Palpasa Café Hits Bookstores

UWB has been authorised to sell the book outside Nepal (To buy the book, click on the Buy Now button on the right bar)

Palpasa Cafe, Narayan Wagle’s debut novel, hits the bookstores from Tuesday (26th July 05). A press release issued this morning by publication nepa~laya, the publisher, states that the market pressure has forced them to release the book earlier than the scheduled date. “The pre-launch of the book amidst a function in Lalitpur last week followed by widespread media coverage resulted in an overwhelming demand from book lovers and bookstores across the nation,” states the release. “[We were] planning for a release function during the 1st week of August, but could not stick to itâ??s plans due to demand pressure from the readers and sellers alike.” Kiran Krishna Shrestha, team leader of neap-laya added, “Due to the enormous market response for the book, we have had to reschedule early release of the book which was originally scheduled for early August”. Palpasa Café portrays the conflict in the country and its effects on people and society.

The language used in the book, which is set against the backdrop of the conflict in the country, is simple and interesting and touches the hearts of the people. The book illustrates the journey of characters through the clouds of ambiguity and makes connections between the capital and the mountains.

Noted critic Abhi Subedi has called the book a “meta-fiction” and commented that Narayan Wagle has opened a way for innovative and creative writing and set new grounds of hope and life for writers. Likewise, renowned critic and writer C.K. Lal says, the presentation of pictures of Kathmandu and the mid hills of the country is written in a simple and original manner, symbolically describing coffee, oranges and rhododendrons. Kunda Dixit, editor of Nepali Times weekly, wrote in his newspaper, Palpasa Café is a “fiction more real than facts.” “The anti-war book will be much talked about for a long time,” he wrote. Filmmaker, critic and journalist Shekhar Kharel reviewed the book in Nepal Magazine terming it a “Unique Modern” novel. He wrote, “Being a post-modern novel; one can start reading the book from any chapter, like playing a deck of cards irrespective of how it is shuffled.”

Nepa-laya has been encouraged by the initial response the book has received and has done all possible to meet public demands across the country. Shrestha said, “There is no dearth of readers in Nepal and so long as there is an effective mechanism to take quality books to readers, there is no reason why Nepalese books should not be able to hold their heads high.”

Book critics who have had the chance to look at the 245-page novel say the paper and presentation of the book meets international standards. They say there is an enormous interest in the book because it highlights contemporary issues facing the country. Analysts say the author has depicted the country’s present picture with an innovative approach which people are able to relate to their lives.

With a wave of demand for the book amongst reading enthusiasts, bookstores are optimistic about the sales of the book. The Managing Director of Educational Book House Anjan B Shrestha said Palpasa Café has set a new tradition in the conventional Nepali books scene. He said, “Even before the book is scheduled to be released, we have had enquiries from all across the country for the book. Only English novels enjoyed such demands and now Palpasa Café has set a new trend in Nepal to come up to international standards.â??

There have also been enquiries for the book at Jagadamba Press where the novel was printed. Narayan Paudel, General Manager of the press said that the response, the book has generated in the market is very encouraging and is set to make a historical mark in book selling.”

Publication Nepa-laya, which strives to promote Nepalese books and authors, has received tremendous encouragement from reading enthusiasts for its pioneer venture into publication, states the release. This encouragement and support will definitely be our source of inspiration to promote Nepalese authors in the future.

In Nepal, Palpasa Café is priced at Rs. 250/- (paperback) and Rs. 450/- (hardbound). Outside Nepal, the book has been priced (excluding mailing charge) at US $ 6.99 (paperback) and US $ 11.99 (hardbound). Initially, only hardboudnd will be available. To place an order via UWB, click on the Buy Now button.

Related Blogs:
1. Narayan Wagle: A Novelist Is Born With Palpasa Café
2. Wagle Guff: Coffee, Café and Palpasa (Narayan Wagle talks about his passion: Writing)
3. Reading Palpasa Cafe: An Experience

25 Responses to “Palpasa Café Hits Bookstores”

Umesh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:01 pm

Really, the book is great hit in recent nepali novel. I had read the novel yesterday.

When the novelist told me that the book is available in Educational book shop at jamal since saturday. I had finished the book within 7 hours continuesly. It means the novel contains coffe gaff item of all the 7 months koseli isssue regularly. Its like a coffe gaff extended version i.e. coffe kurakani…ya.. I feel sad when the accident happens with PALPASA, its boring to read after that page.But still there is innocent hope for reader. Because , the writer is again waiting us in the page of 230.So, in the last few paragraphs, I feel the novel is just starting.

