Kathmandu: Anbika Giri’s children novel ‘Meri Didi’ has been released amid a program in Kathmandu.
Mayor of Kageshwari Manohara Municipality Krishna Hari Thapa and former Prime Minister and Chairman of Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) Federal Council Dr. Baburam Bhattarai jointly released the book.
According to the author, the book tries to explore gender bias from a male perspective with the storyline of a bond between siblings. The lead character Kamal tries to find out why his sister (Aasha) is failing in school whereas she is too in household chores
“It shows household chores are imposed on girls and discouraged in school,” said Giri. “The story is a most common story in Nepali society as household work is still considered women’s work.”
The unique side of this book is it brings a male perspective and helps young boys to explore gender-based discrimination with empathy, she added.
The novel is published by Sangri~la Books.