Book Review – Karnali Blues: Story of Rural Nepal

Name of the Book: Karnali Blues

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Author: Buddhisagar

No. of pages: 398

Goodreads Rating: 4.15

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Last April, while preparing for my exams, I also read Karnali Blues (though the name is English, the book is written in Nepali language) by Buddhisagar. The story is heavily based on the writer’s own experiences but he does not make the storytelling boring by adding long description. Within short and sweet sentences, he has been able to express a lot. The only drawback is that the writer does not explain to readers, the dialogues in Tharu and Khas language. Except that, the content of the book, especially the epilogue touched my heart.

Karnali Blues is a story about the experiences of a middle class family. The narrator remembers his childhood in Kailali and Kalikot as his father lies paralyzed in a hospital at Nepalgunj.

Karnali Blues is a story of growing up. The narrator is notorious as a child. He swims in the Amauri Khola (a distributary of the Karnali river), beats up people, steals things, sets his house on fire and asks for things which his father’s earnings can not sustain. But his father never complains. He provides the narrator everything he asks for. The narrator believes that his father is the best in the world.

But while his father lies on the deathbed, the narrator realizes that his father was the one who has suffered a lot. From leaving his family share in Surkhet to selling his pharmacy to Kalikot (more remote place), the narrator’s father has suffered a lot. And the narrator, too had been one of the causes of suffering. He had never obeyed what his father told. While he could have studied in Surkhet, he goes Kathmandu for higher studies following the whims of his friends. He has no job and is dependent on his parents despite their low income. By the end of the story, the narrator gains maturity in his thoughts.

Karnali Blues is about change. An excavator changes the village in which narrator lived most of his childhood. A bridge at Chisapani changes the fate of a town where his father ran a pharmacy. A change in mind takes the narrator to Kalikot instead of Surkhet. And his death changes the lives of his wife and son forever.

Karnali Blues is a story of life and death. An old Tharu lives on the bank of Amauri Khola because he has no children. A polio-struck child (friend of the narrator) leaves home in search of his brother because his father beats him up. The narrator’s family migrate to different places in search of better living. The narrator witnesses deaths of several people. A girl, who is a friend of narrator’s sister, dies of meningitis because her parents do not allow medication. “They buried her alive,” a villager says. A man named Hasan drowns. A porter from Kalikot, who takes the narrator there is killed by the soldiers calling him a Maoist. An old man dies in a hospital by coughing. And in the end, the narrator’s father dies.

In short, Karnali Blues is an apt description of the lives of poor people living in the rural area.

P.S.: You can read some English translations in the book’s Facebook page.

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TV Review: Kill Me, Heal Me

TV Review: Kill Me, Heal Me

Hello to all my dear friends at Bloggers World! It’s been  a while. I hope everyone is doing well.

Now coming to the topic at hand; this is my very first TV show review, and for the purposes of this review, I have chosen a Korean drama (any K-drama addicts here?) – Kill Me, Heal Me.

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Plot

The human body is capable of all sorts of things to survive difficult situations. Cha Do Hyun is a third-generation business heir who developed dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) in the aftermath of several life-threatening traumatic events. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who helps him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On, is a writer who is determined to uncover the unscrupulous lives of the rich and starts following Do Hyun around. Can Do Hyun take control over his condition before one of his seven personalities takes control over him instead?

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My Take

First of all, the acting by our lead, Ji Sung, was commendable. It is a difficult job to get into the shoes of a hypothetical person and do justice to it. Ji Sung plays the role of Cha Do-hyun, our hero, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Continue reading

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A scenic drive #100 word story

 

(c) Rashmi Menon

“Oh! Not again!’, Sasha groaned .

The GPS had led her to the same STOP sign for the third time. For the past one hour Sasha had been driving in the same area struggling to locate the campground.

Luckily a park ranger noticed her and helped her.

“Mam, drive on this road for a quarter mile and the campground will be on the left. I hope you enjoyed the scenic drive.”

That’s when Sasha realized that she had ignored the beautiful nature around her in her search for the destination! Indeed, she had missed the forest for the trees.

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Prompt for July Friday Feature of 100 Words Story

Hi all,

In keeping with the mood of the ever changing features of our forum (we are yet to decide the new feature for Monday, I know!), I thought why not try a different prompt than always. With the recent photo feature Shutterbug Showcase picking up interest and becoming such a success, why not spice things up a bit for this feature too. What do you say?

So I decided to go with a photo prompt for the 100 Words Story this time. Here’s the beautiful picture that Rashmi Menon very kindly shared with us to use for this week.  Continue reading

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Book Review: Navy Seal Rescuer

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Title: Navy Seal Rescuer
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, .                              Romance
Rating: 4 stars

I read it,  because I loved it.
This is the seventh book in Heroes for Hire series and I must tell you though I haven’t read all the previous books in the series (except the first one ) I really enjoyed reading it.

