Title: Seto Dharti (सेतो धरती)
Author; Amar Neupane
Genre: Fiction Novel
Published Date: March 2012
Cover Artist: Chirag Wangdel ( picture artist) Suwarna Humagaai ( Design )
Award: Mandan Puraskar (मदन पुरस्कार)
Price: Rs.300 @bookwormnepal
Plot:This book reveals the bitter reality of Nepalese society. This is a painful story of a widow.
The story is based on the life of a girl named Tara ( meaning: Stars ). She is a simple girl living in her village spending her time playing with other children of same village. While the story goes on, she gets married at the age of seven, the very age at which she does not even understand the meaning of marriage. The story in the novel is of the time period 1850-1950, when child marriage used to be very common.
Tara's husband has to go for his studies to Banaras, where he dies and Tara is bound to live her life as a child widow. The story continues and many difficulties come one by one in Tara's life. She comes back from her husband's home to her father's home. She tries to live her life peacefully trying to forget all the pain that life gave her when she was a young child. Later on, her mother dies and she has to take over all the responsibilities of the house.
At her adult age, she leaves her father's house and moves to Devghat, a religious place for Hindus. There she makes a small hut and starts to live a long, boring life. The story mainly tries to reveal the terrible cultural practice, in the name of religion, called child marriage. This story also portrays the pain of a child widow living her whole life without company. The novel best tries to shows bitter reality of Ancient Nepal where women have to suffer very much after the eradication of most evil practice Sati.
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