Shiris ko Phul (Review)


I have read this novel over four times or say five times..and each time I finish the novel I feel pang and it hangs on my head for so many days. Why guilt is so painful that made such a strong women called Sakambari to suicide..or die…??

The novel has a wonderful language..the simplest of all. When I had read it for the first tell the truth that I hadn’t really understood the novel, I felt the love story in it and I couldnot understand the passion in the novel.. But this day I may say I am able to figure out the passion and the feelings of the author..

I really appreciate the wonderful story, the plot the real setting, the real characters…and the situation of the novel till it ends. The pain of running away from the feelings and passion. When the Suyogbir says..”Ma glass ma bhagchu” ( I forgot the line exactly…). The feelings is that we run away from pain…because we want to forget the pain..pain that we are suffering in our life.

What makes the old Suyogbir..the most flirtous fall in love with his friend’s sister…who is half of his age..Sakambari..the character in the novel..seems to be such a strong woman..who is an atheist..who lives her life in her own way…The way she wants…The way she has been living..The inscet eating Sungavas…like whom she is…When she says “Jharnai parcha bhane afno iccha le jharne” ( still I forgot her words..) The book is here infront of me..

I found this underlined..which obviously I have done.. “Bari pani kehi rahasya lukaudi ho. Dhuwa ko Muslo bhitra ki awasya bari bhagdi ho dhuwa ma rangmangiyera”. These are the exact words of Suyogbir in the novel which expresses the feelings..that Bari has preserved. At this very moment I remember my friend Suraj, who have asked whether I know the reality. Then I got the impression of the truth behind the novel, Parijat herself..and her perfect blend of the fact….the truth of her own life…her own passion..the hidden truth..Then I understood the above lines..clearly..crystal clear…!!!

But I won’t tell the truth as well because I might be wrong to analyze the writer’s creation with the personal..that would be totally injustice..if I did that. So, I assume that I have understood all those symbolical words..hidden symbols..hidden passions..hidden..truth…and hideen Parijat above all..and thats awesome.

The most eluding thing about the novel is the flow of passion…the passion of Suyogbir..the passion of Bari and yes the passion of Bari’s brother..I forgot the name..Shanker??? no its Shivaraj…The novel is full of passion..and if we know one thing then all thing becomes crystal clear…but that one thing I would not like…share it here…(Perhaps peolpe know about it like my friend knew)

The novel really made me cry..and I always do this..Whenever I read I can’t control my trembling heart..I feel palpitation in my heart..and a serious pang…at the end when Suyogbir says….”Meri Sakambari ! Aba malai Sarirbhari Khopera Hidna maan lageko cha, Jeewan ko Asafaltha ho, Yo Jewan ko durbhagya ho, Manis yesai pani dhuki cha , usai pani dukhi ! sadhai ritto hath, ritto maan farkana abhyesta manche ma rittai farke”…….( right now too I am tearful ) The english transaltion would be done by Holmes..I am feeling sleepy..

But the feeling I want to write…these lines give a pang in my heart…how much has the failure in love accounted to Suyogbir..he has been tragic…so that he wants to hurt himself…and give him the physical pain..he even says at one instance..that loving Sakambari was more painful than his suffering there at Death-Valley…

Love’s great…Love’s worst…This must be the worst part of love..which itself..the unexpressed feelings..the lust..the sexual passion..the inner hidden desires…the LOVE itself….the tragedy…

P.S. This tragedy broked my feelings…really made me kneel down and cry at the faliure of a man’s love..which he could never make his..the guilt Sakambari…feels and unnatural death…The biggest faliure…pang in my heart……painfull…agony…and I am in tears right now too.


7 Responses

  1. As usual the writing is marvelous. I haven’t yet read this book. But have heard many times about it……… I will read it soon……..sweta ji…..keep on writing book review.

