Lu by Nayan Raj Pandey:
One of the successful novels published in Nepali language, Loo depicts the life sketch of people of the Terai and touches the issues of their poverty, discrimination and tortures they face. The plot of the novel is set in the Terai, southern plain of Nepal near the Indian border. The novel by Nayan Raj Pandey is about the subalterns who are being excluded by the mainstream political force.
Lu follows a young boy named Elaiya, who supposedly dies right at the beginning of the novel. As the story unfolds, the readers are taken through the highs and lows of Elaiya’s life. Through the mischievous Elaiya, Nayan Raj Pandey deftly portrays the devastating storms (Lu) faced by the people living around the southern border of Nepal. Both heart wrenching and hilarious, this book highlights the issues of border encroachment, the meddling in the lives of people by Indian police forces and gangsters, issues concerning inter-religious marriages, economic struggles, draught and lu (hot wind). This is an eye-opener in many ways.