I had two and half months of rough and tough military training in Texas. Riwaj bhai drove from Houston to San Antonio for my graduation. In one of the letter i sent him sometime in Feb, i had requested him to bring few books and my Rayban aviator sunglass. I didn’t have my phone or access to internet during bootcamp so i wrote and received few wonderful letters from Riwaj, sister Sangita and few friends at work. It felt great to write letters again after many years.
I still have a letter my father wrote to me 12 years back ,that will stay close to my heart for rest of my life. Once in a while, when his memory makes me emotional and eyes get filled with tears, i re-read his old letter. My father’s handwriting was neat and clean, although he was man of few words, he had his own way of expressing himself in letters. Writing letters again was kind of going back to those golden time we had in past.
So one of the book Riwaj brought was Ghanashyam Khadka’s ‘Nirwan’. It was a Nepali novel. Trainees were not allowed to read books or magazines during basic training so had to wait until i got out of Lackland Airbase.
Mid March-I flew to Virginia for my technical training. This book was my friend. I had layover in North Carolina and even in San Antonio, we had long waiting period. I finished this book before i reached Richmond, VA.
Little bit about the title, literal meaning of Nirwan’ in english would be ‘a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth’
Book revolves mainly around three characters-male physiatrist and his two female friends Monika and Sweta. Their unusual love lives, loss, friendship, meditation, escape and enlightenment. Story is told from physiatrist’s perspective. Although story content is new in Nepali literature context, it seems highly inspired by some Osho and Buddhism discourse sessions and self-help books. Writer tries to give a Paulo Cohleo’s spiritual flavor of writing but unfortunately content surfaces only on upper layer and does not go any deep which makes it a very light reading.
Overall book is decent for one time read but if you miss it, nothing to regret about.
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