Yuyutsu Sharma to read with distinguished Irish Poets in Dublin

To celebrate the 75 years of India’s Independence, the Indian Embassy in Ireland hosts an evening of poetry and music where Yuyutsu Sharma reads with distinguished Irish poets, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Michael O’ Loughlin, Gabriel Rosenstock, Emer Davis , Judith Mok, Anne Tannam , Patrick Chapman, (with Reeti Mishra as Special Guest), in Dublin the Foxrock residence, Indian Embassy in Ireland event 8 oct, 5 and 7pm A high tea with poetry and music Host: Indian Embassy in Ireland

Yuyutsu Sharma’s 2022 Irish Tour

Sunday 2 Oct, 2022 2 pm Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Droichead Art Centre with Drogheda Creative Writers Host: Marian Clarke

Tuesday Oct 4. 6 pm to 7 pm Translating poetry to and from Nepali with Yuyutsu Sharma Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation 36 Fenian Street D02 CH22 Dublin, Ireland https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/421269106237/

Friday 7 Oct, 2022. 8 pm Yuyutsu Sharma  reads with Michael Coady and Mark Roper, , Poetry Plus – Carrick-on-Sui Hosted by Margaret O’ Brien

Saturday 8 Oct,2022 5-7 pm :Yuyutsu  Sharma reading with Irish Poets, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Michael O’ Loughlin, Gabriel Rosenstock, Emer Davis , Judith Mok,  Anne Tannam , Patrick Chapman, (with Reeti Mishra as Special Guest), in Dublin the Foxrock residence, Indian Embassy in Ireland event 5 and 7pm A high tea with poetry and music Host: Indian Embassy in Ireland.

Lost Horoscope & Other New Poems

by Yuyutsu Sharma

 
Lost Horoscope & Other New Poems by Yuyutsu Sharma ISBN 978-8195781638 pp. 72 Hardcover Rs. 495 Amazon USA : https://www.amazon.com/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp

“The world-renowned Himalayan poet”

The Guardian

“Like “globes of light” along a narrow path through “blind night,” these syncopating couplets offer neither escape nor absolution, but something more tangible for “bleary-eyed wanderers”: Company along the way.” 

—Charles Bernstein

“Yuyutsu Sharma should be known as The Himalayan Neruda”

Mike Graves

“Yuyutsu Sharma is one of the finest poets on planet earth”

—American poet Sean Thomas Dougherty, author, The Second O of Sorrow

Lost Horoscope is a grand poem of loss, healing and recovery in the Covid times by Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma. The title poem captures, in words of American poet James Ragan, “an enlarged memory of his childhood and his creative will to recover and rediscover what healing eternal truths lay, lost and buried in our collective unconscious decades and centuries ago.”

The book also showcases 13 new poems that Yuyutsu wrote before the Pandemic and bear testimony to his evolution as a poet, celebrating diversity of multiple forms and faith. Here folk imagination fuses with the personal histories to recreate his encounters with the wayward shadows of his relentless travels around the globe: a young woman revealing her actual age in a Chengdu bar, a lost lover on the flagstone steps of the Annapurna’s steepest climb, a stranger’s request to compose a poem at a birthday party in a San Francisco, a scorpion scar on the marble shoulder of an Australian interpreter in Beijing Book bar, the sighting of jasmine flowers at Vishnu’s alter at a Boston Art Exhibit, a hillside grandma’s advice revealing the wisdom of eating ants to improve eyesight and a demon child on a giant swing ready to unhinge the hunger of the huddled huts in the high Himalayas. In the final poem, the poet reminisces on his life wondering where the story of his travels around the world would come to an end.

These powerful, humane and heart-rendering poems composed in the heat and hush of Yuyutsu’s travels are true jasmine jewels of the modern-day wisdom restored to seek solace in our turbulent times. Another tour de force from the maestro who makes his living as a poet and wears his world and his vocation like his coat to create eternal gems of the contemporary times.

I feel unable to praise Yuyutsu Sharma’s new collection adequately. I think of Whitman, Neruda, Lorca. Sharma is a fever and river, at moments a rhapsody and the gods sing through him even his workshop is messy. Yuyutsu Sharma should be known as The Himalayan Neruda not only for the torrents of images and compassion and outrage in his poetry but for the range of his subjects, themes and imagery. Reading him I feel as I do when reading Neruda that he could make first rate poetry out of anything, as he ranges like a vartic voice of the Himalayas through the natural beauties of Nepal and cities of the world.”

