Ujjwal Khadka is the writer of Gabu’s Ethereal Universe and Pinto, a children’s novel. We recently asked him five questions.
1.Which Nepali book do you wish you had written?
“Shirish ko Phool”, by Parijat. I love the voice of the introspective and thoughtful protagonist… Anytime a writer can create that effect, let the characters voice their most intimate thoughts (that often, very often, resonates with folks in society who find themselves in similar station) , I think it has served the greater purpose of penning a “great work of literature”, of writing a thoughtful novel: a novel that has the power to impact a society in a positive manner. Not surprisingly, “Shirish ko Phool” is currently taught at American Universities.
2.What Nepali book do you want to see a movie of?
“Palpasa Cafe” by Narayan Wagle. I equate literature to art, and this amazing book, to me, written from an artist’s perspective on the decade-long Maoist war, is just that: art. And hence, to me, a literature. Seeing this art-work, in an art-form of a different sort–movies–would make for a winning combination.
3.Which writer would you like to be for one day, if given a chance?
The writer that I would like to be for one day, if given a chance, would be the handsome French Nobel prize laureate in literature, Albert Camus, who penned many thoughtful and intellectual works and is hailed as one of the foremost literary voices of the Twentieth century.
From Nepal, the writer I’d be is Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota. I think he didn’t just write books, but he invented the very art and craft of great writing, devising and delineating many ways to go about writing. A true pioneer!
4.What is your favourite holiday destination?
New York City. I’ve been to this iconic city twice before but I still find myself longing to be there (whether I am in Nepal or in other States in U.S); to relish the local cuisine, coffee, bagel and pizza; to visit the Grand Central Train station; to see The Statue of Liberty and go strolling close to The Times Square.
5.What do you dream of being if you were not a writer?
Right from childhood, I aspired of becoming a doctor and I became one. Apart from writing and medicine, the other career that I’d typically choose is management. Why? Because management personnel, like doctors, are well-organized and disciplined.