Most stories are highly imaginative and thus able to conjure things that are beyond the natural world. And that, of course, is much more interesting than reading about world politics or economics. However, to brand non-fiction as bland would be wrong. In the recent years (some may argue since the beginning of literature itself), many works of non-fiction have been as powerful and creative as many fictional books out there, making readers realize that understanding world issues or people’s experiences is important too. Here are five of what we consider to be the best non-fiction books of the 21st century.
Books, really, have always been my first love. Reading them under the covers with tragically dim torchlights in the dead of the night, trying not to make any sound while I turn the pages, fighting the awful heaviness in my eyes just to get to next word, next line, next chapter, more, just a little bit more.
Romance books—scoff at it, laugh at it or love it—it would be ignorant of you to say they don’t have a dominant market in literature. If you’re one of those who can rarely be seen without a book, you know how hard it is to escape the subject in a story.
Use of poetry in English language teaching at educational institutions appears to be very uncommon practice in Nepal. There are several reasons behind this. First, there are people who don’t see much value of it. They see value in learning math, science, engineering, and information technology that are believed to have prestige and offer better-paid jobs. For them, learning and doing poetry is whimsical and it’s for impulsive people. Second, they think it’s hard to understand poetry. Third, they think poetry writing is difficult and it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. So, poetry is avoided as much as possible. Even if it is taught, it is done as compulsion because it is in the textbooks. As a result, students have missed the opportunities to be creative and go beyond what is seemingly impossible.
Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe’s social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country’s conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes.
We all know poetry is a somewhat elite form of literature. Have you ever tried reading a poem or two and wondered why it didn’t somehow make as much sense as you expected it to? If you are intimidated by the complexity of poems and have steered away from them all this while, then it’s time to change that.
Everyone grows up listening to short stories. Be it from our grandparents, parents, relatives or teachers. We all had at least one favorite storyteller. And on the occasion of eleventh edition of ‘Short Story Day’ (Laghu Katha Diwas), Laghu Katha Committee and Sarwanaam Theatre jointly organized a felicitation program. Along with that three short dramas were showcased on Thursday at Sarwanaam Theatre, Kalikasthan.
Throughout history women have fought and criticized oppression and discrimination via literature showing that they too can be as powerful and as creative as anyone else in the world. Here we bring to you a list of five books with iconic female leads that are worth a read (and perhaps a reread).
Baisakh brings memories of Parijat, the celebrated writer whose life was no less spectacular than her epic novels. She is a literary genius known not only for her entrancing writing style but also for artistic presentation of contemporary philosophies in works of literature: existential nihilism, absurdism, anarchism and Marxism.
Literature has always been part of Nepali culture. Nepali authors and poets are revered, awarded and hold a respectable position in the society. From Bal Krishna Sama to Parijat, Nepali writers have used literature as a medium to portray as well as critique the behavior of our society and the humanity in general. Works of writers, both past and present, can act as a window to the workings of the society as well. But with our school and college curriculum giving priority to English, it’s debatable whether or not the younger generation is reading as well as showing an interest in Nepali literature.
ROLPA, March 16: Runtighadi Development Conference was organized in Rolpa just a few days ago. As a result, another such function is on the way for the promotion of tourism and literature in the area. Local bodies of Rolpa with the support of other stakeholders are organizing the ‘Rashtriya Akshar Mahotsav’ this month. The two-day function will start on March 22.
Literature hasn’t been far behind in incorporating myths into its stories. Authors have also taken to making their own characters out of the mythological gods and goddesses in their books (Yes, Rick Riordan, we’re talking about you). There have been many fascinating books written over the years that do justice to the already-rich stories of the myths. Here are some we highly recommend.
Neelam Karki Niharika is making waves in the Nepali literature scene as one of the few female writers to be awarded the coveted ‘Madan Puraskar’ and the prestigious ‘Shree Padma Puraskar’. She has been writing for nearly two decades and her works have garnered praises from literary critics and readers alike.
In her late 50’s, she feels young and vibrant at heart. Shashikala Manandhar is one who deeply fell in love with her poetry that she penned at the age of 14. A devotee of literature, she shares an intimate bond with writing for which she has dedicated her entire life. Till now, she has penned more than a dozen novels and over two dozen short stories, child stories, and poetry collections. Her novel ‘Shaili’ has become a bestseller.
COPENHAGEN, Oct 1: The man at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was convicted of rape and sentenced to two years in prison on Monday.
Padhantey is an online bookstore that was launched in early May this year. Currently, the store is completely Instagram based but, despite that, it is one of the most prominent on-demand book delivery services in Nepal. It has already garnered around seven thousand followers on the social networking site and Anurag Paudel, one of its cofounders, reveals that him and Bibek Lamichhane, the other cofounder of Padhantey, are currently working on a easy to use and thorough website for it.
KATHMANDU, Aug 26: “A person without art, music, and literature is just like an animal without a tail.” This is one of the moral lessons mentioned in ‘Hitopadesha’. Likewise, one can have a true characteristic of humans, only after having the knowledge of these very things. Realizing this fact, schools these days include art, music, and literature in their curriculum.
I am an eighth grader at Kanya Mandir Secondary school. My immense devotion and love towards literature led me to participate in ‘Newari Sahityik Sammelan’, where I bagged the second position. I had recited a poem entitled ‘Jigu Dehya Nepa’, which roughly translates to ‘my country Nepal.’
The Swedish Academy has been in turmoil since November when Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by an influential culture figure with long-standing ties to the Academy.
Tej Prakash Shrestha is known for books of fiction and non-fiction. He started with writing poems in 1963. Later he shifted to travelogues and stories for children. He is better known for his children’s books such as ‘Timi Pani Deu Ma Phool Dinchu’, ‘Gharbhitra Kya Maaja’, ‘Mingmar’, among others.
“My choice of literature has never been constant. At every stage of life, I seem to like different kinds of books. Sometimes the books I read even reflect my mood and emotions,” says Subin Bhattarai, author of Summer Love. “But I do have a set of favorite books. I have read them multiple times and recommend everyone I meet to read them as well,” he adds.
Since the beginning of XX century, female writers started to step out of the shadow in this man's world. Read quotes of 13 outstanding of women who received Nobel Prize in literature and take time to read their best works.
If you are a literature geek, you can populate yourself with fellow enthusiasts at the ‘Nepal Youth Literature Festival’ that’s currently taking place in Budhanilkantha School. Organized by the school’s Drama and Debating Club, the festival opened on August 18.