—Mike Graves, American poet and teacher, City University of New York, author, A Prayer for the Less Violent Offenders

 “A mini epic of recovered and enlarged memory.”

Robert Scotto, Author, Imagined Secrets, Professor, Baruch College

“There’s a brilliance in the mind of the poet whose imagination created this gem of a poem out of the “crumpled calendar of chaos,” aptly called the “Lost Horoscope.” I was hypnotically immersed in the structure of steps that each stanza offered, hurling the reader down into memory, into the “wingless realm of illogical proclamations” and the resultant “wasteful heap of despair,” while seeking “solace, sleep, and salvation” to arrive at the epiphany that “perhaps all those prophesies were true.” Like an Eliot poem, to gain the enlightenment inherent in this poem, you must read the poem again to capture the nuance and metaphysics of the allusions connecting each image, each stanza, to recover the revelatory “medley of omens” leading to the abyss of “imminent doom.” One must journey, “sight fractured,” through the “moldy world of rickety realities” –typhoid, covid– while “humming the prayers, drenched in the Monsoon showers of the Himalayan valleys rolling in the world of spirits and sages.” Like the poet, one must risk the life of his creative will to recover and rediscover what healing eternal truths lay, lost and buried in our collective unconscious decades and centuries ago… a magnificent sight-healing journey.” — James Ragan, the Emerson Poetry Prize, NEA Fellowship, the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator.

He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Four books of his poetry have appeared in French, Spanish and Slovenian.

Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, P.E.N, Paris, Whittier College, California, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn,  Rubin Museum, New York, Cosmopoetica, Cordoba, Spain, The Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Lu Xun Literary Institute, Beijing,  The Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, FIP, Buenos Aires, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, International Poetry Festival, Granada,  Nicaragua, Nehru Center, London, Beijing Normal University, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, London Olympics 2012, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy. 

He has held workshops in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Beijing Open University, New York University, New York and Columbia University, New York.

In 2020, his work was showcased at Royal Kew Gardens in an Exhibit, “Travel the World at Kew.” Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.

Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma edits Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator.

 He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Four books of his poetry have appeared in French, Spanish and Slovenian.


Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places and held workshops in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Beijing Open University, New York University, New York and Columbia University, New York.

In 2020, his work was showcased at Royal Kew Gardens in an Exhibit, “Travel the World at Kew.”

Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.

Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma edits Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Upcoming Nirala release American poet Ellen Lytle’s Marvel (the word)

Ellen Lytle : Marvel (the word) ISBN 978-81-951915-6-7 pp.112

‘elle lytle’s beautifully written poems have made a marvelous book’…

Michael Graves/ Preparing the Apology

‘The elegance and ease with which Ellen’s poems present themselves is charming, disarming and welcoming. But within their subtlety and lightness there lies great depth and power. Ellen is well worth reading and rereading’…

John S Hall/ poet and lead vocalist (King Missile)

‘exciting when the words set foot uninvited’… Ellen Aug Lytle writes. A pot luck dinner party where every random bite is a delicacy: ‘a mile high cupcake’/ Her dog, ‘an old guy, barking for his walk to the bank, just one biscuit’…

Jill Hoffman/ The Gates of Pearl/ founding editor of Mudfish

ellen aug lytle’s poetry finds a beautiful depth in our everyday experiences and struggles.  She conjures sensuous images, unexpected metaphors that startle us into realizing how extraordinary life is with all its challenge and wonder…

Patricia Lynne Duffy/ blue cats and chartreuse kittens; how synesthete color their world; Henry Holt & Company

ok, new yorkers, ok world! finally, and at last ellen lytle has unleashed the full dynamo of her decades in the poetry salt mines…’ 

— Bob Holman

Ellen Lytle

American poet ellen wendy (‘windy’) aug lytle, a former journalist, and newspaper reporter/editor, from nyc and rupert, vermont/ who currently, in dribs and drabs, wants to finish her memoir/novel ‘bad fit’/ three books of poetry including, lettuce afternoon; ikon press, american goods; ikon press; homefront; nyq press (currently on amazon) / two books of fiction: mss; linear arts press ; factory fish; linear arts press / awards include columbia university; surgam literary award;1st prize; hudson valley writer’s award; prize for the month / a former photographic model for 15 minutes!/  she sketches, paints, adores art, music and language/ a mom/grandma in love w/children, animals, dance and baking/ elle lives in new york city (has taught writing for 5 years at the bronx community college, now teaches for poets & writers, inc./ aug lytle studied ‘the craft of poetry’ and playwriting w/william packard; nyu and hb studios;1975-79/ her archives are in the ‘special collections’ of the fales library, at ny university

