Recently I managed to go through “Sirish Ko Phool.” A well known novel, written by Parijat (Bishnu Kumari Waiba). I had heard a lot about it and all the words of appreciation and praise turned out to be true, as I started the novel.
Wonderfully taken down and genuinely executed, this very novel is an acclaimed piece of gift for all Nepalese. It reads simple but it is scrutinized so beautifully that it drags you beyond the life and death. We all have to be thankful to Parijat for her genius job.
Suyogbir, a retired army on his elderly period, is a male who finds himself attracted to Sakambari, the lead cast in the novel.Sakambari is Shiva Raj’s beloved sister. And Suyogbir is Shiva Raj’s good pal. Shiva Raj has two other sisters, Mujura and Sanu. The story of the novel flows around these people. Sakambari has been portrayed as a emotionless, quiet, lonely but having strong wills who loves to smoke and want to be in her own world.
Suyogbir who thinks himself, a powerless, ugly, old man has experienced a great extent of rise and fall of life. During his life span he had physical relationships with a number of girls. He bitterly recalls his past when he even raped, killed, betrayed and enjoyed with girls. Now he thinks he is a criminal and unsuitable for innocent Sakambari from all sides but he can’t erase the impression made by her in his mind.
He reluctantly germinates his love for Sakambari after a long dormancy. He keeps on thinking about her and fight with his own intermittent thoughts. He gathers his courage to kiss her one day but doesn’t get any response from her.
Suyogbir asks himself scores of questions and replies one by one but in vain. He tries with might and main but can’t ignore her by any means. Before Suyogbir expresses his feelings in detail with Sakambari, time takes an odd and painful leap, she dies. Does she die diseased or suicide? The novel doesn’t reveal it.
Using simple language and innumerable logics, Parijat has paced the sense of passion and feelings with the plot. She has mixed an unseen psychology of an aged man’s unexpressed love for a young and sober girl. While reading “Sirish Ko Phool” we smile, laugh, agonized, cry, live and die many times. It’s an awesome novel so far and going to remain as an immortal icon in Nepali literature.
Hats off to Parijat.