About Nirala Publications

Nirala Publications is named after the great Indian poet, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala and is a significant South Asian publishing house featuring the best known and little known authors from India, Nepal and rest of the world. We publish amazing books of poetry, fiction and children’s books from around the world along with, scholarly books on Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Himalayan culture, shamanism and South Asia. For more than two decades its focus has been towards Nepal, Buddhism and Himalayan studies expressed in the extensive and ever growing Nirala Nepal Series. Today Nirala Publications is the largest publishing house in the world for publications on Nepal and Himalayan culture. It also aims to bring to the Asian readers the best known literature from all over world, especially poetry. We have published world renowned authors including Rabindranath Tagore, Jayanta Mahapatra, David Ray, Yuyutsu Sharma, David Austell, Evald Flisar, Larry Peters, Laxmi P Devkota, Rishikesh Shaha, Taranath Sharma, David Axelrod, Jidi Majia and others. Nirala collaborates with several foreign publishers and institutes and in future hopes to continue to present to its readers literature and original research from all over the world. In addition, it supports Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and has been instrumental in the publication of the magazine’s several special issues. For more than two decades its focus has been towards Nepal, Buddhism and Himalayan studies expressed in the extensive and ever growing Nirala Nepal Series. Today Nirala Publications is the largest publishing house in the world for publications on Nepal and Himalayan culture. It also aims to bring to the Asian readers the best known literature from all over world, especially poetry. Nirala collaborates with several foreign publishers and institutes and in future hopes to continue to present to it’s readers literature and original research from all over the world. In addition, it supports Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and has been instrumental in the publication of the magazine’s several special issues.

Yuyutsu Sharma’s Lost Horoscope Book Party in Brooklyn

Yuyutsu Sharma’s Lost Horoscope Book Party in Brooklyn

Yuyutsu Sharma’s Lost Horoscope book party

Oct 22 at 2 pm at Flatiron Restaurant

397 5th Avenue , Brooklyn, New York, NY, United States, New York (718) 965-4000

Distinguished fellow poets David Austell, Ruth Danon , Fran Antmann , Michael Graves, Anna Halberstadt, Carrie Magness Radna Carolyn Wells, Ellen Lytle

and others will read from their books and speak at event

RSVP: pratikmagsubmissions@gmail.com

Phone:3477233967

Lost Horoscope & Other New Poems by Yuyutsu Sharma ISBN 978-8195781638 Hardcover

Amazon USA : https://www.amazon.com/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp Amzon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp Amazon CANADA: https://www.amazon.ca/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”

— 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.

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 and American 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.

United States

Saturday, October 29, 4:00pm Yuyutsu Sharma will read his poetry at the Sacramento Poetry Alliance Salon, Residence in Land Park, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, CA.. After the reading, there will be music and October Festivities with food.

Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm Yuyutsu will be reading his poetry at the beautiful Chateau Davell Winery, 3020 Vista Tierra Drive in Camino, CA. To be followed by an Open Mic.

Wednesday, 2 November, 2022. Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601 Host: Tony Barnstone

Wednesday, 9 November, 2022, 8:00 pm. Yuyutsu RD Sharma reading at Poor Mouth Writers’ Night feat with Soren Stockman at An Beal Bocht 445 W 238th St, New York, NY, United States, New York Host: Melinda Wilson

Saturday, 12 November, 2022, Yuyutsu RD Sharma reading Live Poetry  with Stephen Massimilla and Mary Lau Buschi, Beacon, NY Host: Ruth Danon

Sunday, 13 November, 2022, 7: 00 pm, Yuyutsu RD Sharma at Mike Grave’s Phoenix reading Busstop Cafe, West Village, Host: Michael Graves

Friday, 18 November Time: 6:30-8:30 Yuyu reading at Yale Club with Jeton Kelmendi from Kosovo, Bill Wolak & Others at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 44th & 45th Streets across from Grand Central Station)  New York, NY 10017 either 17th or 18th  floor (TBA) by invitation only Sultan Catto, Host: SCatto@gc.cuny.edu Bill Wolak, Coordinator williamwolak@netzero.net

Saturday 19 November, 2022 Time: 6:00 Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Amirthanayagam, Sara Cahill Marron and Robin Hemley in New York Writers Workshop Reading Series at Underland Gallery, 457 77th Street, Unit #1, Brooklyn, NY 11209, btw 4th Ave and 5th Ave (ground level). Take the R Train to 77th St. & 4th Ave. Brooklyn, head east ⅔ of a block from station. Host:Tim Tomlinson

Sunday, 20 November, 2022 Time: 6:30-8:30 Yuyu featuring at Ray MacNeice’s Monthly event, Cleveland Ohio.

Monday- 21 November, 2022 Time: 6:30 pm to 8 00 pm Yuyutsu Sharma at Poetry in the Valley, Workshop followed by a reading .GAR Hall Peninsula Hosted by Renay Sanders

Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 Time: 6:00 pm to 8 00 pm Special Guest at Express Yourself Live on the Mic with Miss Mabeline, CAM 142 West 12thStreet Erie,Pa. Phone 814-572-0985. Hosted by Mabel Howard

Friday, 2 Dec, 2022 Calling All Poets reading with Mary Louise and Michael O’Mara, Beacon, NY

Monday, 12 Dec, 2022, 6;30; Yuyutsu Sharma featuring in the Phoenix Reading at Shades of Green 125 E 15th Street NY Hosted by Jennifer Juneau

Wednesday 14 Dec, 2022 6:30 pm. Cafe Reggio presents Yuyutsu Sharma, Claudia Serea Sherri Felt Dratfield and Andrey Gritsman Caffe Reggio, 119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012 Hosted by Sherri Felt Dratfield https://www.caffereggio.com/

New Release : 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 Amzon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/8195781632?ref=myi_title_dp Amazon CANADA: https://www.amazon.ca/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.

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 (Paper) ISBN 978-81-957816-2-1 (Hard) pp.260 Rs. 795 Indian
Amazon USA : https://www.amazon.com/dp/8195191533?ref=myi_title_dp
Amazon Canada : https://www.amazon.ca/dp/8195191533?ref=myi_title_dp
Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8195191533?ref=myi_title_dp
Amazon INDIA : https://www.amazon.in/dp/8195191533?ref=myi_title_dp
FLIPCART : https://www.flipkart.com/mens-lib-other-literary-cultural-personal-essays/p/itme35ded5b5b2ec?pid=RBKGHPRMTYZZVFRA

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

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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.