The Royal Ghosts: Stories by Samrat Upadhyay

royal-ghostsWhile Samrat Upadhyay’s latest short story collection, The Royal Ghosts: Stories, offers no happy endings, few feel-good moments, and hardly any contented characters, it is most undoubtedly an enticing book to savor and reread for all the nuances you might have missed the first time around.

In each of Upadhyay’s three works – including his two previous titles, the luminous debut short-story collection Arresting God in Kathmandu (2001) and the quietly desperate novel The Guru of Love (2003) – Upadhyay writes unflinchingly about displacement and deprivation in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu.

The city’s unpredictable upheavals are as much a character in his stories as the actual people he writes about.

Although the book’s title comes specifically from the final story with the same name, each of the nine stories in The Royal Ghosts is filled with characters who are haunted by loss.

The collection opens with “A Refugee,” in which a family of three takes in a newly widowed woman and her young daughter after the husband is brutally murdered by Maoist rebels. … [click here for more]

Reviews: Christian Science Monitor, March 21, 2006

TBR‘s Contributing Editors’ Favorite Reads of 2006: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things … in Print, That Is …,” The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2006

Tidbit: Upadhyay was a guest at SALTAF 2006 (South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival), a much-anticipated, highly-attended annual fall event sponsored by the Smithsonian APA Program and NetSAP-DC.

Readers: Adult

Published: 2006


Filed under ..Adult Readers, .Short Stories, Nepali, Nepali American, South Asian, South Asian American

8 responses to “The Royal Ghosts: Stories by Samrat Upadhyay

  1. krissnp

    A great book indeed.

    • terryhong

      Have you discovered Samrat’s Arresting God in Kathmandu? I think that’s one of my favorite short story collections ever! Recommend it highly.

      Thanks for visiting the blog. Come back soon!

      • Yes. I have raed that too.
        I have also published two books. The last one was ‘The underclass lover’.
        It was nice to meet you. Your own story and your love for books is very interesting. I too try to make my sons read more. The electronic equipments are a perennial distraction for them.

        • terryhong

          City Women and the Ghost Writer, as well as The Underclass Lover. Found you! I guess that electronic equipment is good for us old folks, too!

          I have one reader, the other not so much. The kids do use some of that electronic equipment to “read” — lots of books on iPods and Kindles. But give me the old-fashioned paper and glue kind any day!

  2. Meeting Terry Hong was serendipitous. She is a real charmer and her writing is remarkable. Working with her could be a learning experience.
    God bless her.

    • terryhong

      Hmmm … who’s the charmer? Okay, I give … who ARE you, oh mysterious author of two books with electronically attached sons?

  3. Thanks Terry. May be if you porvide me your mailing address, I will send you a book of mine, you may discover that I am an ordinary person making some notes about the life around. I have no email ID either, of you.

  4. Pingback: Buddha’s Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay | BookDragon

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