In The Land of the Tian Shan Mountains by Muhammad Idrees


A combination of travelogue and memoir, this book gives the reader an inside view, not only of Kyrgyzstan but also the people and culture through the eyes of a young graduate student from Afghanistan.  I learned a lot from reading this book.  I had no idea how Kyrgyzstan, a democratic county, would be viewed by someone raised in a non-democratic country.  The author allows the reader inside his mind and experiences.  From his first experiences of seeing women in common situations to his travels far and wide, we see everything through his eyes.

His respect and appreciation for Kyrgyzstan comes through on every page.  Adventurous travelers beware, you might just be adding this country to your wish list.

For more about this author, CLICK HERE.


Immerse yourself in an adventure to Kyrgyzstan seen through the eyes of a young graduate student.

This is a memoir written about a time when the author was a graduate student experiencing Kyrgyzstan. It’s culture, people, geography and democratic uniqueness. The book also discusses a brief introduction of the country, its geostrategic position, the interest of superpowers (China, Russia and the US) and the regional players (Turkey, India and Kyrgyzstan’s neighbors).

Most of the author’s experiences were new and different and dealt with through the eyes of a curious, intelligent and, at times, humorous young man. Everything from food to practices such as bride kidnapping and celebration of holidays like Nowruz, are explored.

Providing a travel guide to Kyrgyzstan as well as encompassing all aspects from culture to society, from politics to security and from business environment to tourism, allows the reader to immerse themselves in this adventure.

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