Kathmandu, 21 March 2023
Author Ravindra Sameer, who has established a distinct identity in Nepali literature for the past three decades, has released his 13th book “Corona Tantra” in the market. This collection is his 10th short story (laghu katha) and also his second novel. There are one hundred and ten independent short stories that have woven a separate existence within the framework of the corona epidemic, then they have been tied together by the thread of time to create a novel.
Since the beginning of the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, Ravindra Sameer has creatively crafted the uncertainties, fears, attacks, treatments, lack of hospital beds, oxygen shortage, government indolence, misconceptions about masks, and the psychological impact on society caused by the epidemic are tied into a thread of stories. Each short story in the “Corona Tantra” collection adds profundity to the book by incorporating common sayings and scientific explanations related to the coronavirus pandemic. The main character of the book, Dr. Sharma, experiences the same situation as many people during the pandemic, and his experiences have added a lot of depth to the novel.
The book describes just as the authoritarianism, democracy, or the long ruling regime in the country that we experienced brutally ruled over us, in the same way the invisible corona virus ruled us in the name of the corona tantra. Indigo Ink has faith that this book, which has been brought to market, will serve as a living document of the pandemic.
This is a satirical novel written in an organized style using words to imagine the pandemic’s overwhelming situation. Titled “Corona Tantra”, the book creates a thread from separate stories in the form of short stories, resembling a garland made from individual flowers as a thread-novel. This novel will serve as a lively history of the pandemic for current and future creations, drawing from the personal experiences.
Rabindra Sameer, a prominent author of Nepali literature, specifically in short stories and short storical novel, whose notable works include ‘Teshro Aakha’ (2053), ‘Postmortem’ (2062), ‘Vikiran’ (2063), ‘Ishwor Ka Katha’ (2065), ‘Arjuna Drishti’ (2067), ‘Anu Ra Pahad’ (2069), ‘Vyangaam Sharanam Gachchami’ (2070) and ‘Eklavya Drishti’ (2071), the eight collections of short stories. Apart from this, Sameer’s ‘Chandiko Gherra’ (Muktak Collection, 2062), ‘Great Wall Ko Great Anubhuti (Niyatra Collection, 2066), ‘Bhukampama Malham Patti’ (Memoir, 2073) and ‘Mrityu ko Ayu’ (Novel, 2076) have also been published. ‘Coronatantra’ (Sutra Upanyas) is his thirteenth literary work.
Samir has received several prestigious awards and honors, including the Padma Shree Puraskar, Uttam Shanti Puraskar, Yuva Barsha Moti Puraskar, Anesas Uttkrishta Pustak Puraskar, Ramesh Vikal Samajsewa Samman, Sahitya Sandhya Puraskar, Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Padak, and several national and international awards and recognitions.
His new creation “Coronatantra” is a noteworthy novel that uses a satirical style to depict various events of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This novel is a remarkable literary work and worth reading for the present and future generations.
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