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Buddha’s Orphans: We’re All Connected in our Suffering

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2010

The Huffington Post By Samrat Upadhyay*

Like many writers at the start of their projects, I didn’t know what I was doing when I began writing my novel Buddha’s Orphans. I had the image of an infant abandoned in Kathmandu’s city park by his mother, who then jumps into a nearby pond. The time was not now; it was the old Kathmandu of the sixties, with its open spaces and its tiger-striped taxis. The picture in my mind was intriguing enough that I decided to pursue it. The novel soon evolved into a labyrinthal story with multiple characters and a historical canvas that stretched for decades. In the beginning I had thought that the orphan boy, Raja, was the central character, but as the writing progressed other characters emerged who were equally important. One of them was Kaki, the woman who raises Raja in the streets and who gets rejected by him. Another character, Nilu, turned out to be even more of a presence than Raja: it’s her resolve, her faith in Raja, and her concern and compassion for the downtrodden that sweeten the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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