Palpasa Café sets record in Nepali publication

27 Aug 2005

‘Palpasa Café’, the debut novel by journalist Narayan Wagle, has created a new 'fastest selling' record in the Nepali book publication history. The second edition of the novel published by nepa-laya has already hit bookstores after 5,000 copies were sold out in the first month of its release in the end of July.

Book distributors and writers have regarded the sale of 5,000 copies in the first month followed by the arrival of the second edition in the first month itself as 'historical' in terms of book sales in Nepal.

"It is a matter of happiness for a Nepali writer that 5000 copies have been consumed in such a short time", says senior Novelist Dr Dhruva Chandra Gautam.
Publication Nepa-laya has felt itself honoured that its small contribution through the novel to Nepali book publication has helped create a new history in book sales apart from increasing readers' interest in a Nepali novel. On behalf of the Publication, Chief Executive Kiran Krishna Shrestha has expressed gratitude to the readers for showing such outstanding love and interest in a Nepali book.

"This (novel) has proved there is great potential for Nepali books in Nepal", says Anjan Bahadur Shrestha of Educational Books, one of the distributors of the Novel.

Book critics have said that the 245-page novel has been able to arouse enormous interest and satisfaction among the readers because it highlights contemporary issues facing the country. Analysts also say the author has depicted the country's present picture with an innovative approach which people are able to relate to their lives. Enthusiastic with the success gained by his debut novel, journalist Narayan Wagle, says that the response he has received from readers has been very encouraging.