Saturday, December 31, 2011
A very wonderful new year 2012 to you all!
Thank you so much for your wonderful support and enthusiasm during my publishing struggles and adventures.
I wanted to let all of you know that "The End of the World" is about to be published in Kindle (in around 24 hours, as we speak) and that you can soon download it on your Kindles.
I will also soon have my novel "Loving the Enemy" available as an e-book online shortly. Thank you all again for your thoughtful support and love of literature.
I hope this new year brings you new joy and new directions for spiritual and planetary growth. Love to all, Sushma
Monday, December 19, 2011
Crises in West necessitate looking towards East for development
Friday, December 16, 2011
A reading I gave at SDPI's Fourteenth Sustainable Development Conference 13-15 December 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan
|Fiction and the Facts: Writing the History of Development in Nepal|
|Literature and social change has always gone hand in hand since the invention of the written word. As a writer, I have always written fiction and non-fiction simultaneously. I have been a regular contributor to the Kathmandu Post since 1998. For the past two years, I wrote a widely-read op-ed column, “The Global and the Local.” My intention was to bring liberal and critical thinking skills to a Nepali middle class readership, and to highlight social justice issues as if they mattered. I feel I have succeeded, when I see young people with good education actively competing to get their works printed in the newspaper.|
Just as I draw upon fictional techniques to engage the reader in serious reportage, I do the opposite with fiction—I do not leave it all up to my imagination, but often draw from the treasure trove of real life stories I have heard as a journalist and social change activist in Nepal. My aim is always to tell these stories with greater authenticity and accuracy—paradoxically, this may entail me to move away from pure “facts” to a more imaginative terrain involving emotions, dreams, myths and other things that find no place in a UN report on human rights violations. This subjectivity, by itself, imbues the work with an authenticity not possible with an objective narration.
I will read a short story of mine "Waiting for Rain", then discuss the ways in which issues of development are unfolding in this particular moment in time (1998-1999) in Nepal. In this story, the People's War is also just starting to take off. The main character is affected by political corruption and this effectively ends his chances of getting connected to mainstream development efforts, which have also been seized by a powerful local political leader. The story looks at many of the underlying reasons for why Nepal still remains underdeveloped today.
I will end by talking about how the work of the writer can never be subservient to the needs of social change—if done with an end in mind, it becomes propaganda. But if truthful to its stated intent, fiction writing that comes from the heart can often touch people in a way that thousand reports cannot.
|*||Sushma Joshi is a writer and filmmaker from Kathmandu, Nepal. Her book, “The End of the World”, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award in 2009 and is available in bookstores in Thailand, Hongkong, Singapore and the USA. Her novel, “Loving the Enemy”, will be published in 2011. Her short film, “The Escape”, was accepted to the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007.|
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I found my story "Law and Order" had been discussed in a college paper titled "Identity and Authenticity in George Orwell’s Burmese Days: The Pukka Sahib Englishman in British Colonial Burma" by Patti Fish Stephens of Ursuline college. Please find the link below-reading it may inspire teachers to use my short story in teaching the same issues. Here is a description of the Quill, where this paper was published:
"Named in honor of the now-defunct campus newspaper, The Quill is a showcase for student academic writing. It features student writing that has been nominated as worthy of distinction by instructors. By making public examples of the fine student writing produced at Ursuline, we hope to inspire more excellence in future student writing."
Here is the link to the Quill and to the paper: http://www.ursuline.edu/academics/quill.cfm
Friday, November 11, 2011
(Here's the Asia Fellows from 2010-2011. I am on the far left. If I look fat, its because I was eating too much Thai food!)
My aim is to write a book like Tiziano Terzani's "The Fortune-teller Told Me". All my friends who like to mock my fascination with astrology, fortune-telling and prophesizing the future--please read this book! It is possible to be a journalist for a publication as serious as Der Speigel, do excellent reportage and still weave these fascinating tidbids into your book, as Terzani did.
If you have a literature related group in Oxford or London and want me to come and read from my book(s), contact me at: email@example.com. I haven't been in the UK since 1995--I'm looking forward to this visit...
Monday, October 31, 2011
Don't you just wish you were in Istanbul!
They published my "A Bowl of Zuppa" in their May 2011 issue.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hi friends, fans and readers! I am very pleased and happy to have my short story "Betrayal" translated in Japanese. Kazue of Happano.org has translated it, and here's the story in Japanese!
And they also have the story up in English, too!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dear Friends! "The End of the World" is now published through Sansar Media.
Here is a great review of "The End of the World" by Guru Magazine, the Friday supplement of the Bangkok Post. The book is now available in Asia Books, Bangkok. Don't forget to pick up a copy if you are in the Swarnabhoomi airport.
(Note this book--or any other edition of my book--is now no longer legally available in Kathmandu. Due to unaccountable and illegal practices of publishers and bookstores in Kathmandu, I only sell my books outside Nepal. If you would like to get a copy and support the writer, please wait to purchase the legal edition.)
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Alan Cheuse reviews a collection of short fiction from authors in South Asia, called The Lotus Singers. The stories are from writers in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — among other countries.
"The Lotus Singers" collection includes my short story "Law and Order."
ALAN CHEUSE: First, let me do some numbers for you. "The Lotus Singers" gives us nearly 20 contemporary pieces of short fiction from a number South Asian nations mainly India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; stories either written in English or translated by various hands from the Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Bangla and Marathi.
None of the writers included here in this volume has much if any reputation at all in the U.S. But their subjects are pressing: Hunger, rape, feudal oppression, struggle among castes and social classes, the struggle of women to achieve a modicum of equality, civil war; overbearing matters, yes. But there's some incidental joy here, too, as in the powerful story "Emancipation" written originally in Urdu by Pakistani writer Hasan Manzar in which we read of the emotional and legal turmoil of an Indian wife on a pilgrimage.
She's assaulted on a train by a conductor. But just before that life-changing event, the train crosses a bridge Ganges and the woman notices how the orange iron girders suddenly rose to high heaven and just as swiftly swooped back down reverberating with strange noises. Just then, she says, I would think of all the kids in our city who had never seen a bridge sway in this manner. They could not have been more unfortunate.
And there's the bliss that comes with understanding in the story by the Delhi writer Manjula Padmanabhan called "A Government of India Undertaking." Here, the narrator discovers one of life's great mysteries in an office filled with paper documents about birth and death.
No tour like a serious anthology such as this one to show you how a distant part of the world seems so foreign and yet so close to home.
SIEGEL: The book is "The Lotus Singers," a collection of stories from South Asia. Our reviewer, Alan Cheuse, teaches writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Our expectations descend through chasms of arcane wonder, where the Internet shapes marvelous new communities, even as the Academy breaks the chains of worn convention and formal discipline, sending forth a new class of scholars to explore the frontiers of unique realms. Amidst this progress, strangely enough and yet quite appropriately, consciousness rebels. In these pages are stories, poems, and essays that are exuberant, eloquent, and original—where expression and intelligence commingle in a flash of awakening. Whether this new consciousness is human or perhaps something greater remains to be seen, but by looking into our emanations we might find an answer. The first anthology to be released by International Authors, Emanations showcases the work of sixteen writers from around the world. With illustrations by Kai Robb, Dario Rivarossa and Vitasta Raina. Find it in Amazon.
Friday, July 15, 2011
"After the Floods" is now printed in "Stories for Sendai", an anthology whose profits will go to benefit people who were affected by the earthquake in Japan this year. You can buy the book via Amazon through this link here. An author interview is printed here.