• Ajit Baral

The Lazy Conman

by: Ajit Baral

‘Do you not have eyes? Can’t you see that I am watering my tree?’ The merchant said, ‘But there are clothes on the branches.’ ‘Yes, I would expect a clothes-tree to grow clothes—wouldn’t you?’ Kakaji is a lazy man, much given to sitting around, until, one day, his wife kicks him out in a rage. […]

ISBN: 9789937665469

Buy product

Meet the Author
avatar-author
An alumnus of the International Writing Program-2011, Iowa University and the International Writer's Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University, Ajit Baral is the author of Lazy Conman and Other stories, Interviews Across Time and Space, and co-author of By the Way: Travels through Nepal's conflict and Shaili Pustak, a Nepali style guide. He is the co-editor of an anthology of Nepali short stories in English, New Nepal, New Voices and the editor of First Love, an anthology of memoirs on first love. He has contributed articles, book reviews and short prose pieces to national and international magazines and his writings have appeared in journals and book forms. He is the cofounder of FinePrint and the festival director of Nepal's first ever international literature festival, Nepal Literature Festival.
Books of Ajit Baral
About This Book
Overview

‘Do you not have eyes? Can’t you see
that I am watering my tree?’
The merchant said, ‘But there are
clothes on the branches.’
‘Yes, I would expect a clothes-tree
to grow clothes—wouldn’t you?’

Kakaji is a lazy man, much given to sitting around, until, one day, his wife kicks him out in a rage. After a series of adventures—which involve a tree that bears clothes and a dancing bear that shits silver coins—Kakaji comes home rich and resumes his life of indolence.

Characters like Kakaji abound in The Lazy Conman and Other Stories, making their roguish way in the world with wit, charm and grace. The Uttis and Laligurans trees fall in and out of love; the mouse asks the sun, the clouds and the mountain, successively, to be her husband; and Death is trapped, for the first and the only time, on earth. The fox teaches the Brahmin an important lesson of life while gods walk the earth and actively take part in the human and animal affairs.

An engaging retelling of mostly oral folktales, these stories represent the mosaic of cultures that make up the Nepalese nation. With beautiful illustrations by Durga Baral, one of Nepal’s best-known cartoonists, The Lazy Conman and Other Stories affords a fascinating view of the social and cultural life of Nepal and an unique opportunity to sample the treasures of an ancient and rapidly changing culture.

Details

ISBN: 9789937665469
Publisher: FinePrint
Publish Date: 2018
Page Count: