Launch of Rabindra Mishraka Kabita on March 7

Rabindra Mishraka kavita

Rabindra Mishra will unveil ‘Rabindra Mishraka Kabita’, an anthology of poetry on March 7 or Falgun 23 (Saturday) at 1pm at Pragya Pratisthan, Kamaladi.

The collection has 54 poems penned by the author over different periods of time. The collection is grouped into three sections: Lahore, London, and Kathmandu with poems covering love and patriotism to spirituality and philosophy. Senior poet Manjul has appreciated Rabindra Mishra for the simplicity of his language and the fluent expression of the emotions and philosophy in his poems.

Royalty from the sale of ‘Rabindra Mishraka Kabita’ will go to the welfare of the impoverished Chepang community of Kanda, Chitwan, just like from his previous books—‘Bhumadhyarekha: Arthaheenatabhitra Artha Khoja’ and ‘Khana Pugos, Dina Pugos’. ‘Rabindra Mishraka Kabita’ is priced at Rs 198 and the poem collection is published by FinePrint.

Image source from Rabindra Mishra Facebook page
Some text from Republica

Kumar Nagarkoti at Shilpee Theatre

askarganj by Kumar Nagarkoti

Recently Kumar Nagarkoti was at Shilpee Theatre for an interaction program on his latest work “Askarganj.” At the interaction program, Nagarkoti shared that writing is very comforting to him which is why he writes.

Many fans of Kumar Nagarkoti’s work were present at the theatre. There was a lot of interest in meeting the author and asking him questions. On Twitter, we were also talking about the progam featuring Nagarkoti.
Nishant Khanal tweeted @dhaiba @nepalibytes आज चै रमाइलो हुने भो !! कबि महोदय लाइ भेट नि हुने भो ;)

Readers who had read Nagarkoti’s Askarganj shared their thoughts on Twitter such as @Gpgelal who tweeted
कुमार नगरकोटीको अक्षरगन्ज सकियो खुब प्रफुल्ल भयो मन Thank you MR. Kumar Nagarkoti Thank you fiction designer #सलाम

24th edition of Voices with Indian poet Shri Manohar Shetty

24th edition of Voices

Embassy of India Kathmandu and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation is hosting the 24th edition of Voices on February 23, 2015 at Nepal Bharat Library.

In this edition of Voices, Indian poet Shri Manohar Shetty will talk about South Asian Poetry. Manohar Shetty has published five books of poems, including ‘Domestic Creatures’ (Oxford University Press, New Delhi). His poems have been widely published and anthologized. In the UK, his poems have appeared in ‘London Magazine’, ‘Poetry Review’, ‘Wasafiri’ and ‘Poetry Wales.’ He edited ‘Goa Today’, a monthly magazine for eight years and has worked in magazines and newspapers in Bombay, Bangalore and Goa. He is a regular reviewer of books for various Sunday papers and magazines in India.

Voices program is FREE to attend for everyone. The program starts at 4pm.

Image and some text from Embassy of India Kathmandu Facebook page

Celebrating Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015

Rajesh Hamal at Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015

The first day of Children’s Literature Festival (Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015) saw hundreds of people enjoying the myraid activities happening at the Rato Bangala premises. Some major highlights from the first day include celebrity read aloud with Rajesh Hamal, “Every Which Way Up Everest” play and book launch, launch of Flying Kisses and other books, slam poetry among others.

“Every Which Way Up Everest” play and book launch saw a packed crowd in the auditorium. “Every Which Way Up Everest” is written by Kanak Mani Dixit and Diwakar Chettri. The young actors for the play did a commendable job and it was both delightful and humorous. After the play, the writer Kanak Mani Dixit shared a few words on his purpose of writing the book. Both writers also signed copies of the book at the book stall.

Celebrity read aloud with Rajesh Hamal saw a throng of people awaiting his arrival and when he did, Rajesh dai did not disappoint. He diligently and eloquently read a story on a leech. Suraj Singh Thakuri also read a story earlier in the day and his reading saw modest participation compared to Rajesh Hamal’s.

“Flying Kisses” by Aneel Bisht was launched in the afternoon and Rupa Joshi read some parts of the book in the auditorium. Books written and illustrated by Rato Bangala students were also launched at the session. Simultaneously, some powerful slam poetry performances were taking place in the outdoor stage area.

