Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CD Sir adds to bouquet of Nepali literature

92-year-old Chandra Das Rai, popularly known as “CD Sir”, wears many hats - senior citizen, senior journalist, former bureaucrat, veteran politician, writer – and channels all of these aspects lucidly into his debut book, “Nepali Shahitya ko Fulbari ma Chandra Das Rai ko aeuta phool”. The book is primarily a collection of Mr. Rai’s essays published in various magazines and newspapers over the years. Also included are two poems titled ‘Bapu’ and ‘Rastriya Chaad’ and two letters sent to him and his wife, the late Ganga Devi Rai, by their grandson and granddaughter.
Speaking to NOW! Mr. Rai explained, “The book aims to document and share my overall experience with the coming generations.”

The 181 pages book has been published by his son, the sitting Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim, PD Rai, and was released in July 2015 by former Chief Secretary KC Pradhan. Priced at Rs. 500, the book is however not available at the books stands for sale.
“I’m distributing it free of cost to my friends and well-wishers and sending it to libraries and literary organizations including those in Darjeeling and the neighbouring regions,” Mr. Rai said.
The writer further informs that work on a similar book, this one in English, is underway and he hopes to reach it to readers very soon.
In conclusion, Mr. Rai said, “I’m hoping to receive reviews, critiques and suggestions from the valued readers for this book.”


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