“Chhapamar Yuwatiko Diary” (The Diary of a young Guerrilla woman)

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“Chhapamar Yuwatiko Diary” (The Diary of a young Guerrilla woman)

“Chhapamar Yuwatiko Diary” (The Diary of a young Guerrilla woman)
Writer – Tara Rai “Anamol”
ISBN: 978 – 9993 – 3 – 0813 – 3
Binding: Paperback
Price   : 175/-
Published by: Ratna Pushtak Bhandar, Kathmandu
Year of First Publication: 2067, Nepal (Nepali Calendar).
Year of Tenth Publication: 2069, Nepal (Nepali Calendar).
Subject: Autobiographical Essays.

“Chhapamar Yuwatiko Diary” can be included as one of the bestseller in Nepal after having sold 50,000 copies in just two days and with the release of tenth edition of the book presently in the market. The book was also awarded the prestigious Madan Sahitya Puruskar, Nepal. The stories portray the life of a young 15 year old Guerrilla girl named Tara Rai also the writer of the book. The main reason behind terming the book as autobiography lays in the fact that the whole facts, situations have been seen and analyzed from the eyes and mind of the writer or the main protagonist of the book.

Tara Rai, the writer was educated till primary level and had joined the cultural wing of Maoist Movement at a very small age of 15 years. Within a short span of three months as a Maoist, she is captured by the Army personnel kept behind bars and then freed a year later. The entire stories have been incepted from behind the pillars, reminiscence of her becoming a Maoist without giving any second thought, her introspection on the difference in the human behavior.  Moreover, keeping aside the skepticism, she has triumphed as a runaway bestselling writer.

The oppressed voice of common men which is always made a scapegoat in the conflicts. The clash between the Shah armies and the Maoist forces in the streets and hills in a chaotic decade. The Maoist movements in Nepal structured by Maoist(s) like Tara and their dream of Independent Nepal and the Army men and their task of Peace restoration. The evolution of Tara’s story can be traced at such paradoxical juncture where Army men and Maoist killed each other not knowing they were men of the same nation.

The book has been reviewed by many critics, “most affiliated writers and critics terming it to be as a book of forgery and even accusing the people behind the book who helped to bring Rai’s book to the market of corrupting her attitude towards the Maoist forces” – The Kathmandu Post, but not of India, this is the first initiative as there lays some similarities in Gorkha (India) and Nepali (Nepal) language.  Though the Diary maybe a straightforward narration of Tara’s life but it should not be forgotten - that the story as its allegory also has the face of anxious Nepal and the cries, sorrows and the grief of a clamoring era.


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