Shankar Lamichhane Quoted

I had long heard Abstract Chintan: Pyaj (literal translation: Abstract Discourse: Onion) is one of the finest books ever written in Nepali. Shankar Lamichhane at his best, but somehow I had distanced myself from it for long time. That was possibly because I see life as beautiful and don’t want to get into reading something on […]

Why I read Chetan Bhagat?

“Why are you wasting your time?” A colleague asked me when he saw me reading Revolution 2020 – the latest novel by Chetan Bhagat. He probably said that because of my age (I am not as young as many of the fans of the Indian writer) or maybe because he thought I need to spent […]

The joys of books

While reading books is a diminishing habit – largely because of development of computer technologies, the best thing you can gift anyone are still books Little more than a decade ago, my father requested my school principal to come to inspect my study room and to scold me for reading too many novels. I had […]

Thoughts on Sotala

I didn’t knew noted anthropologist Dor Bahadur Bista had published a fiction in 1870s – even when Sotala, his novel, was released by Himal Books a couple of days ago, I thought it was an old manuscript published. But it turned out Sajha Publication had published Sotala in around 1876. The 144-page novel is a […]

A feminist writing

[Review of Samrat Upadhyay’s Buddha’s Orphans] Samrat Upadhyay’s new novel – Buddha’s Orphans – is atypical to his earlier books. This isn’t because his novel is as good as his earlier three books but rather because it’s a book that, thanks to criticism, doesn’t have excessive sex. Upadhyay had announced that his forthcoming (this) book […]