A Madan Puraskar winner novel ‘Seto Dharti’ written by Amar Neupane. The Puraskar (award), Madan Award is the biggest literary award in Nepali literature.
First published in the March of 2012, the book gained a rapid popularity among the book readers. It was a best seller in Nepal. The novel is about the bitter reality of a child widow in Nepali society. The story is painful and sad.
Summary of Seto Dharti
The story of the novel is based on the life of a girl named Tara. She is a simple girl living in a remote village. Like every other child, she also spends her time playing with other children. Like other girls in the village, she is married ogg at a tender age of seven. At that age, she didn’t not even understand what it meant to get married.
After marrying Tara, her husband had to go for his studies to Banaras, India. But, he died in the remote place, leaving his innocent wife, Tara, a child widow. The story is about all the difficulties in Tara’s life as a widow. After the death of her husband, she returns back to her parental home.
Once in her birth home, she tries to forget the pain and live her life peacefully. After the death of her mother, she had to take over all the responsibilities of the house.
As the time passed, and she became an adult, situation turned such that she had to leave the parental home and relocate herself to Devghat, a religious place in Chitwan. In the place, she constructs a small hut and lives a 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.
Listen “Seto Dharti” by Amar Neupane from Shruti Sambeg in the voice of Achyut Ghimire.