Pandulipi by Krishna Dharabasi
Pandulipi by Krishna Dharabasi is one of the popular and successful novels in the field of Nepali literature in the national language. Initially the people had thought that the author would show or distribute the manuscript itself, however, later they came to realize that Pandulipi was not a manuscript in form but was the manuscript of the author’s life describing about his family life, cordial relation of husband and wife, the love between the family members and above all, the sacrifice and dedication of the wife to make his family life stable and contented.
The novel written in personal context is dedicated completely to the unexpected demise of the author’s wife which left his aloof and heartbroken. One of the best elegy novels in Nepali literature, Pandulipi compares the life of people with a novel where the life of the person is connected to the time and situation making one’s personal stories social and realistic. Here, no one is originator, producer or creator of literature and no one has done their work out of their ability, instead, everyone is fulfilling the duty of the characters just like it happens in a novel.
The novel and the narratives, although personal, are the representation of the human feelings, emotions and Nepali middle class family. The actual depiction of pathetic conditions related to health and loss of life in the personal tone makes the reader cry and apart from this, the book also has instances which melt the hearts of the readers. Also the reference of his earlier novel Aadha Bato, which he wrote after his mother’s demise, can be found throughout Pandulipi and it portrayed in a way which might seems like and is also considered by the writer to be the other half of his previous book Aadha Bato (half way).
The first chapter of the book starts with the preparation and account of marriage of the writer to his wife and their family life together where his wife contributes in all of his works.
The book comes as a representation of every middle class people of Nepali society also gained high popularity in FM program Shruti Sambeg, a radio program which reads the entire novel to give easy access to the listeners. Pandulipi comes as a brilliant example for the literature of loss and this novel by a feminist writer Krishna Dharabasi, if you go by the contents, perspectives and lead characters of his book, is a must-read.