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KATHMANDU: “Young writers should realise that writing is not an easy discipline and it’s a long term business. It is not going to happen just overnight. One has to suffer from rejection, criticism and more,” argued renowned fiction writer Samrat Upadhyay at the 25th edition of Tavern Tales organised by Quixote’s Cove, book shop at Ramalaya, Pani Pokhari on December 23.

Known for his short story collection Arresting God in Kathmandu, and novels like The Guru of Love, The Royal Ghosts and Buddha’s Orphans, Upadhyay was in conversation with Kumudini Shrestha, one of the co-founders of Sikshya Foundation at the event. And the conversation was focused on how the city and its female characters are portrayed within his stories and what they tell the readers about Nepali society.

The Professor of Creative Writing and Director of Graduate Studies at Indiana University, Upadhyay explained that the characters in his books are progressive yet conservative and even his own mother and sister have been the source of inspiration to depict the characters in his fictional writing.

Revealing his writing technique, he added, “While writing I go along with the natural flow. In order to make my composition interesting I write opposite to what readers would expect the character to do. And I think it is joy of writing.”

Furthermore, the readers also asked different queries related to the author as well as his books in the event. Suggesting the aspiring writers he opined, “One should not just write for fame and money. You need to love writing and have to be passionate to be a successful writer where rejection and suffering should be used as fuel to be competent.”

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