Upcoming Nirala Release: Kumar Vikram’s Men’s Lib and other literary, cultural and personal essays

 Kumar Vikram: Men’s Lib and other literary, cultural and personal essays ISBN 978-81-9519-153-6 pp.260 Rs. 795 Indian
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This ground-breaking volume examines how one interacts, responds and gets influenced by historical ideas and figures belonging to literature or public life.

Men’s Lib bears testimony to the way one gets evolved as a thinking individual where writers, thinkers, poets, public figures apparently as diverse as Edward Said, Maulana Azad, Brajkishore Prasad, Nagarjun, Barack Obama, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Vishnu Khare, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Mngalesh Dabral, to name a few—including one’s father and brother—jostle together to develop perspectives on multi-layered marginal discourse in which gender discourse is presented as the leitmotif of all dialogue.

A matchless, scintillating treatment of history, literature, contemporary socio-cultural fault lines, translation of ideas and texts along with personal memoirs of people, poets and places—come together to offer an enriching, passionate and intellectually stimulating experience to the reader.

This cogent collection of lucid ideas breathes the air of multi-layered and nuanced post-colonial and identity discourse impacting all thinking human beings in these complex times.

 

This is a work blazing with the spirit of a deep and large hearted humanism. The concerns of the book—political, literary and personal—are about catching a moving force that is at once iconoclastic and integrative. It stands firmly against provocative outbursts and finality of convictions. Bridges are rather built by appreciating the unresolved contours of living relationalities.”

Prof. Prasanta Chakravarty, Professor of English, University of Delhi

“Here is a collection of essays that strikes a balance between academicism and accessibility, a rare feat these days… A fascinating collection in simple prose.”

— Prof. K Satchidanandan, Malayalam poet, critic, playwright, editor, columnist and translator

“Deep dives into his topics open up new worlds, and for foreigners, many of the essays are perfect to get a better understanding of today’s India.”

Claudia Kaiser, Vice-President, Frankfurt Book Fair

“In a broader context, he reconfigures contemporary history and its cultural icons, as he does larger social configurations, contested ideologies and literary canons. He takes us into multiple directions just as life takes us to and enables us to watch them from close quarters.

Prof. Anisur Rahman, Poet, Translator and Critic

“This eclectic collection of essays is a veritable smorgasbord of thought-provoking discussion by an erudite, decidedly empathetic male with vast-ranging knowledge across the socio-cultural and literary scape.”

— Rami Chhabra, Columnist and Feminist Writer

“Useful, enjoyable and quietly encouraging read”

Asad Zaidi, Poet-Critic and Translator

Kumar Vikram

Kumar Vikram (b. 1973, Bihar) is an independent researcher with special interest in post-colonial and feminist studies. He is an essayist, translator, bilingual poet, book diplomat and a publishing editor with nearly 25 years of experience.

A post-graduate in English Literature from Kirorimal College, University of Delhi, he is author of Short Essays (2002), and co-author (with Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha) of T S Eliot: An Intensive Study of Selected Poems (Spectrum Books, New Delhi).

Currently, a Senior Editor with National Book Trust, India, he has delivered talks, and participated in conferences on publishing, translations and literature in India and at various cities and international book fairs of the world like Frankfurt, Beijing, London, Seoul, Warsaw, Moscow, Guadalajara, Abu Dhabi, Paris etc.

He lives in New Delhi with wife, Deepti, 13-year old daughter, Siya, and his mother.

