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The Extraordinary Journey of Jhamak Ghimire

In the sphere of Nepali literature, Jhamak Ghimire is a highly esteemed figure. Ghimire’s name became well-known after she was awarded the Madan Prize in 2067 B.S. for her self-contained essay “Jeevan Kanda Ki Phool.” The journey of Jhamak Ghimire into the literary world has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Early Life

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire was born on July 5, 1980, in the village of Kachide in the Dhankuta Municipality of the Dhankuta District. Jhamak Kumari Ghimire is the oldest of four daughters. Her parents are Krishna Prasad and Asa Devi Ghimire. Congenital cerebral palsy, spastic paralysis, and other problems prevented her from using her arms, slurred her speech, and limited her movements. Her parents not allow her to attend school or engage in other activities that people without disabilities can engage in.

Early Life of Jhamak Ghimire
Early Life of Jhamak Ghimire

When she was seven years old, her sisters went to school. She, however, played with rocks and mud, writing on the mud with her toes. Despite her intense desire to read and write, her parents confined her to her house. They also took away her independence and her desire to write. Jhamak Kumari Ghimire’s journey towards literature was inspired by these negative habits of the people around her.

Beginning of the Journey

At the age of 19, she started penning poems, literary songs, diary entries and novels. She also wrote essays that portrayed social realities, discriminatory practices, and powerful messages intended to change the harsh society into one that was devoid of prejudice and conventional wisdom. A Kantipur Daily employee caught her notice during this difficult period. Govinda Raj Bhattarai, a local politician, encouraged her to create literature for publication. 

Jiwan Kaada ki Phool

Her outstanding invention, “Jiwan Kaada ki Phool,” her autobiography, won her the most prestigious Madan Puraskar of 2010. Her work Jiwan Kaada ki Phool describes the struggles that an individual with a physical impairment must endure. She expertly depicts the discrimination she faced from both society and other people in the novel. It is heartwarming to see the wordless emotions she experienced over various stages of her life. Her will to live and make a difference in spite of her impairment is inspiring. Her style of writing and language utilization are excellent. The book is incredibly motivating. It conveys the idea that nothing is impossible for a determined person, who has a strong will, and has faith in themselves.

August 28, 2019 saw the premiere of the trailer for Nepali director Binod Bista’s film Jeevan Kada Ki Phool. It pays homage to Jhamak Kumari Ghimire, one of the country’s greatest writers. Ghimire’s biography serves as the basis for the film. It also bears the same name as the gifted author’s book.

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire
Jhamak Kumari Ghimire

Awards and Notable Works

She was bestowed numerous awards, including the Kabita Ram Bal Sahitya Prativa Puraskar 2055, the Aswikrit Bichar Sahitya Puraskar 2056, and the Aswikrit Bichar Sahitya Andolan 2067.

Sankalpa, Aafnai Chita Agni Shikhatira, Manchhe Bhitraka Yoddhaharu, Naulo Pratibimba, Samjhanaka Bachhitah, and Awasan Pachhiko Aagaman are among the works in her literary collection. 

Bottom Line

She currently writes columns for the newspaper in Kantipur. She uses her left foot when writing, and her unwavering courage and persistence are the sources of all her masterpieces. 

The extraordinary journey of Jhamak Ghimire encourages others to be determined for what they want in life and serves as an example for everyone. The most important thing a person needs to learn from her life is that nothing is impossible for someone with a strong will.

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