Catherine Miller after spending four years in prison,  for a crime she didn’t commit returned to her grandmother’s place in Pine Bluff only to suffer vandalism. The severity of which increased when one afternoon when someone with a ski mask attempted to choke her to death. She saved herself and ran to their neighbour’s place.  This marked the entry of the male protagonist Darius Osborne,  an ex navy seal who wanted to spend his vacation repairing the old farm he bought next to Catherine’s place. Though he had seen Catherine a lot of times in TV,  courtesy to media,  she looked frailer in reality. The story then moves forward introducing Logan,  the local sheriff and Eileen,  Catherine’s grandmother,  who is suffering from Cancer.

Shirlee maintained a great air of suspense and thrill unti the end,  when the real convict was arrested.
Yet the story couldn’t receive five stars probably because Eileen’s cancer covers almost half of the story where as Catherine and Darius ‘s backstory has been expanded very little.
Again Catherine’s character is inspirational she hasn’t been shown as damsel in distress. She may be thin and frail,  yet she doesn’t give up,  she can fight her own.  The personality of a navy seal has been well expressed through Darius,  an amputee. Both of them know pain to a certain level.
“I am not asking of you ”
“That’s the problem. If you were,  it would be easy to deny you,  but you never ask anything. You’re just… there, and I need you to be that scares me “. One of my favorite conversation between the lead protagonists. A silent romance growing betwixt them.
All in all I would rate the book as 4 stars.

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TV Review – The Heavy Water War

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I love a drama that is set during times and circumstances that were pivotal in history. This past spring, while perusing the suggestions Netflix made for me based on previous programs I’d watched, I stumbled upon The Heavy Water War — a six episode miniseries produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. (It’s title in Norwegian is Kampen om tungtvannet and in the UK it was titled The Saboteurs.)

Directed by Per-Olav Sørensen, the series was filmed in Norway and the Czech Republic. The Heavy Water War tells the story of the German atomic weapons program during the Second World War. At the outset of the series we see the events unfold from two different perspectives.

On the German side we watch Werner Heisenberg struggle with his conscience as he realizes the potential devastation a weapon derived from a tiny amount of radioactive uranium could wreck on the world.

On the other hand, we see the story focus on Norwegian Intelligence Officer, Lief Tronstad, as he oversees the planning and training for a mission by the British Army and Norwegian resistance fighters to sabotage the facility in Norway that produces heavy water (deuterium oxide – D2O, a necessary component in the production of a nuclear reaction).

The series begins with the invasion of Norway by Germany and Tronstad escaping to Britain to warn the Allies of his suspicions that the German are attempting to build an atomic bomb. As the Germans take over the country, production is doubled at the heavy water facility, Rjukan.

When Tronstad establishes contact with the War Ministry, a plan to destroy the Hydro facilities is drawn up. In Rjukan, new managing director Erik Henriksen is tasked with rooting out suspected saboteurs from the heavy water facility, after the first attempt, Operation Grouse, is a disastrous failure.

Even though the production facility is nearly impenetrable to bombs, the American Allies press the British and Norwegians for a bombing raid. Nevertheless,Tronstad persuades the Allies to send in a team of Norwegians instead. In Germany, Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg promises a breakthrough in the development of a Nazi atomic bomb. He is not entirely trusted by the German government and is under constant scrutiny.

Without revealing any spoilers, this story was as exciting and nerve wracking as any spy thriller a fiction writer could invent in the pages of a novel. I highly recommend this series not just to history buffs, but to anyone who enjoys an edge-of-your-seat adventure!

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Paramnesia

They had finally came on a long “late night” drive. Just like the old times when they used to sneak out of their houses for trips like these. The car’s speed increased in conjunction with their happiness meter. Before long, all they concentrated on was each other, rather than the roads ahead.

Their laughter was pierced by the deafening silence brought on by the collision with the trailer. She was thrown out of car, from where she saw, his mangled remains beneath the tires of the vehicle.

The screeching brakes jolted her out of the deja vu she just had.

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Deja Vu Time stood still…

Deja Vu

Time stood still in this very moment. I am in Central Park jogging, I begin to slow down and eventually stop. I have been in this moment before. My eyes dart left and they dart right. Who was I with? Why was I here? I look again to my left and I see the couple arguing, the woman storms off and the middle aged man stares at her and then put his head down. To the right of me, I see an elderly couple holding hands and kissing gently. I may never recall how or why, but I definitely was here…

-V.

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Prompt for Friday Feature 100 Words Story!

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The Short Biography of a Boring Author

(AKA Three Quotes for Friday)

For today’s quotes I decided to take an author that you all consider ever so boring. By the time you finish reading this, however, you’ll realise he’s an author worth reading.

(At least that’s the theory.)

Author’s Picture

To begin with, let’s have the author’s picture:

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With a beard like that he’s obviously boring!

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