The Wayward Daughter-Shradha Ghale | Book review

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The first novel carries a lot of promises as it is the result of hard work, dreams, aspiration and author’s acute day-to-day observation to the things around her. “The Wayward Daughter”- Shradha Ghale’s debut novel published on Dec 1st, 2018 is her promising novel. The novel portrays the lifestyle of Kathmandu during early 90’s. Sumnima Tamule, a leading character here, discovers herself through love and her loss. It points out the mistakes she inevitably makes as a teenager, and narrates the impact on her made by different Generation people she was surrounded with. Ghale narrates interwoven story that touches all kind of readers through different characters that the reader can relate themselves with. Blurb is little misleading though.

The story explains the problems with joint family living in the city like Kathmandu. Gajendra Tamule, a father and her wife Premkala Limbu tries their best to fit in a small accommodation. Premkala’s mother who is permanent guest in the home and referred to as ‘Boju’ in the book whines and complains, hides food and creates a mess in the house which will take back the readers into their childhood.

The story also addresses class division in the society through vivid incidents like installing a telephone, a double door refrigerator or a new cabinet in the kitchen etc. The frustration seen on the central character Sumnima, because of her rich friends going to settle abroad and herself seeing in some local college with the low grades can be related to many young generation and teenagers these days. How she starts lying to parents, starts stealing money from home for her US returned RJ boyfriend who do not really seem to be interested towards her reflects the ups and downs that today’s generation  teenagers are experiencing in their love life.

Apart from some glaring obvious mistakes the book will warm your heart because this book basically is about the human relationship. Grab your copy, you will not get disappointed.

The Wayward Daughter

Author: Shradha Ghale
Genre: Fiction
language: English
Pages: 268, paperback
MRP: NR 560

Dear Diary | Facebook Based Nepali Literature Page

I started writing a diary long ago. The whole thing started when I was a kid, and it started as a slam book and auto. On slam book and auto I could only share the things I felt like sharing with my pals. What about the things that you can’t express or don’t want to express it in front of your friends and siblings? I chose a pen and paper and started writing my inner feelings, ups and downs, explained the moment I liked and disliked, wrote a place I visited and the things I ate. Papers piled up and ultimately it turned out to be my first personal diary which contained almost every little secret of mine. From stealing guava out of my neighbor’s field to falling for a girl with short hair and deep black eyes i explained it on my diary. The girl whom I fell for was a lead actress of my first ever written diary. I mentioned her name on every page and every line of my diary that when I was heartbroken I could not erase her name out from it. So I burnt it into ashes with heavy heart. First story ended here – as well the second one started.

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I was 17 when I was heartbroken in love for the first time. At that age, I could imagine a girl with fair complexion and long blonde hair as my dream girl. I could dream of marrying her in a very fancy church and kiss her lips as soon as the priest takes our vow. I could imagine a love story as beautiful as Romeo-Juliet or Laila-Majnu. The feelings and emotions started flooding inside my mind which I wanted to share with the people I knew and the people I didn’t know they existed. Slam books were for kids, a personal diary is too fragile and it stays there somewhere around the cupboard and no one ever knows about those love stories I created. So finally I chose a digital diary and created a Facebook page with the name Dear Diary (Alien Diary) and started pouring my feelings in there. Please check the page with the link given below and let me know your thoughts.