Palpasa Café writer comes up with his second novel- Mayur Times. Will be released on 10 April (28 Chaitra) in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal.
Journalist Narayan Wagle is all set to launch his eagerly awaited second book Mayur Times. Written in the backdrop of Nepal’s current conflict, Mayur Times revolves around Nepal’s transitional crisis, according nepa~laya, the publisher who also brought out Palpasa Café. Main protagonists of the novel- Parag and Lisara are both journalists and Mayur Times in the book is a fictional newspaper. It was not immediately clear if both of them work at the same newspaper.
“I know 5 years is a long time, but I wanted to be fully satisfied before coming out with the second book,” shared Narayan. “Nepal’s turmoil has made my second book more engaging.”
Narayan’s first book Palpasa Café was released in 2005 and is still considered as a best seller in Nepal. The book told the story of Nepali conflict through a painter and his US-returnee documentary filmmaker girlfriend- Drishya and Palpasa. Because of its elegant and simple language and modern outlook, the story captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of youngsters and book-lovers alike. For the urban Nepali youth who went to English-medium schools, Palpasa Café became the first Nepali language book that they read. Narayan’s Facebook Wall is filled with such readers and fans who thank him for writing the book and ask him when the next will arrive. Many were disheartened to learn the tragic demise of Palpasa. Many of those readers want Narayan to revive Palpasa’s character in the next book. Seems like that is not going to happen but it is certain that the book will be received warmly by the market. As the news about the book broke earlier today (and Narayan posted the link on his Wall) his ‘friends’ instantly reacted with happiness and eagerness to grab a copy as soon as the book hits the stores. “All the best for ‘Mayur Times’……. Eagerly waiting !!!” wrote one on the Wall. And a leftist politician wrote: “Thanks a lot! Keep write more. All the best!!” Another comment: “Wow gr8.Eager 2 read it..” Some expected the book to be as good (or better) as the first one: “Palpasa Cafe jastai hos, interesting.” Continue reading