Udeshya ke linu, udi chhunu Chandra ek!
Laxmi Prasad Devkota in “Laxmi Nibandha Sangraha”
Since my teenage years, I have been deeply inspired by Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Among all the works that I have read by him, this one line has been profoundly ingrained in my heart and mind. I came across this line during the young phase of my life when I was seeking a direction to make my life better. I used to have lots of questions about how and what I could do in life, and this line has always directed me well. It is through this line that I learnt to reach out for my dreams.
Everyone is in search of light, knowledge and emancipation in life. They move forward with a dream and an aim. In this line, Devkota is trying to impart an important message that we all should live by keeping our objectives and dreams as our first priority.
They shouldn’t dare to dream to even touch the moon. If they believe in their dreams, then that dream will pull them to it.
I really like this line and I have even applied this philosophy in my life. I never made anyone my role model but this line has directed me well and does so even now when I am lost and helpless.
Whenever I feel low and have not seen the best in things, I realize that I still have a dream to follow and that I shouldn’t let the meager problems of life bother me.
In my days, women didn’t practice much freedom and they suffered as they usually were confined to the four walls of the house. For them, their home was the whole world and they had to consider their husbands as God.
I considered that to be inhuman and I went against it. It is through my writing that I gave a voice to my emotions and thoughts. My poems were a bit rebellious but also with my fellow friends who had the same opinion like mine, we were able to revolt against the transgression of the society.
Even when my family tried to coax me into getting married at 18, I rebelled against it and came out successful. This is how this line has always influenced me to go ahead in life.
About Sulochana Manandhar Dhital
A poet, writer and columnist, Dhital has always fought for the rights of women and rebelled against the misdemeanors of society. Through her writings she has attempted to create awareness in the society as well.
At a time when women were considered to live within the boundaries of their homes, Dhital came forward and used her passion for writing as a weapon to fight against injustice to women.
Some of her published works are the collection of poems, “Anubhutika Thopaharu” a collection of essays, “Itihaska Jwiunda Panaharu,” “Tejoshi,” Abuya Lumanti,” the collection of stories, “Jhyarkhana.” She also recently published a book “Goladharka Manharu.” Her collection of poems, “Anubhutika Thopaharu, was also nominated at the International Zebra Film Festival in Germany in 2004.
She also has years of experience in teaching at various schools. For her contributions to literature, she was awarded the Press Council Sahityik Stambhalekhan Puraskar in 2006, and Byathit-Banita Kabya Puraskar in 2008.
A writer full of drive and a person who believes in the power of dreams, she recently completed her poetry collection, “Rathharu.”
She is presently a member of Nepal Academy.
As told to Nistha Rayamajhi
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
This book is about the perspectives of a teenage girl and the account of two years in the life of hers, her hardships and everything that she went through. The book also talks about the gruesome effects of war.
This book helped me to know what goes in the mind of a young girl. It helped me to understand life as well. This book is really inspiring and is one of the best I have read so far.
by Karna Sakya
This book is all about positive thinking. It talks about how if we go on the right path everything will eventually turn out to be good. We should completely shun pessimism and should not complain about the petty problems of life.
People talk about building the nation but it should not be limited just to thoughts but should be turned into action as well. The book is all about creating positive vibes which is why I recommend everyone to read it.
Jiwan Kada ki Ful
by Jhamak Ghimire
This book is really special as the writer has written it using her feet and expressed her feelings and her journey in life.
This is an autobiography and shows the pain and the hardships that the author has endured throughout her life.
This book also helps to realize that life is full of sorrows and happiness and at times of sadness, yet one shouldn’t give up.
Fighting her challenges, Ghimire has carved a niche in the field of literature and I really admire her for that. I know that this book will be renowned throughout the world. This book is a must read.
by Madan Mani Dixit
This book is a legend in the field of Nepali literature. The writer has beautifully presented the life of a woman and there is so much depth and sadness in it. Madhavi, the female character of the book, has suffered a lot and the writer shows her side of the story, her hardships and her perceptions.
I have read this book often and it made me realize that in our history we had so many strong women and the writer has portrayed them well.
Mindfulness in Plain English
by Bhante Gunaratana
To understand life and get inner peace, meditation is a great path. This book talks about meditation. It also talks about our common problems and how we can overcome them.
Life shouldn’t be looked just from the outside but it is important to delve into our inner self. We may have many roles in life and we may be known for what we are from the outside but it is important to understand what we are from the inside, our ambitions and the purpose of our life.
All this can be explored through mediation. The book also shows the different ways of meditating as well and has helped me a lot.