Translations

La.Lit speaks!

La.Lit | November 11, 2020

Episode 6 of the La.Lit podcast is online! Contributing editors Pranaya Rana and Rajani Thapa read and dissect the winning story from the first Writing Nepal competition, “Let the Rain Come Down,” by Samyak Shertok. What works, what doesn’t, and what makes it a story worth reading.

Yangzom Tsering’s Life Story

Tashi Tewa Dolpo | August 5, 2020

My husband was never there when I needed him. During our life together, he was away most of the time, crossing high mountain passes. He never really had time to spend with me, though his desire to have sons did rekindle the love we had earlier lost.

Bhauju’s burning questions

Sarita Pariyar | July 28, 2020

I stopped being insentient when I considered Bhauju’s life and began questioning my own mother, father and brother. In what way was my home different from the cemetery hill near the house? Why was it that my father – whom I saw as the most intelligent, good and loving person in the world – was like a frightening tiger to Bhauju?

A Dalit Mother’s Accounts

Sarita Pariyar | July 8, 2020

I’m no good at accounting. But I’ve kept accounts of all the little debts owed me by the village in a box in my mind. And when people say they love the village, it makes me laugh. It makes me want to tear Bistini Bajai’s blouse in the middle of the night, and shake the village with my laughter.

Kheer

Indra Bahadur Rai | May 4, 2020

“If you really want kheer, you need two litres of milk for every quarter kilo of rice,” said an assertive voice that suggested a face with deep-set eyes. “For our rice we need about ten litres.”

Guest Editorial, Translation Issue

Manjushree Thapa | August 31, 2017

The literary canon of a nation as multilingual as Nepal ought not to consist overwhelmingly of Nepali-language literature, but it does. It ought to include a vast body of literature in national languages other than Nepali, but it doesn’t.

An interview with Kamal Mani Dixit, 1962

Uttam Kunwar | January 8, 2017

Kamal Dixit passed away on December 29, 2016 at his residence in Patan Dhoka. He was 87 years old. This is a translation by Niranjan Kunwar of an article from Uttam Kunwar’s anthology of interviews, Srasta ra Sahitya (Authors and Literature).

Should We Not Learn from Tibet?

Chet Nath Acharya | July 16, 2014

Nearly a thousand kilometres of the Nepalese border to the north abuts China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. There is direct air and land transportation between Tibet and Nepal, which have been trading with each other for thousands of years. Tibet’s remote geographical makeup and its large desert plateau and high altitude present far more challenges to […]

Who will repay the loan?

Manika Jha | July 13, 2014

Jugal Malāh from Mahottari District, Matihani – 1, had done nothing wrong. He had been making a living as a day labourer when misfortune struck his life like a thunderbolt. He was arrested and kept in jail simply because his name matched that of an accused from a robbery case that took place 15 years […]