Dhruva Thapa’s ‘The Dream We Had Together’ Released

Dhruva Thapa's ‘The dream we had together’

Dhruva Thapa has released a poetry collection titled ‘The Dream We Had Together.’

Dhruva Thapa’s ‘The Dream We Had Together’ was officially launched on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Hs Lordships restaurant in Berkeley, California. The poetry anthology has 40 selected English poems written between 2002 and 2015. Dhruva’s previous books include “Taste of the Himalayas” cookbook and Nepali poetry book “Dhruva Thapaka geet ra Kabitaharu.”

Jim Hughes, Ph.D., Writer and teacher consultant, Bay Area Writing Project said of the book “Reading the poems of Dhruva Thapa is being in the presence of a great heart – one just, generous, and sympathetic. One of his most powerful poems is about serving in the revolution. Sadly, he discovers that once they had won the war, the same suffering and injustices returned…. But he never gives up hope: ‘I am waiting for the moment / When the day passes / Without alarming the night…”. Similarly, Dr. Tika Lamsal, Department of Rhetoric and Language, University of San Francisco says Poet and Literary Journalist Dhruva Thapa’s collection of poems emerges as a notable contribution in the horizon of Nepali Diaspora Literature in North America.

Dhruva Thapa announced that sales from the books on the launch night will be donated to the victims of recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Image source: Dhruva Thapa

BHAVISYAVANI by Dreams Magazine

Dreams Magazine Poetry contest

Dreams Magazine is organizing a unique poetry contest titled “BHAVISYAVANI.”

To participate in this poetry contest, you need to submit your poetry in Nepali by Bhadra 1 (August 18). If you are in Nepal, then you have to pay Rs. 100 and if you are submitting the poem from abroad, its $5 to enter in this contest. There are five different locations within Kathmandu that you can submit your poetry and the payment (listed on Dreams Magazine website).

Winners will get cash prizes, an opportunity to recite in public and get published in a book to be marketed internationally. For more details, please visit here: http://mydreamsmag.com/article/bhavisyavani/

Amar Neupane’s Karodaun Kasturi Arrives Today

Amar Neupane’s highly anticipated book “Karodaun Kasturi” releases today at 3pm at Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi.

Amar Neupane's Karodaun Kasturi

Amar Neupane was the Madan Puraskar recipient for his book, Seto Dharti. Karodaun Kasturi is the author’s second novel. Niraj Bhari of Fine Print posted a short promotional video for Karodaun Kasturi on his YouTube page.

Image source: Amar Neupane Twitter page

निम्तो : नारायण ढकालको ‘वृषभ वध’माथि गुरुङ सुशान्तको परिचर्चा

Random Readers' Society of Nepal

Random Readers’ Society of Nepal will host a Monsoon Special on Saturday, July 11 in Pokhara.

There will be a discussion on वृषभ वध, a novel by Narayan Dhakal @bnarayand. The lead presenter will be Gurung Sushanta. The event will take place at Pokhara Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Please arrive by 7:30am as the event starts at 8am. For any questions or directions, contact 9856031647.

Image source: Random Readers’ Society of Nepal Facebook page

Poets take stage at 27th edition of Poemandu

Poets took stage at 27th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library. The monthly event at the library hosted poets who recited poems in various languages. It was the first event at Nepal Bharat Library after the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

For continuous updates on poetry events in Nepal, continue to visit Nepali Bytes.

27th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

Literary events in Kathmandu are back. Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala India Nepal Foundation is hosting the 27th edition of Poemandu – recitation of poems in languages such as Nepali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Newari on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 27th edition of Poemandu will start at 4pm at Nepal Bharat Library, Nepal Airlines Building, New Road Gate.

Image source: India in Nepal (Embassy of India Kathmandu) Facebook page

किताब साटासाट कार्यक्रम शिल्पी नाट्य समूहमा

Shilpee Natya Samuha

Shilpee Theatre will host a range of literary programs tomorrow at its premises in Battisputali.

Starting at 12pm, there will be poetry readings, film showcase, story reading, book signing and exchange of books. We will be at Shilpee Theatre and hope to see you there as well.

Image source: Shilpee Natya Samuha Facebook page

Sharada Sharma and Rabindra Mishra Poetry Session Tomorrow

Shardha Sharma and Rabindra Mishra at Shilpee Theatre

Sharada Sharma and Rabindra Mishra will be at Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali tomorrow at 3pm for a poetry session for earthquake victims.

