A very different point of view

From the time I saw this map in a friend's office and had to have my own copy, I have been impressed by the point of view that Himal has to offer. The magazine, a monthly,is published and distributed by The Southasia Trust, Lalitpur, Nepal.

But more than that, Himal is Southasia’s first and only regional magazine. As they point out, "Stretching from Afghanistan to Burma, from Tibet to the Maldives, this region of more than 1.4 billion people shares great swathes of interlocking geography, culture and history. Yet today neighbouring countries can barely talk to one another, much less speak in a common voice. For two decades, Himal Southasian has strived to nurture, define and amplify that voice.

Independent, non-nationalist, pan-regionalist – Himal tells Indians and Nepalis about Pakistanis and Afghans, Sri Lankans and Burmese about Tibetans and Maldivians, and the rest of the world about this often-overlooked region. Critical analysis, commentary, opinion, essays and reviews – covering regional trends in politics and economics with the same perspective as culture and history, Himal stories don’t stop at national borders, but are followed wherever they lead. "

I have my subscription- which is less than Rs 50 an issue- and could not agree more. The latest issue talks of Bhutan's new democracy, of the regional food crisis, of conservation in Mizoram, street gangs in the Maldives, the new Nepal, Baltistan, the tortured Srilankan peace brokering. And even about Thollywood. (Yes! In Thimphu...).

And the map. It can be downloaded from their website, where you can also read the magazine online. Go ahead. The editor, Kanak Mani Dixit, offers a truly pan-regional point of view!