A People’s History of Nepal

by Meena Ojha

ISBN  978-8195191543 pp 360 First Edition 2022 Paper Demy Rs. 795 Indian Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/8195191541?ref=myi_title_dp
Amazon India: https://www.amazon.com/dp/8195191541?ref=myi_title_dp

A People’s History of Nepal is a ground-breaking treatise, bringing to light the epoch-making events that transformed the Himalayan nation from the darkness of Middle Ages to the modern-day republic. The author celebrates momentous contributions of the Nepalese people who played a heroic role in shaping the current face of the Nepalese polity. Dr Ojha begins with the background of the 1950 Democratic Movement and moves on to analyze several key events including King Tribhuwan’s participation, King Mahendra’s Royal Takeover in 1960, and its aftermath in detail. In the following chapters, the key upheavals during one-party Panchayat regime and the building of 1990 People’s Movement that ushered multiparty democracy in Nepal are presented empirically. Subsequently, the author delves into the raging decade involving the People’s Movement and the role of the political parties in the restoration of a multiparty system followed by the Direct Rule of King on October 4, 2002. The last chapters analyze the Maoist War 1996-2006 and the People’s Movement-2007 and the emergence of the Constituent Assembly in 2008. Employing primary and secondary sources like newspapers, leaflets and pamphlets, interviews with the actors and the participants in the democratic struggle, Dr. Ojha brings alive the turbulent years of the Nepalese people’s struggle to usher freedom, justice and democracy in numerous shades and colors. She expresses grief that even after seven decades of political struggle the major task of national development remains a distant dream even today.. This monumental book by a distinguished Nepalese woman scholar is a must to scholars, political analysts, policy makers as well lay readers interested in understanding undercurrents of the contemporary Nepalese history and politics.

A People’s History of Nepal is a ground-breaking  treatise, bringing to light the epoch-making events that transformed the Himalayan nation from the darkness of Middle Ages to the modern-day republic. The author celebrates momentous contributions of the Nepalese people who played a heroic role in shaping the current face of the Nepalese polity.

 “A comprehensive account of recent Nepali history covering a span of almost sixty years… Personality studies have pre-occupied the attention of Nepali historians. But Dr. Menna Ojha has made a careful departure from this accepted norm and emphasized people’s role in the three revolutions of 1950, 1990 and 2006… monumental work on the people of Nepal.”

 –Prof. Prem Raman Uprety, Tribhuwan University

Professor Meena Ojha

Dr. Meena Ojha is a distinguished Nepalese scholar and political analyst. She was educated at Tribhuwan University where she received a PhD for her research on contemporary politics in Nepal. She has received numerous awards and honors including Mahendra Vidya Bhushan. She works as Associate Professor at Tribhuwan University and is the author of Students Politics and Democracy in Nepal (Nirala, 2010).

She lived in Kathmandu.

Announcing Call for Submission, Pratik’s Australian Poetry Edition, Fire and Rain – co-curated and supported by APWT, Australian Poets Writers and Translators collaboration

Fire and Rain – Call for Submissions + $500 AUD Cash Prize

Fire and RainPratik:A Magazine of Contemporary WritingAustralian Poetry Edition https://niralapublications.com/new-booksarrivals/pratik-magazine/pratik-magazine-2/ co-curated and supported by APWT https://www.apwriters.org+ $500 AUD cash prize for winning entry.

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) and Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing invite submissions for Fire and Rain – a special edition of the magazine focused on Australian poetry. The theme acts as a kicking off point and is open to interpretation – we seek previously unpublished poetry that evokes a sense of Australia – either geographically, spiritually, politically, linguistically,culturally,or otherwise. This edition celebrates the diversity of Australian poetic perspectives and voices – we welcome submissions from both established and emerging poets, indigenous writers and LGBTIQ+ community. We are open to experimental forms and multiple submissions are permitted. Previous well received special editions of Pratik magazine have focused on writing from Ireland, Los Angeles and Nepal amongst others and we foresee Fire and Rain will contribute to this ongoing international conversation with vibrant new work from Australian poets. Pratik published quarterly is edited by the world-renowned Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma in Kathmandu and has become a significant international platform of creative writing. You can access previous editions of Pratik here http://pratikmagazine.blogspot.comand it is also available for purchase via Amazon. Readers for this edition will be editor of PratikYuyutsuSharma, Executive Director of APWT and author Dr Sally Breen and celebrated Australian poet Jennifer Mackenzie. One entry selected by the readers will be awarded the $500 AUD cash prize. Submission is open to financial members of APWT – not a member? Join here: https://www.apwriters.org/become-a-member/

Visit our Submittable Page to enter: https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit

