You might be amused to know how meaningful Nepalese literature is. Over many decades, Nepali Books have offered knowledge, excellent word-play, and stories. From the poems of Laxmi Prasad Devkota to the summer love of Subin Bhattarai, Nepali literature has experienced big changes. But the trend of reading books is ever old. Here are the 10 best Nepali Books for beginners to start reading that won’t disappoint you.
Palpasa Café – Narayan Wagle
This Madan Puraskar winning novel portrays a vivid description of the insurgency period while making a romantic twist. A beautiful love story grows amongst the horrors of the civil war. It’s a story of love, a story of war, and a story of chaos in Nepalese politics.
Pagal Basti – Saru Bhakta
This is my personal favorite.
Pagal Basti is one of the finest books in Nepalese literature. Some might claim the book “hard to understand”, but it’s worth the time. Read it twice or thrice until you understand the essence of the book.
Karnali Blues – Buddhi Sagar
I remember crying as I flipped the pages of Karnali Blues. A complete journey of a small boy to adulthood takes the reader in an extremely emotional roller coaster. A struggle of a father’s struggles has been studied through the son’s eyes.
Shirish Ko Phool – Bishnu Kumari Waiba
Translated as The Blue Mimosa, Shirish Ko Phool is the most popular book in Nepal. Published in 1965, the book is also adopted in the literature curriculum of many schools/colleges around the world. The story beautiful portrays war and love in a single frame.
Seto Dharti – Amar Neupane
Amar Neupane writes about a girl who was married at the age of seven. She returns her parental home after the death of her husband in her early teen. The journey follows with more struggles and an absolute lack of love. The set rotates somewhere between 1850-1950 and portrays the bitter-truth of Nepal.
Seto Bagh – Diamond Shumsher Rana
Diamond Shumsher takes you back to the time of Rana Sasan with this amazing writing. It writes the chaos after Jung Bahadur Rana falls and this elder son Jagat Jung Rana suffers the fate. With the twist of the royal love story between Jagat Jung and the princess, Seto Bagh is a struggle for power. It has all those massacres, betrayal, and bloodshed during the era.
Jeevan Kaada Ki Phool – Jhamak Kumari Ghimire
It’s rear that an autobiography tells such a heart-full story. The struggle of Jhamak with her disability and her journey to be a successful Nepalese figure is a real motivation. A story of perseverance is written powerfully.
China Harayeko Manche – Hari Bansha Acharya
Hari Bansha Acharya is the living legend of our society. In this autobiography, he skilfully depicts his life as a child and hardships as he rises to fame. But the real struggles of seeing your loved one die and being unable to do anything makes the book sentimental.
Soch Euta Aatmabiswas – Karna Shakya
Soch euta aatmabiswas is a very powerful autobiography that holds the power to invite revolution in one’s life. Empowering a sense of judgment, the book makes us face Anxiety and skepticism. The book provides strength to face the disillusion of our society with high morale, confidence, and trust.
Summer Love – Subin Bhattarai
Subin Bhattarai writes a beautiful love story and makes the best-selling books in Nepal. A failure of college love and the struggle of students describe almost a real-life situation of Nepalese youth.