Five years after its first publication, I had received the novelette Sydney Sapana directly from its author, Sanu Ghimire Jyotsana, at the Max Webber Library in Blacktown, Sydney. This heartfelt book is dedicated to all Nepali students who have chosen or will choose Australia as their destination for education and a prosperous life.
Translated as “Sydney Dream” in English, the title itself offers a glimpse into the thematic essence of the story. The cover art portrays a spirited young woman standing against the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the cool ocean breeze playing with her hair as twilight casts a warm glow. This evocative image immediately entices any curious reader to delve into its pages.
The narrative follows the journey of Sristi, a young woman, through 16 meticulously crafted chapters. From the outset, the novella captivates with its intriguing plot and artistic expression, holding the reader’s attention until the very last word. Sristi’s path becomes our own as we experience her every emotion and accompany her on her voyage.
As a college student, the reader navigates vibrant Sydney locales like Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower, Town Hall, and train stations. Amidst the spectacular urban scenery, poignant moments arise as Sristi reminisces about her family and home in Nepal, which makes readers emotional.
A perceptive and empathetic protagonist, Sristi introduces us to the struggles of Nepali families and the challenges faced by students in Sydney. The narrative delves into complex societal issues including family breakdowns, adultery, sex work, exploitation, relationships, and friendships.
The narrative also explores the passionate love, as the reader joins Sristi on a journey of pain, conflict, and uncertainty. Through poetry, she finds solace and healing for wounds inflicted by so-called friends and lovers who were left behind at critical junctures.
In moments of uncertainty, the reader witnesses the ramifications of impulsive decisions, such as marrying someone significantly older and established. Sristi endures heart-wrenching pain and trauma due to marital rape and domestic violence, shedding light on these distressing yet crucial issues.
Take a copy of Sydney Sapana and immerse yourself in Sristi’s journey. It takes you on an engaging exploration of landscapes ranging from Brisbane to Melbourne, leaving you in imagination.
Without revealing the entirety of the story, I wholeheartedly encourage you to acquire a copy of Sydney Sapana and immerse yourself in Sristi’s journey. This narrative takes you on an engaging exploration of landscapes ranging from Brisbane to Melbourne, leaving you in imagination.
The author cleverly weaves magic into every chapter through vivid descriptions, well-timed thrills, and unexpected twists. The story flows like the Yarra River—a reflection of women’s nature: tranquil, serene, at times wild and unpredictable, but always moving forward. It would not be surprising to see this novelette adapted into a movie one day.
Congratulations and best wishes to Sanu, the author, for your upcoming literary endeavors.
Book Title: Sydney Sapana (English Translation: Sydney Dream)
Author: Sanu Ghimire Jyotsana
Publisher: Sangrila Books, Kathmandu, Nepal
Published Year: 2075 BS
Price: NRs 295.00