Submission close: April 1st2022

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to emerging and established Australian poets who are financial members of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators. New members are welcome to submit – you can join APWT via the following link: https://www.apwriters.org/become-a-member/
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • No more than five poems may be submitted. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, but must feature reference to some aspect of Australia as identified in the blurb.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each new submission requires a new fee.
  • Please include a brief cover note with your professional bio and a brief introduction via the submittable page where indicated.
  • Submission fee of $5 USD.
  • Deadline is midnight April 1st, 2022.
  • The decision of the readers is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding work submitted. If you have a general query about the callthen please feel free to contact admin@apwriters.com

Social Media Call for Subs Version

Fire and Rain – Call for Submissions

Fire and RainPratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing Australian Poetry Edition co-curated and supported by APWT + $500 AUD cash prize for winning entry

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) and Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing invite submissions for Fire and Rain – a special edition of the magazine focused on Australian poetry. The theme acts as a kicking off point and is open to interpretation – we seek previously unpublished poetry that evokes a sense of Australia – either geographically, spiritually, politically, linguistically, culturally, or otherwise. This edition celebrates the diversity of Australian poetic perspectives and voices – we welcome submissions from both established and emerging poets, indigenous writers and LGBTIQ+ community. We are open to experimental forms and multiple submissions are permitted. Pratik published quarterly is edited by the world-renowned Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma in Kathmandu and has become a significant international platform of creative writing. You can read more about the call and enter via our Submittable Pagehttps://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submitSubmission is open to financial members of APWT – not a member? Join here: https://www.apwriters.org/become-a-member/Submissions close on April 1st 2022.

New Book Release: Folk Culture of Nepal: An Analytical Study by Ram Dayal Rakesh

ISBN 978-81-939367-0-2 pp 144 2nd Edition 2022 Paper Demy Rs. 395 Indian
Amazon India and US Links: https://www.amazon.in/dp/8193936701?ref=myi_title_dp https://www.amazon.com/dp/8193936701?ref=myi_title_dp

Folk Culture of Nepal is a significant treatise for anthropologists and scholars interested in Nepal’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. It’s is an engrossing analysis of the creative life of the Nepalese masses. Considering the analysis of oral traditions as the beginning point of any study of Nepalese culture, Rakesh presents a varied and vivid account of the Nepalese myths legends, fairy tales, traditional games, riddles, proverbs and folk arts and crafts. The book lays specific emphasis on the mechanism of the Gurungs’ Rodigarh, the diversity of Maithili culture and the fundamental network of the Tharu’s cultural charisma. It includes introductory information on legendary city Janakpur, cultural events and features like Jhumar, Bhagat Nach, Jat-Jatin, Maithil Folk Art and Alpana in Maithili Culture. 

Folk Culture of Nepal, the first attempt of its kind, is a native, first-hand inquiry into the poetry of average Nepalese mind.

Folk Culture of Nepal the author, Dr Ram Dayal Rakesh, explores the cultures of both the Hill areas and the Plains of Nepal with his keen and penetrating insight. Though Dr Rakesh has literature as his principal educational background, he has also been engaged in the study of popular and folk culture. As a result of this, we find a combination of literary talent and cultural concern in his writings.Hiroshi Ishii in Foreword

Born at Janakpur in 1942, Ram Dayal Rakesh was educated mainly at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu from where in 1965 he received his Master’s degree and later in 1975 the University of Delhi awarded him a PhD for his pioneering research on the comparative study of contemporary Hindi and Nepali poetry. Since then Rakesh has written extensively on Nepalese art and culture.  A widely travelled writer, and a former member of the Royal Nepalese Academy, he has published his original works as well as the translations of Hindi and Japanese poetry in distinguished magazines at home and abroad.  Rakesh lives in Kathmandu

Ram Dayal Rakesh

Upcoming Release: International Boundaries of Nepal by distinguished Nepalese scholar, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha

ISBN 978-81-951915-7-4 pp 536  Paper Demy Rs. 1295 Indian

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MZGGG5M?ref=myi_title_dp Amazon India: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MZGGG5M?ref=myi_title_dp

