On my last visit to Nepal, I saw a book on the street and its titled पागल बस्ती. The name itself was appealing. I couldn’t resist myself from momentarily halting my walk and have a sneak peak on the book. I dropped it back after a few minutes of flicking over and walked away with a heavy heart without being able to decide if I should buy it or not; as I was unsure. Will I be able to finish it ?? or will my anger just take over my reading for not being able to comprehend.
But the battle continued in my head. I wondered what made him choose such a title, and what could be the content of it. I have heard the rumours that this book reflects his life but he has denied this comment in media and his book. It took him six years to complete this book. 6 years; long time for a book but it was worth every year I would say; after I finished reading it.
I could not hold myself from contemplating on content of the book. This battle in my head kept on going till the day of my departure. Then finally; before I left for the airport, I had to rush myself at the book store.
I was content with my purchase and couldn’t wait to land and get home and read the book. I did. Few pages and closed it. Few pages again and closed it. I had to read first few pages couple more time just to get the grip. Then I was on the smooth ride without any complication with few hiccups here and there but I was ok with that.
It’s a tragic story but has the potential of being a modern day equivalent of Romeo and Juliet in Nepali society/literature. It’s fascinating, depressing, humorous and contemporary, all, at the same time. It’s one’s battle for tradition, principles, way of life, morality and at the same time someone is rebellion on these grounds. It’s a constant battle; done in psychological and philosophical level. But it’s a supreme delight to read as well.
Love doesn’t hate and doesn’t stop loving on its rejection. It could be used as a force to give a new meaning to live/life or it could just crumble the individual. The variation it creates in human life before and after the understanding of one-truth is spectacular. This theme comprehends the whole soul of this book.
PS. This is a MUST MUST MUST READ.
The novel is available in digital form.