Nawin’s drift begun when he lost his mother at an early age and a mentally invalid half-brother was born to his step-mother. There was a political unrest and violence in almost every part of the world around him, and a problem of unemployment. The assassination of the Indira Gandhi was a big... read more
“The obscenities were written on the walls of the monastery, and genital were drawn with chalk. Which the caretaker of the monastery removed often, with a wet piece of cloth; though there was a warning painted on the wall, prohibiting the people smoking drugs or indulging in immoral... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
“The obscenities were written on the walls of the monastery, and genital were drawn with chalk. Which the caretaker of the monastery removed often, with a wet piece of cloth; though there was a warning painted on the wall, prohibiting the people smoking drugs or indulging in immoral activities, for it was a religious shrine. He often saw the caretaker pouring used up lubricant procured from an automobile workshop, where the visitors could have probably sat. But the rains washed it away soon. The young couples were seen there sitting together, holding hands and talking intimately; or the groups of the young men smoking drugs and talking in a subdued manner.”
““ ….. ” The restaurant owner was reluctant to serve tea. He was expecting the customers who would ask for beer instead, for it was already evening, so that he could make some real money. Selling tea alone could not have been profitable enough for him to run the restaurant. ‘Maja lena hai pine ka to kam dhire dhire pi…’ the gazal of Indian singer Pankaj Udas was playing on a low volume. It meant: if you want to enjoy drinks take small amounts slowly.” …””
““Nowadays the fashion seems to have changed. Even the James Bond movies are not doing well. I intend now to write a commentary on Nepalese society and politics, through fiction. Since books with long titles are proving a success these days, I have a title for it in my mind. But it is in two sentences. Do you want to know what it is?” Dilip asked back.””
““I do not know what I will study at a university there. If you are not going to study a subject in science, going to aUSuniversity is of no use,” Nawin replied. “At our age masturbation too may prove equally educative,” he added, almost shocking Dilip out of his breath. Dilip remained silent after that for some time.” ………””
“Nawin sensed the ridicule in Dilip’s manners, which changed often when they were together, as betrayed by the change in his voice. He recalled how tired he himself felt listening to BBC World service on radio only after a few programmes, which mostly reported a crisis in Africa or China, or speculated for about an hour about the changing weather pattern of England in April. “Publishing a book is no bog deal. You need to have a clever marketing plan to sell it. I have thought about donating a quarter of the royalty from my books to a charity like the one helping the trafficked-women in Nepal. You know Prince Charles also sells the painting he makes in England to help this charity here. Middle-class people have a fetish for charity no less strong than the royals. They also buy books to indulge. My book, when published, will prove a big success,” Dilip said, breaking the silence.”
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