Books are always your best friend. They say books don’t want anything in return and give you company anytime you need. Thanks to many amazing writers , who give us the best novels and stories to read. These books nor only refreshes but at times it makes you a better person that who you were. We have many great writers and books in Nepal as well. In thus list, I am listing names of amazing Nepali novels that you shouldn’t miss. These books have all the emotions. Some of them are based on life experiences while some are fiction. But these are the best books in Nepal.
Karnali Blues is book written by Buddhisagar. The main focus is in the character’s father. The boy describes his father and his childhood and all phases of life. The writer Buddhi Sagar has done an excellent job . It binds us throughout with different characters as Parvati didi, Mamata didi, Sharmila, Chandre, Bhagiram, Batu and so on. I read this book a year back but I still remember all of them. That is the beauty of this book. . Fine Print publication was the publisher of this book. The book is based on a young boy’s life and his father with whom he had the best memories .While at the end of Novel, his father is seriously ill and dies later. We see the father from different angle throughout the novel.
Karnali blues in english translation
The book has been translated into English by Michael Hutt, a well-known Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at the School of Oriental And African Studies . It can’t capture the true essence of the book but still the translator has done a great job. The book is now being sold in south Asian countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Bhutan and Maldives.
This is a perfect book and I recommend this to everyone. The book has beauty of childhood to moments of heart breaking chapters that will keep you connected with the story.
Seto Dharti is another extraordinary novel written by Amar Neupane. It received Madan Puraskar, the biggest literary award in 2012. The book is based on life of child widow. It showcases the life of a widow who got married at a very early age and her husband died . Child marriage was serious social problem and still it is practised in some very remote areas of country. The book has all the emotions, from childhood innocence and happiness to loneliness of a widow . A widow spends her entire life in loneliness and sadness.
Story of Tara
A young girl named Tara gets married to a boy at the age of seven . Her innocence couldn’t differentiate between marriage and just another function at home. Child marriage was common practice in 1850 to 1950 and the novel is about that time period. Her husband dies when he goes to Banaras for further studies.
Since then she spends her entire life in loneliness. The story continues with the struggles she faces throughout her life. She lives her husband’s house and lives with her parents. But her mother dies and she has to face even more difficulties. She takes care of the house. And later at her old days she moves to Devghat , a religious place for Hindus. This is simple story but the way it is written, it is commendable. The novel speaks against child marriage and all these made it worthy of Madan Puraskar. This is a must read for everyone.Make sure to get this book and read it in your free time. You won’t regret.
Palpasa cafe is a masterpiece by Nepali author Narayan Wagle. This is story of artist named Drishya. It depicts the period of Nepalese civil war . This is life story of the artist and his love story with a first generation American Nepali Palpasa who returns to Nepal.
The artist also sees the civil war from his perspective and that is what readers get throughout the book. This book is one of the best sellers in Nepalese literature. Even though it is the first book of Narayan Wagle, the writer did a great job.
The book received many honors and awards including literary award , the Madan Puraskar . It is also the first Nepali book available in Kindle .It comes in many portable and e book forms like pdf and mobi. The book has English and Korean language translations as well.
Sirish ko phool
Sirsish ko phool termed as blue Mimosa is a creation of the very well known writer Bishnu Kumari Waiba . Her literary name is Parijat and is a great gem of Nepali literature. She has exceptional creations and Sirish ko phool is one of them. She was born in Darjeeling but she spent most of her life in Kathmandu. Shirish ko Phool is male narrative novel . She describes different happenings through male perspective and this flip of gender is what that makes this novel extraordinary.
The book is one that everyone should read. It is quite different from usual Nepali novels . Her book Sirish ko phool published in 1965 received Madan Puraskar . It is treasure for Nepali literature . This book has translation in English and is part of curriculum in many colleges in foreign countries
Jhola is another extraordinary piece of art by Krishna Dharabasi . The novel Jhola is about the Sati Pratha that was prevalent in Nepalese society until 1920 AD. Sathi Pratha was a culture where women would immolate herself on death of her husband by burning herself in the funeral pyre. This is story of a young women who manages to escape from the Sati Pratha . The novel beautifully portrays the time harshness of Sati Pratha and also the eternal love between a mother and her son .The pratha was demolished by Chandra Shumsher . Movie also has been made based on this novel and the movie is also a masterpiece.