Pakistan: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan extends along both sides of theIndus River, from its source in the Western ranges of the Himalayasto its mouth on the Arabian Sea. The river is the foundation toPakistan past and present, having sustained communities, providedmeans of communication, and shaped its geography. Creative, toughand adaptable, Pakistani’s have dealt with a history of conflict inand outside its borders, but this has produced a self-reliantpeople, with a cultural influence marinated in food and sport.As well as being one of the Silk Road corridors, the region hasoften been the battleground and bounty of wars between empires,from the Indus, Greeks and Persians to Afghans, Arabs, Huns andMughals. Today, there are as many local festivals as there areethnic and linguistic groups. Every region has its celebrations,based on anything from horse and cattle trading to kabaddi, anancient contact sport, with music and dance attracting swathes ofpeople.Contemporary Pakistanis are polite, helpful and curious towardstourists, with most of the elite and city-dwellers comfortableEnglish speakers. Culture Smart! Pakistan will ensure you createlong-lasting relationships with some of the kindest and warmesthosts in the world, while also help you to avoid the pitfalls andcelebrate the idiosyncrasies in the cradle of civilisation.