I think the Part 2 of Palpasa cafe is still waited by the readers, so UWB should take initiative for it.

gpokh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:21 pm

it seems that you guys haven’t learnt the nepali ukhan, guliyo pani dherai khayo bhane tito hunchha.

pls don’t do chaplusi. don’t do chakari of your editor. don’t do byapar. it is really pissing me off.

Saukat Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

A few rotten Gorkhalis like gpokh have particularly one very bad habit. They give wawâ?¦ waw for things that have been done in America or Japan and if any Nepali tries to do the same in Nepal for good purpose, that gives them a headache. Shame! I know they can’t change their century-old mindset.

How can you see chakadi of an editor in UWB’s initiation of selling the book online or publishing news and reviews about the book? Do you mean that a Nepali’s book shouldnâ??t be on sale/reviewed over the web? Or you meant that only your ‘forefathers’ has the right to do so in Amazon or eBay?

What makes you pissed off? Will you clarify?

I think that this site has done nothing wrong by putting reviews and the book on sale. More and more Nepali books should be reviewed and sold on the net.

gpokh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 4:38 pm

is palpasa cafe the only novel/book published from nepal or written by a nepali? or is that the only novel worth praising?

what can one expect when the juniors write in praise of their senior/editor? is what devendra or what dinesh wrote is review? is there any critique other than ‘wah wah guruji’, ‘you’re the best’ type? i am still read a crtical review of the book.

Saukat Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 5:30 pm

“Is palpasa cafe the only novel/book published from nepal or written by a nepali?”

Well, my answer is NO. And I am sure you are well aware of it. I also hope that you did not find me claiming in my comment that Palpasa Café is the only book published from Nepal or written by a Nepali.

“Or is that the only novel worth praising?”

Certainly not. There are so many others. So, this is not the only novel worth praising but it is definitely a novel worth praising. I hope you got me right.

“What can one expect when the juniors write in praise of their senior/editor?”

Ohâ?¦so you expect articles/reporting from those who are senior (on the basis of post) to Narayan Wagle, the editor. Do you have any knowledge about how a newspaper functions? Editor is the senior most post in a newspaper. And to the best of my knowledge, Kantipur has no Chief Editor or any editorial staff senior to Narayan Wagle.

I would like to draw you attention to recent Deep Throat revelation scandal in the US. When Vanity Fair scooped the news, reporters junior to Bob Woodward, the assistant Managing Editor of the Washington Post reported all the latest developments. Do you expect Mr Graham, the publisher of the Post, to report those events, Gpokh?

“is what devendra or what dinesh wrote is review?”

Is that stated, Gpokh? Both articles in question haven’t claimed themselves as reviews. At least I donâ??t see them claiming so. Review is what Kunda Dixit did in Nepali Times or, to some extent, what Jhalak Subedi has done in UWB or what Shekhar Kharel did in Nepal Magazine.

“is there any critique other than â??wah wah gurujiâ??, â??youâ??re the bestâ?? type?”

As I have just mentioned, they are not critics. Both articles in question tend to be positive toward the book and author but that doesnâ??t necessarily mean that they had to be unnecerially negative toward the creation and a creator. So, my request is that lets not be cynical about everything. You can read a New York Times review of the latest book on Deep Throat by Bob Woodward to see that not all reviews mean bashing a writer or the book.

Gali garnai parne, Mukha Chhadnai parne pratha lai bye bye bhanna pani sakinchha. Kahile kahi postive dristikon rakhna pani sakinchha, Gpokh ji.

Again I want to reiterate my earlier stand that web sites like these should continue writing about books, not just bloody politics and promote reading habit among Nepalis. We need to read. Seriously.

trojanTulip Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 9:47 pm
To Saukat:
I totally agree with you. However, Gpokh’s comment demands some attention as well. I have been reading this blog for a while now and “Palpasa Cafe” is the only book that got fair attention in terms of reviews. I would like to see more entries/critiques on the books published in Nepal in the future. In the meantime, I am waiting for my copy of the book.

Pramod Aryal Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 10:45 pm
come off the age. definitely there are many books and UWB has not covered. but this book is in new form, the style and has given nepalese literature a modern way of writing. it is because these guys have been closely seeing Narayan for longer time, and they were enthusiastic about seeing Narayan in other form, and that also with journalism perspective. thus definitely this event has been an inspiration for these young budding journalists that there are ample scope and spaces apart from news print they work for. this is the opening of a chapter thus worth being cited in UWB. try to understand that. i have read all reviews and have ordered the book. this is one of the books that has attracted my attention. eager to read and take inspiration from it.

chinta Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 11:08 pm
Let’s talk about merit and demerit of the novel. Not whether someone is doing chakari.