The Bal Sahitya Mahotsav (BSM) 2015 is free to attend for government school participants. For others, its Rs. 150 entry fee. The festival will also travel to Accham, Bajura, Kalikot and Mugu. The Bal Sahitya Mahotsav (BSM) 2015 team comprises of the Government of Nepal, UNICEF, World Education and Rato Bangala (School, Foundation and Kitab).

For the second day activities of Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015, please visit this link.

Get ready for Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015

EVERY WHICH WAY UP EVEREST

Rato Bangala is organizing the First Children’s Literature Festival to be held on February 21 and February 22, 2015. The festival will take place at Rato Bangala School, Patandhoka, Lalitpur.

According to the festival’s website, in support of the National Early Grade Reading Program (NEGRP) and to enhance reading skills and foster a love of literature in all its forms, the concept of Nepal’s first Bal Sahitya Mahotsav (or Children’s Literature Festival Nepal) was born. The Bal Sahitya Mahotsav (BSM) 2015 will be held for free for government school participants and will then travel to various districts for district-level festivals.

Bal Sahitya Mahotsav will feature various workshops, slam poetry, dances, meet the authors, book signings and also celebrity read alouds (Tulasi Diwasa, Narayan Wagle, Amrit Gurung among others), Please visit Bal Sahitya Mahotsav’s official website for complete schedule.

EVERY WHICH WAY UP EVEREST, a new children’s book (pictured above) by Kanak Mani Dixit & Diwakar Chettri, will also be launched in Nepali and English at Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015.

Image source: Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015 Facebook page
Some text from Bal Sahitya Mahotsav 2015 website

24th Edition of Conversations with Kumar Nagarkoti and Shekhar Kharel

Kumar Nagarkoti's Fossil wins NBPAN's Barsha Pustak 2013

Embassy of India Kathmandu and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation is hosting the 24th edition of Conversations today at Nepal Bharat Library.

The 24th edition of Conversations will feature Kumar Nagarkoti’s “Aksharganj” and his literary journey. This Conversations event will be moderated by Shekhar Kharel. The FREE event starts at 4pm and is open for anyone interested to attend. Nepal Bharat Library is located at Nepal Airlines Building, New Road.

Some text from Embassy of India Kathmandu Facebook page.

Twin book launch today at Yalamaya Kendra Patan Dhoka

Kamal P Malla's 'Road to Nowhere' reissue

Kamal P Malla’s ‘Selected Writings 1980-2010′ & ‘Road to Nowhere’ reissue are going to be launched today at YMK Patan Dhoka at 4 PM.

Kamal Malla has previously written “The road to nowhere. A selection of writings 1966-1977″ which was published by Sajha Publication. Other books by the author include “A Dictionary of Classical Newari Compiled from Manuscript Sources”, “Classical Newari Literature: A Sketch”, “Nepal: A Conspectus”, “NEPAL: PERSPECTIVES ON CONTINUITY AND CHANGE” among others.

This is an open invitation and everyone is welcome to attend. For location details of Yalamaya Kendra, please visit their Facebook page.

Image source: Kanak Mani Dixit Twitter page

25th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

25th edition of Poemandu

Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala India Nepal Foundation will host the 25th edition of Poemandu tomorrow at Nepal Bharat Library.

Poemandu is a montly event at the library. This 25th edition will feature recitation of poems in various languages such as Nepali, Hindi, English, Newari, Urdu, Maithi, Awadhi, Bhojpuri and more.

The FREE event starts at 4:00 pm. Nepal Bharat Library is located at Nepal Airlines Building, New Road.

2nd National Book Festival 2015 at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi

2nd National Book Festival 2015

Organized by the National Booksellers And Publishers Association of Nepal (NBPAN), the 2nd National Book Festival 2015 is currently ongoing at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi. The 10 day book festival boasts over 35 stalls and discounts are provided by almost all stalls.

The festival will run till this Saturday, February 7th. Publishers and exhibitors at the festival share that there has been certain days the traffic has been high and average on other days. Besides purchasing books, visitors can also sit in on various talk programs that are happening each day of the festival. A complete program guide can be found on NBPAN’s Facebook page.