Sharada Sharma is a leading female voice in contemporary Nepali literature. She is the author of Taap, Bhuinphoolko Desh, Agnisparsha and is also the recipient of Padmashree Sahitya Samman. Rabindra Mishra is the author of Khana Pugos, Dina Pugos and the most recent Rabindra Mishraka Kabita.

Tickets for the event are Rs.200 and Rs.500. @Yubraj_Koirala tweeted भूकम्प अघि र पछि लेखिएका कविताहरूको परोपकारी बाचन। टिकटका लागि ०१-४४६९६२१ मा फोन गर्न सक्नुहुनेछ।

Image source: Yubaraj Ghimire Twitter page

Connect with Himali Sworharu

Himali Sworharu

Himali Sworharu is an online radio portal produced from New York City which features interviews, Nepali music and shares Nepalese community information.

Sahadev Poudel is the creator behind Himali Sworharu. We recently talked to him on his recent book “माटो र मन” . During that Twitter conversation, we talked to him about publishing from abroad, literary scene in the US, joys and challenges of self publishing among other things.

Sahadev is very active in the Nepalese literature community in New York City. Through his website, he has run some successful programs such as Katha Sansar~कथा संसार,सुन्ने कथाहरुको संग्रह, Jeeban Yatra Anubhab~जीबन यात्रा अनुभब,बिभिन्न व्यक्तित्वहरुको जीबन कथा उहाहरुकै स्वरमा, Srijanaka Swoharu~सृजनाका स्वरहरु,कविता,गीत,गज़ल, सके सम्म सर्जकहरुकै आवाजमा and Aaroh Abaroh to name a few.

Image source: Himali Sworharu website

Nepali Bytes in conversation with Sahadev Poudel on April 18/Baisakh 5

Nepali Bytes conversation1

We will be in exclusive conversation with Sahadev Poudel on April 18,2015 / Baisakh 5, 2072 at 6pm Nepal time/8:15am US Eastern time. Sahadev recently self published his poetry anthology titled “माटो र मन”.

This one of a kind Twitter conversation will take place for an hour. Anyone can ask questions on Twitter or on Facebook. On Twitter, users can ask questions to @nepalibytes @Sahadevision. We will use #maatoramann for anyone to join in on the conversation. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions to Sahadev on his poetry, publishing from abroad, literary scene in the US, joys and challenges of self publishing or anything you want to ask him. We will also announce some special prizes during the conversation!!!

Hope you can join us in this Twitter conversation. https://twitter.com/nepalibytes

26th edition of Conversations with Anbika Giri and Binita Dahal

26th edition of Conversations with Anbika Giri and Binita Dahal

The 26th edition of Conversations with Anbika Giri and Binita Dahal took place on Monday, April 6 at Nepal Bharat Library in Nepal Airlines Building, New Road.

This event featured author Anbika Giri speaking about her recently released book “Maanchheko Rang” and it was moderated by journalist/columnist Binita Dahal. Binita Dahal introduced Anbika Giri as one of the most vocal authors among the young generation writers. Anbika Giri and Binita Dahal further engaged in discussing what inspired the author to pen a book on one of the most historic political movements of Nepal – the Maoist insurgency and the people’s movement. Towards the end of the event, the audience asked questions to Binita and Anbika.

Conversations is a free monthly program that takes place at Nepal Bharat Library in Nepal Airlines Building, New Road.

Image and some text source: India in Nepal (Embassy of India Kathmandu) Facebook page

“माटो र मन” by Sahadev Poudel

Mato ra Maan by Sahadev Poudel

We are excited to say that Sahadev Poudel, a theatre & radio artist will soon be releasing his self published anthology of Nepali poetry titled “माटो र मन”. He is the creator of Himali Sworharu.

On World Book Day, Sahadev announced on Himali Sworharu’s Facebook page that his first anthology of Nepali poetry “माटो र मन” will be published this Spring. This is an exciting initiative by Sahadev who has been active in the Nepalese literature community in New York City for quite some time. He has run some successful programs such as Katha Sansar~कथा संसार,सुन्ने कथाहरुको संग्रह, Jeeban Yatra Anubhab~जीबन यात्रा अनुभब,बिभिन्न व्यक्तित्वहरुको जीबन कथा उहाहरुकै स्वरमा
, Srijanaka Swoharu~सृजनाका स्वरहरु,कविता,गीत,गज़ल, सके सम्म सर्जकहरुकै आवाजमा and Aaroh Abaroh to name a few.

Sahadev shared on Twitter that his book will be launching in mid April in a non-traditional way. It will be available on Amazon & when possible he will do book tours.