If the novel is good, then it won’t be called chakari. If novel is bad, but still the journos are pushing it too much, then it is , at least, a disservice to public.

I don’t know your status, gpokh, but a lot of professors have made rave reviews of the book. It seems the novel is good. You seem to be just plainly jealous. Well, I might be wrong.

Deepak Says:

July 26th, 2005 at 10:08 am
I wonder what if Dinesh wagle himself writes another Palpasa cafe’ ! More Hype and more Publicity !!
“You can hype now, we believe you tomorrow”


July 26th, 2005 at 10:17 am
listen everybody ! now dinesh is not only a journalist, he has started business also. wat is this yar? leave Palpasa Cafe and start doing blog ok man we all want to read your blog not Palpasa Cafe ok?

gpokh Says:

July 26th, 2005 at 12:48 pm
well saukat, you tried to sort of tear down all my points. thanks for your critique over my naive comment.

at the end of your second comment you say, “Gali garnai parne, Mukha Chhadnai parne pratha lai bye bye bhanna pani sakinchha. Kahile kahi postive dristikon rakhna pani sakinchha, Gpokh ji.”
i nowhere state that in a review one has to do so. But, let me quote you once again from your first comment “A few rotten Gorkhalis like gpokh have particularly one very bad habit.”

“A few rotten gorkhalis like gpokh”!

Where do you stand? you start with gali, and give me lecture! wow!

To your question, if i know journalism, i’d say: NO. I don’t know journalism. but i don’t see your point in mentioning deep throat or vanity fair or watergate. what do you want to prove? that you read NYT? NYRB?

you said, devendra and dinesh hasn’t claimed their piece as review. i agree. but read devendra’s piece it is sheer chaplusi of his editor. of course, you can say that its his personal reflections/ recollections.

Pramodji, you first say, “this book is in new form, the style and has given nepalese literature a modern way of writing” and also reveal that you are eager to read it. but i wonder, how come you be so certain about the book without reading it.

chinta ji you’re right.
i wanted to read a review—and i agree that, it could just all be positive. the novel might be very nice. fine. i also envy narayan’s crisp but melodious writing style. and i am not jealous of his success. but my point was and is that when you give a lot of space and time and again post about an event (as if its the first time that a novel is published in nepal), post chakari-like pieces, and the person who is so much hyped happens to be their senior, it is natural for one to smell rat.

i don’t know who are lot of professors you are referring to, but if you mean pra-da abhi narayan subedi then, i’m sorry. i respect him but…

Saukat Says:

July 27th, 2005 at 8:01 pm
“Where do you stand? you start with gali, and give me lecture! wow!”

On that rotten Gorkhali front, I have nothing to add except that I said what I felt about you. You didn’t seem to be having the positive attitude. And I don’t enjoy in negativism.

“i donâ??t see your point in mentioning deep throat or vanity fair or watergate.”

If you say that its too much mentioning Palpasa Café in UWB or any other media, and think juniors doing chaplushi of seniors, then you need to face those terms to have better understanding of how reviews are done and how and why juniors write about what their seniors do.

“what do you want to prove? that you read NYT? NYRB?”

Well, if that is what the message you got from that, be that be so. Yes, I do read NYT and, NYT BR. I don’t see any wrong in reading that paper and that section. But, here too your typical Gorkhali habit has been exhibited. You people have cynical attitude toward a Nepali doing the same thing that is very much normal and okay in the western world.

“but read devendraâ??s piece it is sheer chaplusi of his editor.”

The tone of the write up is somewhat of more praise than critical note but as you have mentioned yourself the write up must have been “his personal reflections/ recollections.” But I am not sure about that because thatâ??s not mentioned in the article. And I don’t see any wrong with the article. At least it gives us some ideas about Narayan Wagle.

“donâ??t know who are lot of professors you (Chinta) are referring to, but if you mean pra-da abhi narayan subedi then, iâ??m sorry. i respect him butâ?¦”

But what? Will you please elaborate? This is exactly where my terms “rotten gorkhali” and negative mindset come in. Come on man; tell us, whom do you expect to do a review of a book? If not Prof Subedi, if not other journalists, whom?

gpokh Says:

July 28th, 2005 at 3:30 am
Saukat, you wrote what you felt about me. But you complain about what I felt reading the over valorisation of palpasa cafe and the inherent chakari. Your feeling doesn’t need a rationale but my needs, thats your point, hoina ta?

Well, if your starting comment by gali becomes positive attitude, and my suggestion becomes negativsm, then what could I say?