Photos from various days of the festival are available on National Booksellers And Publishers Association of Nepal – NBPAN Facebook page. If you are interested to get more detailed information about the work of NBPAN, you can pick up a booklet from Prashanta Danuwar, Office Secretary of NBPAN at the festival.

Did you visit the 2nd National Book Festival 2015? If you did, share your experience with us.

 

In Need of Editors

Editor

A thought provoking conversation took place over Twitter on the current context of book editors. Rabi Thapa, Manjushree Thapa, Subhash Ghimire, Sushma Joshi and Prawin Adhikari were in the conversation.

Rabi stated that “going by typos\structure of many novels pub in India, editing has long way to go!” On that, Manjushree stated “Sure. But there’s not a single English fiction books editor in Nepal.” Sushma added “Editors, publishers, marketers, book reviewers, graphic designers. We need them all.”

It’s an interesting conversation and yes editing has a long way to go in the context of Nepal. We need quality editors and publishers should also value a well edited work of fiction or non-fiction. Readers are becoming wary of typos and sentence structures. Some readers have been quick to point out the mistakes to the authors via social media, in person conversations etc. A well edited work would definitely be appreciated by the readers and publishers will reap its benefits.

Image source: http://barbararogan.com/

Arrival of ‘Gorkhaki Chhori’

gorkhaki-chhori by Prajwal Parajuli

Prajwal Parajuly’s short story anthology ‘The Gurkha’s Daughter’ has been translated into Nepali and published with the title ‘Gorkhaki Chhori.’ The Nepalese translation is published by Nepalaya Publication and is currently in stores.

Nepalaya’s Kiran Shrestha was happy to share “we are trying to cater outstanding works designed in Nepali setting to Nepali readers.” ‘The Gurkha’s Daughter’ was translated into Nepali by Prajwal’s parents. Prajwal shared with us on Twitter that the translation took about a year.

The book was originally published by Quercus in 2013.

Some text and image from The Himalayan Times.

 

24th edition of Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

Poemandu at Nepal Bharat Library

Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation will host the 24th edition of Poemandu on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

The Poemandu event will take place at Nepal Bharat Library, Nepal Airlines Building, New Road at 3pm. This is a FREE event and is open to everyone.

Image source: Nepal Bharat Library

फेस्बुकमा

Manoj Shahi

कोहि कसैको बेदना देखिन्छ फेसबुकमा ।

अनि कसैको सम्वेदना देखिन्छ फेसबुकमा ।।

वास्तविक कल्पनि दुबैको जमात छ ।

स्याल पनि सेना देखिन्छ फेसबुकमा ।।

छुटे फुटेका हजार भेटिन्छन अचेल ।

प्रियसीका लेनादेना देखिन्छ फेसबुकमा ।।

सानिमाले फेरिछन नाम र उमेर पनि ।

खाना पाक्ने अगेना देखिन्छ फेसबुकमा ।।

हजुरबाको जवानि यहि हेर्न पाहिन्छ ।

फुपाजु पनि भेना देखिंन्छ फेसबुकमा ॥

-मनोज शाहि

जुम्ला

हाल : ठिमी ,भक्तपुर

Exclusive excerpt from Sajan Kc.’s debut novel “After Love”

After love by Sajan KC

Prologue

2011.11.19

Saturday.11:45 pm

The room claims darkness, the air gloats silence, the temperature persuades a flawless atmosphere to receive a good sleep. Despite, I find myself tossing and turning in my bed with head beneath the pillow and vice-versa, my eyes clenched at their best. I’ve been striving vainly for a proper sleep probably for the last two hours. Giving up at one point, I fling the sirak away, crawl off the bed in sheer frustration, and lie down on the rug.

I get up after no minute passes.

Turning on the light and cheering up the moth that must have been waiting eagerly for it, I begin to wander around the room as if looking for something lost. I go outside the room and enter the kitchen to fetch a glass of water from the fridge. Then moving to the room next door, I decide to watch the TV for a while.

Nothing special is shown.

I try to do everything very silently because I don’t want to spoil anyone’s sleep at home. Back to my room, I throw myself on the bed and take out the paperback of The Tutor of History I’ve been reading.

I cannot finish even a paragraph.

I don’t know why her face is roaming in front of me every now and then.

