KATHMANDU, Jan 12: A novel titled Simana Khojdai by a former bureaucrat Laxmi Bilas Koirala was released amidst a special function in the capital on Friday.
Written on the basis of historical facts related to the personal life of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who initiated the unification of modern Nepal, the debut novel by Koirala was released jointly by chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Umesh Mainali, former Chief Election Commissioner Neelkantha Uprety, litterateur Prateek Dhakal and senior journalist and litterateur Purushottam Dahal, among others, on the occasion of the National Unity Day. Also Known as Prithvi Jayanti, the Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of late King Shah.
Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist Dahal thanked the author for bringing out the novel based on the historical facts concerning Nepal's founding father and helping the young generation to learn more about him through the novel. Mentioning that some western writers and those calling themselves progressive writers had tried to distort history concerning late King Shah, Dahal said the novel based on the historical facts of the life of late King Shah was an important contribution to all those who feel proud about the existence of Nepal and being Nepali nationals.