YOu repeatedly use the term ‘gorkhali habbit’. What does this mean? You mean to say that all Nepalis (I guess by gorkhali you mean so) are of same nature? Is Nepal so homogenous? Are Nepalis so uniform? (If so, how come you’re different? Are you from another planet? Or you became kuhire-like by reading NYT?).

“You people have cynical attitude toward a Nepali doing the same thing that is very much normal and okay in the western world”.

Here again you generalise. Criticise me, its ok. But why drag others? So, you’ve seen the west? (which west are you referring by the way?) So normal, what? Reading NYT? By the way I haven’t seen “the West”.

And yes, I don’t know how reviews are done? Could you please tell me a bit more?

Do you mean to say that I also have to see what you see in devendra’s article? Or can I have opinions too? Or is it that I can only post wah wah UWB, or oh, dinesh ji you’re great?-type comment.

I didn’t utter a word on what Kunda said or what CK Lal commented on the novel. i haven’t commented either on Jhalak or Shekhar’s piece (though i know they work in the same org) but I only commented on some pieces which i thought was a bit panegyric. I haven’t said anything on abhi’s write-up as well. But being a student of him, I’ve got to know him a bit, thats why i said so.

Bajra Says:

July 28th, 2005 at 12:13 pm
Oh…ho. Eauta kitab ko lagi yetro mara mar. Come on guys. This is just a book. One thing is sure, I am gonna read this because of the huge attention the book is receiving.

The other day I was in Kantipath and there in a bookshop was a huge board advertising the book.

Aba kitab ko pani marketing garne din aayechhan Nepal ma pani bhanne lagyo malai. Harry Potter jastai gari. He he he…

gpokh Says:

July 29th, 2005 at 10:00 pm
there is yet another review of palpasa cafe—posted in

ajit baral is teh reviewer. worth skimming. finds some mistakes and also provides suggestions…

novelmaster Says:

August 1st, 2005 at 5:42 pm
Well, by now people have understood that the novel is a big hype created by Kantipur Ltd. The only good thing about the whole affair is that people have started to spend on book if they think (or tricked to think) it’s a good book.
It’s just not convincing that palpasa cafe should get this much of attention. If you like to read much worthy experimental fiction, read Gopal Parajuli, from whom (I think) Narayan Wagle has copied style.

Bijay Bokhim Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 3:10 am
How can I buy this book online? There’s no link to “Buy Now button” on the right bar as mentioned above.

srt Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 12:30 pm
I was desperetly searching this book. Found today. I will read it and comment very soon. I do hope I’ll enjoy.

Lal Bdr Khatri Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 5:03 pm
I have not gone thu the book since found the book too expensive for the readers like me. Form the comments posted in the websides and papers, it seems that book will be well read for long. Joys of reading depends on how books have been written. I realized that out of the depth of conflicts and violence, such novels get written. Are you trying to convey the message that such situation is a fertile ground for literary creation.
After all you have done something. Your book is a distant hope for common Nepalese readers whom Wagle knows well. His novel could be be a best seller provided the price comes in right size. It is also a fact that people are running far from READING FICTIONS.

srt Says:

August 4th, 2005 at 4:52 pm
I started reading the book.The book is very interesting.Especially I’ve been impressed by the dialogue delivery.I’ll finish it by tomorrow. I have some comments which i’ll express later.

Garib Nepali Says:

August 4th, 2005 at 8:16 pm
Why is the book so expensive? Hasn’t Kantipur paid him enough? If Mr Wagle wanted to send a message through the book, he could have lowered the price. I guess Mr. Wagle is using his influence to sell the book and go in profit.

Much ado about not nothing, like Bheda ko Oon jasto

raj Says:

August 9th, 2005 at 2:35 pm
its interesting, although there are unnecessary things in the middle. the book got my attention at the begining and at the ends and ofcourse the part where drishya went to the village.
i felt as if its the extended version of “coffee guff” any ways, i used to enjoy coffee guff and i enjoyed pepalsa cafe too.
i dont know why i love wagle’s way of writing. i feel he writes the truth infront of us but cant believe its true. his stories are always untruely true.

Email sharma Says:

August 25th, 2005 at 5:01 pm
Its very interesting to read this book. I had enjoy in very nicely. Keep it up writting this type of book.

ramnam Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 6:32 am
It’s a GOOD novel. That is what it matters.

I appreciate the writer. He came up with a pleasant writing. This book shall allow a lot of fellow Nepalis who love literature to realise that in fact, there ARE people who can write the way the writer has in his first novel.

Keep up Mr. Wagle. Do write another one. You have all the wishes. Yes.

Bideshi Says:

September 8th, 2005 at 4:39 pm
I live in Germany. Where can I buy this book? Can I buy it by mail?

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