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The Smallest Book Published

New Record in Literature book-work in Nepal

Swagat Nepal

Kathmandu, 13 March 2016

If you are asked which book is the smallest one published in Nepal? Without any hesitation you can answer straightly The GAABHAA (Glumes).

the smallest book in between Two fingers

The smallest book in between Two fingers

Yes, The GAABHAA (Glumes) is the smallest book published from Nepal. The author of the book is Sunil Puri.

His fresh and innovative book-work GAABHAA (Glumes) is in Japanese poetic form haiku written in Nepalese language. Haiku itself is a dreadfully petite form of poetry. That’s why he might have preferred the smallest size for bringing it out.

By the volume the book is in 1 cm ✕ 1.5 cm length and breadth accordingly.  We all are acquainted with haiku composed with three lines and consisting 5, 7 and 5 characters respectively. But, it is theorized in two traditions. First one is ‘cutting’ theory which is acknowledged as kiru in Japanese tongue. In this standard the creations are frequently represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas.

Similarly, the next one is not only the ‘cutting’ but ‘Cutting word’ which is called Kireji in Japanese literature. This is chiefly based on verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.

In this formation of GAABHAA, haiku poet Sunil Puri has completed an out-and-out as well an appropriate path of using both of those theories that has exclusively ended the book as a perfect.

‘Why the book is in this anomalous size?’  We asked him

Writer Sunil Puri showing his book

Writer Sunil Puri showing his book

Puri with his marvelously composed teeth and smiley face makes a confession, ‘For not only because of a record keeping comportment but also for the nature of the creation haiku stipulated the size in its composition.’

Yes, off course he sought to establish a history in Nepal to come with an exemplary book-work so he did it. But, the crazy publisher!  Who is s/he? Simply as in the time of Bhanu Bhakta and contemporary then, His wife Suranjana Puri is the publisher.  But, a point is there. It is printed by “Shabdaghar”.

why not?, the book is printed by SHABDAGHAR publication, as well a publisher alias Prollash Sindhuliya, also a renowned poet is excited enough.

Marking to the smallest book publishing scheme Sindhuliya added that the history in Nepali book publication sector is not conical but has turned out to extensive.

Poet and publisher Prollash Sindhuliya

Poet and publisher Prollash Sindhuliya

He said, ‘Most of the colossal things are through in a just way. Nevertheless, apparently, this simple thing to put out the book in a negligible shape was extremely hard-hitting.’

According to him at the present in first phase the book GAABHAA (Glumes) is published 1000 copies.

It’s worth is rated 25 NPR. More interestingly the forwards is presented by laureate Prof. Dr. Ram Kumar Pandey that is also in Haiku form.

How possible ! the cover is also well-designed with back-cover photo of Mr. Puri.

Poet Subid Guragain in response extracted that Sunil is evergreen extra writer.

Poet Subid Guragain

Poet Subid Guragain

According to him Sunil, by no means, minds concerning his own career but goes for the literary enrichment.

Guragain also expressed his contentment on the new history of literary book publication.

‘ It happens, Guragain makes fun, ‘ This is what the story demands.’

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