Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spiritual in a changing society. With assurance and unsentimental wisdom, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. Here are husbands and wives bound together by arranged marriages but sometimes driven elsewhere by an intense desire for connection and transcendence. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines idenity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society.
Psychologically rich and astonishingly acute, Arresting God in Kathmandu has established Upadhyay as one of the earliest and most succesful Nepali authors writing in English.
With a masterful narrative style, fascinating characterizations, and precise description, Samrat Upadhyay shows us compelling clashes of the spiritual versus the termporal and carnal. -Lan MacMillan
Upadhyay invites us to participate in intense passions of quirky and imaginative individuals and couples in these wonderful stories full of irony, compassion, wisdom, and wit. Read him and you will learn about Nepal as well as yourself -Josip Novakovich