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Sumnima (सुम्निमा)

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Sumnima a famous Nepali novel by B P Koirala, a former Prime Minister of Nepal is about the painful complications that arise in a man-woman relationship. The story is about the powerful attraction that exists between a Brahmin boy and an ordinary girl. It deals with the conflict within the boy who also wishes to pursue spiritual salvation but is torn between his desire for ...more
Paperback, eighth, 94 pages
Published 2010 by Sajha Prakashan (first published June 2002)
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Parva Chhantyal
जातभातको सिकार बनेको एउटा अमर परेम काहानी । सुमनिमा एउटा किरात परिवार को चेली हुन भने सोमनाथ एउटा सखत बरहामण परिवारको एकलो छोरो । बाबुआमाको छोरा माथि निकै ठुलो आशा हुनाले सोमनाथ सानैदेखी अनुशासित भएर पूजाआजा अनी तपसया मा धेरै चसो राखदछ। धारमिक परिवारमा जनमेको हुनाले उसको दिन धारमिक काम गरेरनै बितछ। दिनहु एक समय कोशी नदीको छेउमा गाई चदाउन जानछ र तयति अवसरमा एकदिन कोशी नदी को छेउमा खेलन आएकी सुमनिमालाई भेतछ।

दिनहु भेटघात अनी बोलिचालीको करममा उनीहरु एक अरका परती आकरसित हुँदै जानछन । जिबनभरी बरहमाचार
not much of my kind of story. I find BPK's work a little exaggerated on sex and life. I would have liked the story if it was about the cultural diversions and how love fails and finds itself, rather than the extended distraction on the nudity.
Barsha Shrestha
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional work, I feel lucky to encounter koirala's work and at the same time I am amazed by his writing skill even though he was politically engaged person he wrote this novel when he was in jail, he persuaded literature in another way. And now he is one of the legend in Nepali Literature. Awesome read.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bp-koirala
Sumnima is one of the best Nepalese novels I have ever read. There's clear picture of ideology BP Koirala carried all his life in this novel. His sincere take on love and sexuality in human life, the futility of suppressing the natural desires and the aftereffects of those forceful acts; its all there, laid down in the most beautiful and convincing language.

This is a story of a Brahmin boy whose quest to achieve spiritual salvation forces him to abandon his love and suppress his desires for a K
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amazing presentation of sexual tention. The ease in Kirats and perhaps unnecessary complex choice of life among Brahmans are so well presented. 'Nai malai kapada lagauna laj lagcha' is an amazing imagination of the writer. However, I think the story is dragged and obscure towards the end. Worth reading.
Heera Bhandari
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
something different test for Nepali literature.... n feel some closed to OSHO thought.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
A masterpiece from BPK. A piece that transcends time.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The exploration of naturalism which was suppressed and hidden by the belief and ego of caste, culture and religion.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Master piece
Suraj Ghimire
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's an elegant work of imagination by BP that treads on the boundary of psychological and evolutionary science. Being from a Brahmin family and having friends from backgrounds different than me, I can relive and relish the imagery of the author in this novel. It's so true yet so ethereal, the tug of war between absistent virtues and carnal desires, the hypocritical dogmas and natural harmony. We want what we can't have and we try to shove our dominance in the world through our thoughts or actio ...more
Saurabh Kandel
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine? How has BP foreseen the future of Cast and Marriage?
Saurab Dulal
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Nepali love story I have ever read
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book demonstrates the class and dexterity of one of the rarest Nepali literary genius. Human desires and physical needs when placed under restrictions will all but help ruin one as a person. He can never love or live truly.

Sumnima and Somdutta kept running in the same circle all their life never meeting each other. The education that was supposed to be Somdutta's ladder to salvation, the meditation, soul searching kept him from the real luminese. They were pulling him away from the actual
Rasik Lamsal
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is a book that shows the caste discrimation between Kirat and Brahmins in the ancient times. The major character of this book are Sumnima, Somdatta and Puloma. Somdatta is a child of Brahmin wheras Sumnima is daughter of Kirat. They first met in the Koshi riverside. Both Somdatta and Sumnima loved each other. But they could not express it due to the caste problem. Somdatta became interested on the naked body of Sumnima, but he thought that this was out of the things that he learned from diffe ...more
Manashwi Karki
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
" दश हजार वरष बाचने ऋषि वैजञानिक सतय होइन , न चितरकारले कागजमा रङेको रातो सुरय नै वैजञानिक सतय हो ।
ती परतीक हुन , अनुभव भनदा बाहिर पाउन सकने चाख परतिकातमक हुनछ, संकेतजनित ।
तयसैले यो कथा सतय र असतय को तराजु मा नजोखिने यौटा वरिततानत हो , यसको महतवपुरण पौराणिक छ, संकेतमय, परतिकातमक । "

निकै सुनदर लागयो सुनुनजेल यो किताब। मन को भावना लाइ मनमा गुमसाएर राखदा तयेसले पैदा गरने कुनठन र पछुतो दरसाएको छ यो पुसतक मा । शरिर र आतमाको बिच को अनतर, जसमा एकलाइ खुसि राखने परयास मा अरकोमाथि अनयाए गरेको पापबोध
Santosh Geeri
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gunaraj Luitel
Dec 26, 2013 is currently reading it
good book
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Nabin Pathak
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Nepali writing at its best.
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Kshitiz Puri
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
the writer sheer audacity moves me. one word, epic..
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only mythological cum historical cum socio-cultural fiction in Nepali literature. And Thanks to the people who burnt "SUMNIMA"
Bikram Rai
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
i want to know
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