Sulochana’s Aha Jivan launchedAha Jivan, a collection of 35 Nepali poems written by poet Sulochana Manandhar, was launched amid a function at Yalamaya Kendra in Patan, on Thursday.
Aha Jivan, a collection of 35 Nepali poems written by poet Sulochana Manandhar, was launched amid a function at Yalamaya Kendra in Patan, on Thursday.
The poems, which have been printed in the poet’s own handwriting, are intimate and provide a peek into Manandhar’s private life. Assembled over the years, the oldest poem dating back to 1997, subjects of the poems range from identity and family, to the awe of nature, and also the negation of the status quo.
“Sulochana is like a daughter, and she is much younger than I am, but her poetic sense and prowess comes across as ageless,” said veteran poet Durgalal Shrestha, who launched the book.
The collection as the title suggests aims to celebrate life. “Life is beautiful and I am very thankful towards everything it has brought my way,” Manandhar said, adding, “Let’s embrace life and not be so critical towards it.”
The event also saw poetry recitals from Nepali writers from various generations such as Durgalal Shrestha, Rajani Dhakal, and Yukta Bajracharya among others. “Sulochana’s poems are very empowering,” said Dr Toshima Karki, who recited one of Manandhar’s poems at the event. “While reading them, I am always able to reflect on and celebrate my womanhood.”
Aha Jivan is slated to hit the shelves starting February.