  2. शून्यताको कथा –शिरीषको फूल
    केही ६ महिना अघिको कुरा हो। पारिजातको बहुचर्चित उपन्यास शिरीषको फूल पढ्न बसेको थिएँ। जम्मा ४ घण्टामा पढ्न सक्काएर म विवश भएको थिएँ जीवनको अस्तित्व के हो सोँचेर। शिरीषको फूल पढीसकेपछि हो, शून्यवादको परिभाषा मैले केही हद सम्म राम्ररी बुझ्न सकेको।
    शिरीषको फूल एक यस्तो उपन्यास हो जसले जीवनको निरर्थकतालाई दर्शाउँदछ। मानिस आफ्नो ईच्छा विपरीत आउँदछ यो सन्सारमा र जान्छ पनि त्यसरी नै। तर बाँचुन्जेल कुण्ठित भएर यस अस्तित्वहीन सन्सारमा अस्तित्वकै खोजीमा छटपटाई रहन्छ। शिरीषको फूल पढीसकेपछि अचानक लागेर आएको थियो मलाई सकम्बरीको कथा पारीजातको जीवनकथा बाहेक अरु केही होइन। र सुयोगवीर शकंर लामीछाने बाहेक अरु कोही होइन। जसरी पारीजातको जीवन सघंर्षमा अल्झिएर अन्त्यमा शून्यतामा विलीन भएको छ, त्यसरी नै उनले सकम्बरीको जीवनकथालाई उपन्यासमा उतारेकी छिन।
    सामाजिक विसगंतीलाई आधार बनाएर लेखिएको यस उपन्यासमा जीवन विरोधी आवाज पाइन्छ। कथाको हरेक पात्र जीवन देखि निरास र कुण्ठित देखिन्छ भने मुर्दापनको आभास हरेकको कथनमा प्रष्ट झल्किन्छ। सकम्बरीको जीवन प्रतिको अमोह, उसको मृत्यु पछि सुयोगवीरको जीवन प्रतिको अमोह ले आखिर जीवनको निरसता बाहेक के नै दर्शाउँदछ र?
    वास्तवमा शिरीषको फूल उपन्यास न भएर जीवनको कटु सत्य, जसलाई हरेक मानिसले भोग्दा भोग्दै पनि बाँच्न खोजीरहेको हुन्छ, को यथार्थ हो। शुन्यता बाट शुरुवात भएको मानव जीवन आखिर अन्तयमा गएर शून्यमै विलीन हुन्छ। तर भावशून्य भई रित्तो खुशीमा छटपटाउन अनि नक्कली हाँसो हाँस्न सघंर्षरत हुन्छ मानिस। यही मूल सन्देश दिन खोजेको छ पारीजातको उपन्यास शिरीषको फूलले।

  3. I was really mad reading this novel

  4. नेक्सट किताव चाहिँ कुन पढ्दै हुनुहन्छ ।

  5. Really i have gone through this once ,it was in our syllabus of +2 .Really a gud novel.I still want to go through it once coz iam impressed by this novel.Really a gud novel.
    But i dont agree Lok sir above coz it dont make u crazy at all but it provides u the gud sense…Tells about life 0-0.My teacher told me that when parijat was writting this Novel ,she even didnot knew what she was writting..but finally that creation of her made her all over all..It is translated in english and teached in some colleges here in united states(as i too have heard from my teacher by in india)..really a gud novel…infact all should go once this novel to know life..which heils in extreme pangs and sorrows

  6. शायद तीनताका म सानै थिए । गोठाला जाँदा केही किताब पढ्ने बानी थियो । कतैबाट एउटा किताब हात लागेको थियो – “सिरिस को फूल” ।

    काकी भन्नु पर्ने एकजनाले सोध्नु भयो – “के पढेको त्यस्तोसँग ध्यानमग्न भएर ?”
    मैले जवाफ दिए – “उपन्यास !”
    वहाँले मलाई सम्झाउनु भयो – “यती सानै उमेरमा उपन्यास पढ्ने ! बिग्रेलास !! ”

    मैले काकीको कुरा सुरुमा त बुझेको थिइँन ।

    पढ्दै जान थालें अनी बिस्तारै बिग्रदैं जान थालेँ ।
    बाँच्ने रहरहरु अचानक हराएर गए । जीवनको कुनै मुल्य छैन जस्तो लागिरह्यो ।

    म त्यसको निक्कै दिनसम्म पनि बिग्रिरहेँ – भात्किरहेँ ।

  7. Hi everyone,
    I can just say wow! to this great novel. I would like to share it with non Nepali readers. Since it is known that there is an English translation which is used at the Mariland uni. could anybody link me to where and how I could have access to a copy of this English translation? thank you very much!

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