Capable and notable writers are getting lost in the crowds of less talented writers with connections.
The growth of indigenous publishing and writing in recent years is a good sign. With the spread of education, a social and cultural change is happening and one instrument of cause for this change is the book. However, the growth of the reading-public has not increased with the pace of literacy and the educated mass.
199th issue of Nepali Literary Magazine, Abhibyakti.
Writers of this issue: Dhanraj Giri, Rita Tamrakar, Nandlal Aacharya, Gayatree Kumar Chapagain, Arjun Thapa, Maheshwor Ray, Dr. Bhoophari Poudel, Rambabu Ghimire, Vijaya Vaishnav Dhakal, Chetnath Kadel Harit, Charubha Ghimire, Mahesh Chandra Pradhan, Hari Kattel, Sunil Puri, Samba Dhakal, Sharmila Karki, Bheshraj Pokharel, Suman Thapa, Rajesh Dhungana, Binod Nepal, Sarita Poudel Guragain, Krishna Bajgain, Nilanjala Bharadwaj, Lavanya Sapkota, Shankar Shah, Neerajan Moudgalya, and Yayawar.
Standing on the cliffs
On the banks of the river that carries the flood and bore
Gazing at the horizons for shore
I am drawing shape deep within the cloud‟s inner core
(Trans. Watson, Nepalikavita.com)
There has to be a substantial body of literary works for criticism to grow up on. Sikkimese Nepali writing has in the last century, taking for the start Manbir Singh Rasaily’s ‘Vishwa Brahman Varnan’ of 1925, an unobstructed yet snail paced progress till 1940s. Uday Lahari (1877) of Swami Inandil Das and the other many a Lahari and Sawai by composers of the then ‘British Sikkim’, that was Darjeeling, of course, do not fill the bill as Sikkimese works nor do they fit the snail-ine description.