Likhe: A character three decades in the Making
Sharad Poudel’s popular character Likhe first appeared in his story series in a magazine, NawaYuwa, and eventually became the protagonist of his novel of the same name. Twenty years after Likhe, Poudel has published the sequel to the book, Tapan. Poudel, who is known for his portrayal of Dalit communities, writes about the turbulences that Likhe, and the likes, faced during the Maoist..
Fresh Light on the Buddha By Mahesh Paudyal
Kavitam Shrestha’s Light of the Himalayas, the English translation of his ambitious work Mahabhiniskramanka Ashwikrit Paila, an account of Buddha’s life from birth to enlightenment has been recently launched by Xlibris for international readership.
The book has many stunning and deconstructive entries. Though it’s a linear tale chronologically, it lays bare certain spectacular realities..
Nepal celebrates 204th Bhanu Jayanti
Today is Bhanu Jayanti. The day is being celebrated across Nepal organising different programs. Today is 204th birth anniversary of Aadi Kavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed on unity among all Nepali citizens for the protection of all languages, literature and culture existing in the country.
Addressing a special function organised by the..
A Thwarted Paradise
“The Great American Dream” still counts for some, though the dystopian realities of the post-Vietnam War have rendered the notion meaningless. To migrants moving west from the Third World and Asian countries, America continues to be a much-coveted paradise, though all that happens there is quite predictable and appalling. For a few bucks, all value systems and dignities are dumped into the..
Krishna Prasai: Pioneering Zen Movement in Nepal
Zen pertains to meditative poetry inspired by Zen Buddhism popular initially in Japan and later in Korea. As a literary genre, Zen could have developed anywhere, but Buddhism, the mother of Zen poetry sprouted and blossomed in Nepal, and obviously, the roots of Zen lie here. History probably exported the art to South-east Asia. It is time to bring it home. Krishna Prasai seems to be pioneering..
The Pied Piper By Maya Thakuri
As I was dusting the table and chair in my office, I stumbled on an illustrated copy of a book named ‘The Pied Piper.’ ‘Some customers who had come to make phone calls the evening before must have left the book here,’ I guessed.
After I was done with all the dusting and cleaning of the computer equipment, I sat down to read The Pied Piper.
The book read:
There was a town called..
G7 pressure on Russia to break ties with Syrian President Assad
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations meeting in Lucca in Italy are looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Al Jazeera report.
Calling last week's US missile strike on a Syrian airbase a "game changer", Boris Johnson, UK foreign minister, said on Monday that support for Assad "was toxifying the reputation..
Beauty Is Seasonal
Sitting near fireside,
was green at once.
Love is in choice,
Castle in air,Fallen in autumn
Living in woods, is warm at once.
Life is in parentheses,
Reality is in eyes,
Beauty of season
Surrounding by time, will nostalgics at once.
Achievement in hunger, Unsuccessful in life,
Final destination of men.
Fallen in autumn,
Bob Dylan will not travel to Sweden to receive Nobel Prize
Bob Dylan will not travel to Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature in person, it has been announced, BBC report.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, said it had received "a personal letter" saying he was unable to attend next month's Nobel ceremony "due to pre-existing commitments".
Dylan, the organisation said, felt "very honoured" and wished he could receive the..
A bright abyss
I, in wholeness- was lost in you
A delighted entirety within you
And I in ampleness was fizzled in you
I, losing myself,
Initiated rather that was only us.
As I devoted that me within myself,
To the shrine that were we within us
You kept that you within yourself
Only to yourself.
In that night of thunderstorm
You took away that you..
A Teashop Boy – Bhisma Upreti
A ten-year boy
Works in a teashop by the side of a lane
That doesn’t receive adequate light;
He brings tea to the table
And takes away the empty glasses.
He entertains the customers, and is bonhomous,
He smiles to them as similar to the taste of the tea
And in return receives tips from the generous ones.
He has some money received as tips
He can secure two meals a day
He has a way..
Hong Kong bookseller leading protest against China
A Hong Kong bookseller who said he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China has led a protest march in the semi-autonomous city, as pressure grows for authorities to answer questions over his disappearance.
Carrying banners saying "Fight until the very end", Lam Wing-kee and about 6,000 protesters marched on Saturday from the Causeway Bay Bookstore, the business at the centre of..
The New-World Revolutionary – Mahesh Paudyal
Window smashed; king hurt!
The headline was too sensational for the mass to remain quiet. Who could attack the king? The royal families were often reported to have fallen out for nothing. But then, at this time of the year, the prince—notorious for his querulous nature and his often-time wrangling with his father over drunken debates—was living in Leipzig with his family, and the..
America Tattwamasi: Let America be a Hindu State!
Renowned Nepali journalist Ramesh Sharma, who has been residing in the United States for past several years, has come up with an idea that not only Nepal, but the US as well should be a Hindu nation.
In his new book “America Tattwamasi,” which is available through Amazon’s Kindle https://goo.gl/K5eB7d as well, Sharma has urged that the essence American declaration of independence is..
Life : Jesus face (A sonnet ) -Abiral subedi ‘Binod’
It's me ,certainty thy unseen pleasure ,
The YOU , rolling onward edge of destination.
Enlighten , unheard paradise music tune,
Inner ,light thy castle my mission.
It's you ,uncertainty ME seen universal,
And ME inborn parenthesis .
Peace , place , prosperity crucial ,
ME a actor sprout to death passage..
Korean novelist wins Man Booker Prize
The Vegetarian, a novel about a woman who "wants to reject human brutality" and gives up eating meat, has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize according to BBC.
The book was translated by Deborah Smith, who only started teaching herself Korean in 2010.
Judging panel chairman Boyd Tonkin said South Korean author Han Kang's work was "unforgettably powerful and original".
The writer and..
The Fall of a Feather – Mahesh Paudyal
I am done with school. Tomorrow I am leaving it forever.
I know I love this school. When its mother left it unattended, I had come to rescue it. I gave it food and water, and now, it is strong. It has dreams and desires. It can flourish. Now it doesn’t need me. So I am leaving it tomorrow.
I love the walls and stones. When I met it, it was a dying baby, and I have..
The Insidious Trap – Dr. Goma Devi Sharma (Adhikari)
With a great difficulty, Dhan Maya accomplished the thirteen-day long posthumous rituals of her late husband. This accomplishment made her happy in one hand, but she shuddered, thinking of the dark future her four children were heading for. She could hardly realize at the time how her move to secure heaven for her husband was destined to bring destruction to her life on earth. She could not..
Hulaki story by Mahesh Paudyal
She died just a week after her husband returned from Malaysia.
She was just ‘she’, for no one called her by name. In fact, no one knew her by name. At the most, she was Ramawatar’s ‘dulhan’.
They were from Tarai, and had started a provision store in Sulbung. Those days, as is true till these days, all provision stores were run by people from Tarai. Her husband supplied things, and..
stars come along -Aahuti Aahuti
stars come along
flowers come along
come along sing along
shackle of mind, setting of jail
life is prickle and spikes
break the shackle, break the jail
not alone come along
doomed you are alone, neither joyous here I am
gotta mark the volcano of tears and glee
not alone come along
gotta go to..