Hello and Namaste from Kathmandu, Nepal.
I have always liked communicating in writing since I was in school. English has been my first language at school though I am not a native English speaker. I work in an office which doesn’t help as far as inspiration is concerned. But I like meeting people at work and elsewhere. The rest of me you will find in my blog which I started in late December 2012 and I have really enjoyed being here. I also get to read and interact with bloggers which is really nice.
I was anonymous until now – my name is Laxmi. I am quite a loner. I love my family but I also love my own company. I live in a small world of my own. I try to avoid crowds in which I’d be lost.
I am relatively new to blogging but I wanted to relate to people having similar interests in writing. I was married young, at 19 and had a baby by 20 – so motherhood came to me early on in life. I feel I have missed that part of my life while girls my age normally went on to complete their college. But I feel that part of my life taught me a great deal of things in life such as caring for a baby while still being young. When I went out to dry the clothes after tucking in the baby for a nap, I used to feel as if someone had come to steal the baby away! When the baby slept continuously for a long time in the afternoon, I would listen to her heart to see if she was still breathing. Now the baby is a young woman. It seems like we grew up together. I had a son much later. I have learnt to let them go gently into the world.
I am now completing my debut novel which I like to call, ‘Romancing a Gurkha’. The manuscript is almost complete. As for the genre, I think it’s close to a romantic fiction based on life in the Gurkha cantonment in Singapore in the 1960s. The Gurkhas, as you would know, are legendary soldiers hired from the rugged terrains of Nepal since World War 1 for the British Army which continues to this day. I am a by product of such an agreement. My father was a Gurkha and I was born in Singapore where I spent most of my childhood in the Gurkha barracks. I have based my story of love, of diaspora, of separation and of broken dreams of the Gurkhas, their wives and their children who return to their country Nepal upon retirement.
Being new to this arena, I have begun searching for literary agents who might accept my story but I’ve been told it’s a tedious process. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I don’t know if I will ever be able to publish the story, if I do, then I will do justice to Kaji and Saani who are my protagonists in the novel. I can already feel their anxiety through me. I feel responsible as I have brought them into the book and they are breathing restlessly in the manuscript. I will be happy if they get a chance to step out of it and go into the world like my own children.
Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to connect and I will try my best to respond with my honest life experiences of being a mother, of being a wife, of being a woman and most importantly of trying to be a writer and putting my message across.