Distinguished Nepalese Geographer, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha’s International Boundaries of Nepal is a highly informative and updated account of the Nepal’s crucial boundary issues with its mighty neighbours, India and China. The book contains an account of Shrestha’s theoretical as well as practical experiences with international boundary principles along with a case study on the flaming issues that has sparked widespread debate and controversy in South Asia. The case study discusses issues like negotiation on the Chinese claim to Mount Everest, the conflict on border marker 57 between Nepal and China, the divergence on the height of Mount Everest, the dishonouring Masonry Boundary Pillar by India, Kalapani-Limpiyadhura border issue with India, the settling of Susta border dispute with India, the legitimacy of Lipulek border Pass and the Battle of Maps on the Border. Having worked as a Director General of the Survey Department of Nepal and officially served several significant Nepalese Boundary Committees with the Nepal’s neighbouring nations, Shrestha examines the historic dates and rare reports and alludes to crucial events in history that shaped the fate of Nepal and its boundaries with its neighbours along with other south Asian nations like Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the process, Shrestha evaluates several historic treaties and policy initiatives including Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States and Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) of China and India’s ‘Neighbour First’ policy and attempts to come up with a clear vision and understanding of Nepal’s place as a sovereign land-locked nation.

Highly illustrated with archival images and maps, the book is a  must-read for all interested in fast changing face of the Himalayan nation.

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, who has been responsible for putting out justification for the new claims against India, is unable to deny it either. But he now says that the trijunction at this end has not been determined and that notionally it would be pillar number zero on the boundary!

Shyam Saran in Indian Express, Former India’s Ambassador to Nepal (2002-04), Former Indian foreign secretary and senior fellow CPR.

Buddhi Narayan Shreshta, from his long years of field experience and research, has provided us with this valuable International Boundaries of Nepal the history and politics of borders by Nepal with its neighbors, an interesting read.

— Ambassador (Dr) Amarendra Khatua, , Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India

­­­­Buddhi Narayan Shrestha. Reflecting upon his own boundary philosophy and numerous travels across various borders of the world, he has certainly presented an enriching insights on border issues and management.

Dr. Jussi P. Laine, President, Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland 

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha has continued to be involved in our work in health care and education, even though those areas are far afield from his passion and expertise: mapping and border issues. Even with the many books he’s written, speeches he’s presented, interviews he’s granted, and trips he’s taken around the globe as the world’s leading expert on Nepal’s boundary issues,

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jack Starmer, Director, Health Care Nepal, New Hampshire, (USA)

One Buddhi Narayan has made significant contributions to keeping the country’s territorial integrity intact by speaking, writing, compiling and publishing maps in favor of Nepal.

Bhairab Risal, Activist-Senior Journalist in Nagarik Daily

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, a border expert who has been advocating for Nepal in this map conflict for a long time, deserves the most thanks. After his retirement from the government job, the country has benefited from his map struggle.

Krishna Khanal, Contemporary Political Writer, Columnist in Kantipur Daily

Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha has visited several countries to acquaint them with problems faced by Nepal in National Boundary Demarcation and Border Management between Nepal and India.

Prof. Dr. Mohan P. Lohani, Former Ambassador to Bangladesh

 Buddhi’s unique knowledge, passion for his subject and inimitable style combine to make for a highly entertaining, informative and rewarding survey. Even casual readers will find much to enjoy, but for boundary specialists it is a treasure trove that will surely become the key reference work on Nepal’s boundaries.

Martin Pratt, Professor and Director, Bordermap Consulting, Former Director, International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU), University of Durham, UK

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha

Distinguished Nepalese geographer and Border Researcher, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha has authored over a dozen books including Border Management of Nepal, Indo-Nepal Frontier Barrages & Dams. Knowledge on Boundaries, Knowledge on Earthquakes and Collection of Historical Boundary Maps Related to Nepal.

Currently, he is Managing Director at Bhumichitra Mapping Company and previously served as Director General, Government Survey Department of Nepal. He has led several international delegations including Nepal-India Joint Technical Level Boundary Committee and Nepal-China Boundary Committee.

He is recipient of several awards and honors including Madan Prize, Nepal, Dolezol Award (Viena- Austria). National Award for Excellence, Nepal Government. Certificate of Appreciation from International Federation of Surveyors, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Currently, he lives in Kathmandu.

New Nirala Release : Indian Portraits

Eight Christian Encounters with Hinduism

by Yann Vagneux

Indian Portraits : Eight Christian Encounters with Hinduism by Yann Vagneux

ISBN 978-81-951915-8-1 2021 Rs. 795 Indian Paperback

Foreword by Bettina Sharada Bäumer Translated from the French  by Roderick Campbell Guion, Caroline Malcolm & William Skudlarek

Yann Vagneux’s Indian Portraits is a seminal book depicting the lives of eight Christians who have experienced a deep encounter with Hinduism through a bold spiritual quest. Each of them has become the seed of a reconciled world. This may be through a luminous service of the poor as with Mother Teresa, the Jesuit Pierre Ceyrac, Jean Vanier and the L’Arche communities, or through the silence of a hidden contemplative life as with Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) and his two disciples Ajatananda and Sister Thérèse, Vandana Mataji or the hermit Prasanna Devi. Known or unknown, these deep voices are an inexhaustible source of inspiration leading us to discover our own spiritual path in a world signed by plurality and a desire for a greater communion.

Spun out of Yann Vagneux’s deeply lived experiences earned during his travels on the paths of his devotional sojournin the holy city of Banaras and mystic heights of Himalayas, the book is a must read for all those interested in understanding the unique mosaic of faiths that forms the very basis of spirituality in India.

These eight Indian portraits are the fruits of Father Yann’s own contemplation and lived experience as one who travels alongside such human saints and shares their vocation of a Christian life in India. There is indeed a ninth portrait in this book, revealed in the brushstrokes of its author, which is equally inspiring.
– Carrie Lock, Foundress of Aranya Kutir, an interspiritual and contemplative ashram in Rishikesh

Higher spiritual experiences are neither Hindu nor Buddhist nor Christian. Even though the experiences themselves may have originated among the followers of one of these religions, these experiences take spiritual aspirants beyond the boundary of the traditions to which they belong. The very purpose of sadhana (spiritual practice) is to attain the highest freedom.
Indian Portraits is worth reading for both the enquirers and the followers of all traditions. Despite legitimate differences of opinions which may exist, they can gain a great deal from this book as it gives us a unique vantage point on the experiences of eight mystics who went beyond the frontiers of their own religion as they lived contemplative and service-oriented lives in the Holy Land of Bharatavarsha (India).
Swami Ekarthananda, President and Spiritual Head, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Nepal

Indian Portraits draws us into the edifying stories of eight spiritual personalities, Western or Indian by origin, who strove to live up to the ideals shown them in the Gospels and by pioneering monastics such as Jules Monchanin and Henri Le Saux. Persons as familiar to us as Mother Teresa and lesser known pilgrims come to life in these pages. Together, they are members of a wide and deep spiritual community that reached from the West to the East, thriving in Indian soil. The volume as a whole is the meditation of Yann Vagneux, himself a young Christian monastic in India who seeks to live in the 21st century the ideals he narrates to us. Indian Portraits helps us to remember saintly figures of the past, but also to re-imagine for ourselves how we might be wiser and more spiritual in the diverse and changing world of today.
– Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

It is amazing how Indian society, which is predominantly Hindu, has always been open to wisdoms flowing in from the entire universe. With communicative words, Yann Vagneux has painted several portraits of Christians who have totally identified with the deepest spirit of India through friendly encounters across religious boundaries. In them, Hinduism and Christianity have been interacting and conversing in honesty with a desire for mutual understanding and enrichment, overcoming mutual suspicions which have not been lacking throughout history. This book shows what human beings have in common and what can promote fellowship among them. Here are rays of hope for a society of peace and harmony, not only in India but far beyond.
– Felix Machado, Archbishop of Vasai and General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India

In a world riddled with seismic religious fractures, Yann Vagneux’s work is a reflection of virtues he embodies as a person. As we are confronted with suffering and pain, Yann’s Indian Portraits offers us a way to heal. It comes from his compassion, love, and a deep understanding of India and what it has to offer to the world. Highly recommended.
– Rahul Pandita, Journalist and Author of Our Moon has Blood Clots

Himself touched by the same spirit of openness to the religious other, Yann Vagneux offers a moving account of the lives of Christian women and men who have ventured into the heart of India and Hinduism and who have drawn timeless wisdom from the experience. This book will be a source of inspiration for anyone seeking to broaden their spiritual horizon and learn from spiritual pioneers who have gone before us.
– Catherine Cornille, Professor of Comparative Theology and Newton College Alumnae Chair, Boston College

When we struggle to understand a person intimately, we enter a journey within ourselves. When we are in the company of eight persons then we are blessed far more than we expected. Yann is promising us a foretaste of the eschatological banquet.
–Subhash Anand, Emeritus Professor of Indian Philosophy and Religions, Jnana Deep Vidyapeeth

