I recently drove from west to east and past the lodges, resorts, camps and hotels that lie along and outside the northern border of the Chitwan National Park. Over the three days it took, I stayed in two different lodges and visited perhaps 20 others. I talked to lodge owners, managers and workers. Much has been happening since the lodges inside the National Park were closed last summer.
On the day of Baisakh Purnima 2555 years ago, two exceptional individuals were born in Nepal, Gautama Buddha and his wife Yasodhara. While Prince Gautama Buddha was born in the forest of Lumbini, his wife took birth in the Devdaha palace of Koili Dynasty. History is sometimes very unfair, especially to women, and many of them don’t receive the respect and recognition they deserve.
Yugkavi Siddicharan Shrestha, one of the four luminaries of Nepali literature, along with Lekhnath Paudyal, Laxmi Prasad Devkota, and Balakrishna Sama, created a niche for himself as a revolutionary poet who inaugurated a new era in creative writing and literature. His poetry was a source of inspiration for people from every section of the society, including political activists like late Ganeshman Singh who spent some years in prison with Siddhicharan. Nepali literature has witnessed several experiments in thought, language and style since the time Siddhicharan emerged as a poet and a writer.