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April 18, 2010

Letter to the editor

Filed under: My POV — Asmita @ 1:44 pm

An article by CK Lal got published in “The Week” (Republica) about Parijat in 16th April 2010. I wrote a commentary about the article and had send it to the editor. My write-up did got published the other day but the essence of my writing was all scissored out by the editor.

Well, i do not have any control over the editorial team of Republica, therefore, i was helpless but here i will utilize my space, my blog and here i will present you my original commentary. It goes like this:

Letter to the editor

It was a pleasure to read about Parijat in ‘the women nepali creators series’ by CK Lal. The articles by CK Lal have always instigated deep thoughts in me and he is one of the favorite writers I would like to read though his vocabulary is quite tricky to comprehend in a first read. The true essence in the writings of CK Lal, I think, is the presence of the current affairs regardless of what he is writing about. Yesterday’s article “Parijat: the legend lives on” also had an interesting start about the poem recitals at the residences of top leaders of major political parties organized by Parijat Memorial Centre to press for timely promulgation of the statue.

CK Lal, a contemporary thinker, a person with such strong, revolutionary stance has been seen on the streets during Jana-andolan II with an utter enthusiasm. In the text, where he has doubted the verse reading sessions as ‘meek’, as an audience to those sessions, to me, the metaphors of the poets were no more less than a bang in the ears of the leaders. Parijat, known for her radical beliefs would have never thought the protest anything near to ‘meek’ and because CK Lal himself is sentient I hope he will shortly find the way to join these protests.

Secondly, the writer has referred Parijat as an epitome of revolutionary nihilism to her “progressive” acolytes, which isn’t true in accordance with my talks with then members of Ralfali movement Ninu Chapagain and Rayan. Rather they believed in Parijat because of her capability to escape from her earlier thoughts to progressive ones. Her novels are the witness of such variation of thoughts in her, from ‘Sirish ko Phool’ to ‘Anido Pahad Sangai’. And it is very doubtful that ‘Mahattanhin’ is her second most popular novel as the writer has quoted in the text.

And finally, a small correction with the facts. Parijat has nine published novels, not ten and along with other published works, her three autobiographies, ‘Euta Chitramaya Suruwat’,  ‘Dhupi, Salla ra Laligurasko Fedma’ and “Adhhayan ra Sangharsa’ has also been published which the writer missed to mention.

If you are curious about the article I have commented for, please follow the link http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=17521

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2 Comments »

  1. I appreciate your letter for its faith on the works of Parijat. In fact, you can’t do anything about the editing because one who does it tries to fit your thoughts into his paper’s. Sometimes, it is lucky a new-comer’s work gets through. It is a writer’s dharma to write, but let the editor do his part. No grudges, because the text that came out — no matter in what form — is final; it is only you who know what it was and should have been.

    C. K. Lal has his own reading of Parijat. Given the polysemic nature of literary texts, and the reader’s own biases about the writer and her cultural-political leanings, it is equally risky to categorize a particular line of reading under such binaries as right/wrong, complete/incomplete, biased/unbiased.

    But keep it up. Also, take time to read the recent story “The B.Ed. Saga-II” in my blog. If you have already read, send comments.

    Comment by Hem — April 19, 2010 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  2. I appreciate your letter for its faith on the works of Parijat. In fact, you can’t do anything about the editing because one who does it tries to fit your thoughts into his paper’s. Sometimes, it is lucky a new-comer’s work gets through. It is a writer’s dharma to write, but let the editor do his part. No grudges, because the text that came out — no matter in what form — is final; it is only you who know what it was and should have been.
    +1

    Comment by Abner Carr — September 16, 2010 @ 8:04 am | Reply


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