This excellent book brings to the reader the joys of experiential religion. Here is a gifted writer who understands that building bridges across culture, languages and religions is the need of the hour globally. The lucidity of YannVagneux’s language brings to us the sense of shared journeys and sustained archival research.
– Susan Visvanathan, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Indian Portraits bursts forth with a gentle brave voice, unravelling a religious and spiritual practitioners’ India. The gentleness is in the description of the great Christian personages, the bravery is in YannVagneux’s expression of a language of a new spiritual theology. Unsurprising then that this focused account has behind it more than two decades of the author’s exploration of spiritual geographies in the subcontinent, lit and perfumed by the candle and the camphor.
– Ravi Nandan Singh, Professor of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University

Indian Portraits carries the memory of all those who, often in silence and with great courage, have widened the spaces of love. It is not a book depicting only the past, but above all foreshadowing a future in which all of us have to enrol in order to hasten the advent of peace, understanding and greater communion between people and religions. Thanks to Father Yann, who came among us along the banks of the Ganges a decade ago, for reopening so many sources of inexhaustible inspiration.
– Raphy Manjaly, Archbishop of Agra and Member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Yann Vagneux’s work makes a vital contribution to the study of Christianity in India and of the Church’s encounter with Hinduism. Among the eight persons whose stories are told here are familiar ones such as Mother Teresa of Calcutta; but Vagneux also recounts the spiritual journey of a few figures whose stories have never before been told in print. These portraits are informed not only by his grounding in theology and Christian spirituality, but also by his experience of India, especially his years of study in Varanasi, the sacred centre of Hinduism. The friendships he has nurtured in South Asia have made him one of the most prominent and effective voices in the Church’s dialogue with Hinduism.
– Gregory Sharkey SJ, director of the Boston College Nepal Program and professor of Nepalese Religions at Kathmandu University.

No one else other than Yann Vagneux could write this delicate and scholarly book, infused by his own path and experience. My own first name, François-Xavier, from the Jesuit missionary, is not the only reason why this book did not leave me indifferent. Nor the fact that the interreligious dialogue is obviously a crucial part of mutual understanding between people. Indeed, as a diplomat, I feel that, like the lives depicted in this book, we have to accept being uprooted but also remaining deeply rooted; to express a sincere sense of respect to foreign cultures while keeping our own identity and the sense of our mission; to give high value to dialogue but keep a time for silence and in-depth reflection. As these women and men of faith, we also embark upon a life long journey having the unique privilege of experiencing the hospitality and the interior richness of so many people.
– François-Xavier Léger, French Ambassador in Nepal

Indian Portraits illustrates how authentic dialogue and inner conversion, sometimes excruciating, characterize the experience of Christians who open their hearts and minds to the spiritual wealth of Hinduism. In reading YannVagneux’s portraits I was struck by the quality and the depth of his meditations on the lives of eight pioneers in this encounter, whose lives have been particularly impacted by this encounter. It was for me an inner voyage as rewarding as it was demanding. As a ‘bonus’ I discovered a very inspiring and powerful ninth ‘Indian portrait’ – that of the author himself. An essential book!
–Dennis Gira, Buddhologue and Specialist of Interreligious Dialogue (Catholic Universities of Paris and Lyon)

Yann Vagneux

Distinguished scholar, Yann Vagneux was born in 1976. His family comes from the region of the French Alps near to the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse. He is a Catholic priest and a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society who has studied in Paris, Rome and New York. His Doctorate Dissertation in Theology was published in his book Co-esse (DDB, 2015) which set out the Trinitarian Theology of Jules Monchanin, a pioneer of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism.

Vagneux first discovered India in 1997 whilst living in a slum area of Madras (Chennai). Fifteen years later, he settled in the multi-religious holy city of Varanasi (Banaras) where he has followed the path of a contemplative Christian presence to Hinduism as had originally been traced by Jules Monchanin and Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux).

Deep friendships unite him to the traditional world of the Brahmin Pandits, with whom he continues his Sanskrit studies and engages in a fruitful inter-religious dialogue. His book A Priest in Banaras (ATC, 2020) recounts his early years on the banks of the Ganges.

He lectures in India and France, sharing his life between Varanasi and Kathmandu, at the heart of the main religions of Asia.

Indian Portraits is a token of gratitude towards those who have sculpted his spiritual bond with Hinduism.

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