soap’, such a soap – apply it and get an attractive look like Rukhsana.
About the book (ABout Afghanistan se Khat o Kitab Book)
The pictures of Afghanistan that have been piling up in our minds for decades, the Kabuliwala alone has been able to compete with all those pictures of people hanging on to ships, blood, gunpowder, ruins and more recently. Even today, in the folds of memory, he keeps walking with a bag of dry fruits hanging on his high shoulders.
This book is a journey to the country of the same Kabuliwale which the author did during 1977. At the age of twenty-three, with very little resources and deep affection, the memories gathered by the author on foot and in buses, have been preserved in this book, along with all the historical-geographical information, facts.
It is a different kind of comfort to read it in today’s background, and it is necessary to read it to know what the last four tens have taken away from the land of many religions, one of the most beautiful places in the world .
This Afghanistan-description before becoming the pawn of the bloody game of the world’s major military powers evokes the feeling of listening to the songs of Raj Kapoor’s films, holding a cup of lukewarm tea in thick, puffy warm clothes in the midst of mountains, in snowy valleys.
Rakesh Tiwari (About Author Rakesh Tiwari)
Rakesh Tiwari, Rocky was born on 2 October 1953 in Biswan village of Sitapur district. Masters in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archeology from Banaras Hindu University, Ph.D. from Avadh University on painted rock shelters of Mirzapur. Got the degree. Archaeological survey and excavation in different parts of the country for nearly four decades and the journey and in-depth study of the ancient ‘Dakshina-path’ connecting the Ganges-Valley with South India. and traveled to many countries.
Rakesh Tiwari writes travel memoirs. ‘Around the Wheels’, based on his journey from Lucknow to Kathmandu by bicycle to Nepal, ‘Safar a Canoe Stagger’, a travelogue based on the ferry journey from Delhi to Calcutta, South-Eastern Lands of Uttar Pradesh (District-Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and Chandauli) The memoir ‘Pawan Aisa Dolai’ based on the survey and excursions, the travel description based on the trips of Chile and Turkey ‘Aspects and ends: Two countries: Chile and Turkey’ have been very popular. .
Book – Khat-o-Kitabat from Afghanistan
Writer- Rakesh Tiwari
Publisher- Sarthak (Rajkamal Prakashan Enterprises)