I don't remember playing Holi because I never really played. This is the time when Spring arrives and I often used to get sick. Two years ago, my maternal grandmother passed away on the day of Holi. I used to be attracted by "Pichkari" (water gun) and I still do but I don't participate. The … Continue reading Oof Holi!
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis (Night-flowering Jasmine) is called Parijat (pronounced paa-ri-jaat) in Nepali. Parijat is small white flower with orange pedicel and sweet fragrance. The plant, however is also known as “sad tree” because the flowers bloom during the night and wither during the day. Bishnu Kumari Waiba (1937-1993) chose to call herself Parijat in Nepali literature and enriched it with a sweet fragrance.
Parijat was born in Darjeeling, India. Her mother, Amrit Moktan died when she was still very young and was raised by her father, Dr. K. N. Waiba and her grandparents. Although Darjeeling lies in India, the people have retained the original culture and literature from Nepal. Growing up with Nepali speaking community, she developed keen interest in Nepali literature from her early childhood.
Parijat’s first poem was published on Dharti magazine in 1959. Her three poetry collections have been published:
- Akansha (Wishes)
- Parijat Ka Kavita (Poems of Parijat)
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Love: exciting, interesting. Synonymous to happiness. A feeling everyone wants to embrace. Depression: dull, gloomy. Antonymous to happiness. A feeling everyone wants to aver. How are they related? I'll try doing so using three expressions. 1. Love = Depression Presenting love and lost love as a cause of depression is popular in literature, movies and … Continue reading The Mathematics of Love and Depression
An account of the day I reached Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam-the Buddha.
माननीय सांसदज्यूहरू, प्रधानमन्त्रीज्यू एवम् मन्त्रीज्यूहरू, आज राष्ट्रिय भुकम्प सुरक्षा दिवसका अवसरमा यो पत्र लेख्दै छु । मलाई लाग्दैन देशका सबैभन्दा शक्तिशाली र जिम्मेवार व्यक्तित्वहरूलाई सानातिना कुराहरू सम्झाइरहनु पर्दैन तर मन मान्दैन । २०७२ वैशाखको भुकम्प पीडितका सम्बन्धमा केही कुरा गरौं भन्ने लागिरहेछ । हामी (यहाँहरू समेत) सबैले कुनै न कुनै रूपमा वैशाख १२, २०७२ को … Continue reading व्यवस्थापिका र कार्यपालिकालाई खुला पत्र
Dear MPs, Prime Minister and Ministers, I have written this letter on the occasion of Earthquake Safety Day to the most powerful and also the most responsible people of this country (each one of you) to remind you on an important matter related to the victims of the 2072 earthquake. Honestly, I don't know if … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Members of the Parliament and the Executive
"Are you listening?" I asked myself as my sister was talking the other day. "No," I confessed. "Why weren't you listening?" Honestly, I didn't have the answer. I did not feel like talking at that time. When I came back contemplating over the matter, I understood I did not want to speak because I was … Continue reading Listen, will you?