Recently, he also shared his experience on Setopati on publishing from abroad. You can read it here प्रवासबाट पुस्तक: रहर मात्रै

Cover design: Haree Lamichhane
Photograph: Ashok Pant
Image source: Himali Sworharu Facebook page

Audio version of “Jiwan Kada Ki Phool” released


Jhamak Ghimire’s Jiwan Kada Ki Phool is now available in an audio book form as well. Senior broadcast journalist Khagendra Nepal lent his voice for the audio book. The journalist was very happy to share that while he worked in BBC Nepal services, he listened to many international audio books and took the initiative to give the same satisfaction to Nepali listeners.

Professor Govinda Raj Bhattarai stated that Jhamak Ghimire is the only person in Asia whose work has made her so popular despite her illness. Jhamak Ghimire’s Jiwan Kada Ki Phool won the prestigious Madan Puraskar award in 2011. Jhamak is an active writer and also contributes regularly to Kantipur national daily.

Some text from Republica
Image source: Wikimedia

26th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

26th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

Embassy of India in Kathmandu and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation will host the 26th edition of Poemandu on Friday, March 20, 2015.

At Poemandu, there will be recitation of poems in Nepali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Newari and more. This is a monthly program at Nepal Bharat Library. It starts at 4pm and is FREE for anyone to attend.

Image source: Nepal Bharat Library Facebook page

The Prediction by Sushma Joshi

“The Prediction” by Sushma Joshi is about an astrologer’s prediction about the last days of the Rana regime of Nepal.This story was published in the journal Himalaya in November 2013, published out of Yale University.


This story is based on a small snippet of an anecdote told to me by my father–who does not believe in astrology, but was goaded into sharing this historical story with me after I pestered him with miraculous stories of astrological predictions which had come true, in my own experience. Our family of Joshis (“Jyotish” means astrologer) were astrologers in the Royal Court of Nepal. This tradition was discontinued in my grandfather’s generation. The young astrologer in this story, however, is not from our family. He is thought to have come from outside Kathmandu.

The astrologer was a pleasant young man, with worn down cloth shoes and a dust-coloured set of clothes. Mohan Shamsher was surprised. He had expected someone older, someone more commanding. More authoritative. This man, with his humble cotton outfit, could not have been more than thirty, at the most.

He was from Pokhara, and famed throughout Nepal. His predictions, people said, were never wrong. He had studied for twelve years at the Benares Hindu University, and his knowledge of Vedic astrology was beyond dispute. Everyone went to him, from the Prime Minister to the lowly guard who stood by the gate. Mohan Shamsher sat there in his room, watching the man from behind the curtain. It wouldn’t be good to be seen in public consulting with such a man, for his question presumed the downfall of another man.

When will I become Prime Minister?

The astrologer cleared his throat, and began. “Please give me the time of birth, the date of birth, the year of birth, and the place of birth.”

Mohan Shamsher had sent the Khardar to consult the astrologer on his behalf. Because he was curious, he had stayed in the same room, though out of sight, behind the thick wine-red velvet curtains. The inch of space in between the two halves gave him a clear view of the young man who sat on the white cushion in front of him, only a few feet away. He appeared ordinary, surprisingly nondescript. He wasn’t at all what Mohan Shamsher had been expecting.

The astrologer looked around, almost as if he knew the man whose fortune he was about to predict sat a few feet away, but couldn’t tell from where he might be watching. The hall stretched out in all directions, a curtain here, a staircase there, a wall thick with paintings in one corner, a wall of books in the middle. On the floor was a tiger rug, with the head of the animal raised in a snarl. Every nook and cranny was filled with shadows, and he imagined that invisible people were watching him from the darkness.

The astrologer knew he was in the house of a man of great importance. The horse-drawn carriage that had brought him in the dusk had driven at such speed, however, he couldn’t tell which area of Kathmandu he was in.

The Khardar reeled off the time, date, year and place of birth.

Hesitating slightly, the astrologer cleared his throat again and asked: “And the name?”

The Khardar said: “It starts with ‘mo’.” Then, with some reluctance, he pushed across a tightly rolled scroll. “Here’s the chart.”

The astrologer, who came from a village, didn’t presume to guess whose chart was unfolding in front of him. The daphne bark paper was marked with the same elegant hand he had seen on the charts of other Rana generals. He assumed the man whose chart he was viewing was a Rana. Given name: Mohan Shamsher Rana, the script said. The astrologer had no knowledge of the hierarchies of the Rana family, and therefore had no idea who this was.

Read more from “The Prediction” on Sushma Joshi’s blog.

Image source: Sushma Joshi’s blog