has never been another book remotely similar to “Servant of Sahibs”!
is the remarkable, but true, story of Rassul Galwan, a native of Ladakh who
early on in life became a trusted assistant to various nineteenth century
European explorers. Setting off at a young age, Galwan was soon to be found in
the company of adventure travelers like Sir Francis Younghusband, who explored
the Tibetan plateau, the Pamir mountains and the deserts of Central Asia.
bringing up the rear of these now-famous caravans was Rassul Galwan. Having
taught himself how to run the expedition, the intelligent mountaineer was soon
turning his talents to acquiring languages, picking up a working knowledge of
Chinese and English, among others.
was with this rudimentary English vocabulary that Rassul Galwan authored
“Servants of Sahibs”, the only account of its kind.
“Everywhere he like, there he go. From top hills to hills tops,”
Galwan wrote about his life of journeying. The resulting delightful book is a
first-hand account of the most famous Central Asian expeditions, as seen by
Galwan, and the natives involved. The story remains as entertaining as the day
it was written, its pages filled with excitement, adventure and laughter.
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