As it becomes impossible for me to sleep now, I shuffle outside toward the balcony and fall on an alone chair lying there in the cold like some bereft lover. Everyone in the neighborhood seems to be sound asleep already. Tomorrow I’ll have to wake up earlier for the extra-class-session in the schools. Having missed the schools even yesterday, obviously, some good damnation will be waiting for me if I don’t attend them tomorrow as well. But how can I teach if I myself am so anxious? I teach in two schools in the city now. Neither can I get new excuses every then and now nor can I like to listen to “Eh chemistry teacher, you know the whole chemical structure and formula of aspirin and you say you’ve a headache?” Perhaps, I should find more convincing excuses like a wedding of my distant relative. Wedding, what a splendid escapement or entanglement to swell the volume of my heartbeat. It starts beating faster, and my eyes moisten.

Mobile ring tone brings me back from the lonely desert of anxiety to the warm oasis of hope. Not believing my eyes, I carve a desperate smile on my gloomy face with a faint glint of hope. The number which I’ve been trying for so many times is now ringing in my hand. I click on the green button awkwardly not losing another moment.

“Sophia?” I say in hysteria of happiness. I realize such a loud happiness in the dead of night could reach to anyone.

“Emm… I’m Sonia,” says the voice disappointing me.

“Sonia, can I please talk to her?” I say knowing that her sister is standing right behind her.

“Gyan, Didi wants me to inform you that she never wants to meet you again. Emm… she does not want to talk to you nor wants to hear anything from you anymore.”

“Can you please give her the phone dammit?” my voice starts cracking.

“That’s all Didi got me to convey,” she says in her meek voice. “Didi doesn’t want you to disturb her any further.”

“I want to talk to her, right now,” I almost rant.

“Okay, I’ll put the phone off now. Bye!”

“Listen−”

She hangs up and I remain holding the dead call on my ear as such. When I try to call back, her phone is already off. Exasperating, I slip the phone back inside my pocket like a cigarette without a matchstick. I bite my lips, rub my face and pass my fingers through my hair. I know what this means to me. “Didi doesn’t want you to disturb her any further.” I am so annoyed at my folly that I feel like jumping off the house right now. But this two-storied building will merely break my bones at most. Perhaps, I should calm down taking the suicidal instincts at bay and soothe my mind to the Beatles,

You tell me that you’ve got everything you want

And your bird can sing

But you don’t get me, you don’t get me…

Returning to my room, I turn off the light, disappointing the moth once again, and crawl back into bed. I adjust the pillow puffier and pull the sirak up to the top of my head. When I try to shut my eyes this time, my ears ring sonorously like some beetle droning in a far away forest at mid-afternoon. Upright I sit, take my laptop from the table, and turn it on. I swallow a hard lump as I type my password − it’s time I changed it. The moth comes from somewhere and smashes itself into the bright screen of the laptop and falls miserably onto the keyboard losing bits of its wings. The moth fails at its attempt to commit suicide, so far. I look at it intently. After a while it disappears into the air.

Leaving all the songs in the folder The Beatles to the playlist, I rest my head on my hands combing my hair with my fingers at times. Two of Us starts playing imparting the empty air with some magic. From his cattery, Jimmie shows up, jumps on the bed and sits on my lap with a purr as if to sympathize. I click on the document folder, photo gallery and slideshow all the photos in the folder − Kunja.

Sajan Kc.’s debut romantic fiction novel “After Love” is available at all the major bookshops in Nepal. It is priced at Rs. 300.

Image source and excerpt provided by Sajan Kc.

Buddhi Sagar talks poetry, Karnali Blues and Firfire

Buddhi Sagar at Book Lovers event

Book Lovers Nepal’s first author interaction program featured Buddhi Sagar. The event took place at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Pictures from the event are here.

An enthusiastic group of book readers hosted the free event amidst a crowd of 100+. Buddhi Sagar talked about how he first got started in writing and it was a story that itself could make a nice biography. He acknowledged his many poetic publications and his struggles that eventually led to the writing of Karnali Blues. He also shared some insights into his upcoming novel, Firfire and briefly mentioned that it will be about a friendship between two people.  The book is going to be published by FinePrint and will be out soon. Many participants had a chance to ask him questions as well. The event concluded with poetry by several young poets of Kathmandu.

Book Lovers Nepal plans to have monthly literary program. Follow them on Facebook at Book Lovers Nepal.