Peer Badshah: 2006 & 2007

Peer Badshah on a May 2006 Fokker flight from Gilgit

Every person has that year in their mid-twenties when only a few paths have been chosen and their beauty is as much about vast opportunity and looming ethical choices as about their youth.

Sometime around 2006, Peer Badshah went from being scion in an exceptional family of Sufi saints and activists to becoming a successful barrister and Punjab government official in an office of a Deputy Prosecutor.

Mediating the shift in his life was Peer Badshah’s passion for the lands of northern Pakistan, on one hand, and enjoyment of the modernizing and often consumerist masculinities manufactured and peddled through Bollywood.

The resulting essay is the screen test for a life of great promise and socially progressive impact but without the music soundtrack — and only some of the dancing.

Peer Badshah in Naulakha Pavilion, Lahore Fort, May 2006

Peer Badshah in Lahore Fort, May 2006

Peer Badshah in Gilgit with famed Rakaposhi Peak, Karakoram Range, May 2007

Peer Badshah in Gilgit with famed Rakaposhi Peak, Karakoram Range, May 2007

Peer Badshah north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range in an area of rapid glacial melt and retreat, May 2007

Peer Badshah north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range, May 2007

Peer Badshah north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range in an area of rapid glacial melt and retreat, May 2007

Peer Badshah at the foot of the Passau Glacier north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range in an area of rapid glacial melt and retreat, May 2007

Peer Badshah at the foot of the Passau Glacier north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range in an area of rapid glacial melt and retreat, May 2007

Peer Badshah at the foot of the Passau Glacier north of Karimabad  in the Karakoram Range in an area of rapid glacial melt and retreat, May 2007

Peer Badshah in The White Palace near Swat, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Malam Jabba above the Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah near The White Palace near Swat, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Saidu Sharif, Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Bad Shah in the upper Swat Valley — Atror Valley above Kalam, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Saidu Sharif, Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Saidu Sharif, Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Saidu Sharif, Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Saidu Sharif, Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in  Kalam, upper Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Usho above Kalam, upper Swat Valley, August 2006

Peer Badshah in Uch Sharif, western Punjab, March 3, 2007

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