Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota (1909-1959) is one of the most eminent poets of modern Nepal. He has composed epics like Shakuntala and Sulochana, and several long narrative poems such as Muna-Madan, Maina, Mayavini Sarsi and others. Besides poetry, he also excelled at personal essays that have been collected in Laxmi Nibandha Sangraha and Dadimko Rukhanera. In addition to this, he has also written several plays, mostly lyrical ones, and one-act plays besides a novel titled Champa. Many of his short-stories have been collected under the title Laxmi Katha Sangraha. He started the tradition of writing originally in English and of translating Nepali works into English. His vision, imagination and mastery over the language lift him to unsurpassed literary eminence.
Muna-Madan narrates the story of every Nepali house from which a male character leaves for a foreign country with the dream of making enough money to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the family. Madan, the protagonist of this narrative written in jhyaure folk meter, decides to try his luck in Lhasa from where he does not make it back home on time to avoid a family tragedy.