Belief Belied from VeRtex was Published in ' The New Paper' 
Review on Vertex in Nepali weekly ' Pravat Kiran' by  Devi Prashad Adhikari 
Publisher of Vertex ' Challphal Chautari' claimed that 
Vertex is the most sold book among books
 published in Dhading, it broke all the records 
selling more than six hundreds pieces
with in three days of it's release. 
'Red Kurtha Wali' from VeRtex was published in "Indo Asian Express" 
 

'Character' from VeRtex was published in 'Indo Asian Express' 
                                             
Voices of Adolescences and Moral Crises

Reading Ganesh Aagam Dhungana a couple of years back was reading about a budding village talent who would engage his readers in lovely rustic images. Themes of love would appear too, but they would be innocent, about a child’s love for parents, teachers, and of course the nation. Soon, the reading shifted to a young dreamer’s ambitions – ambitions about a clean and morally upright society and a glorious nation. Dreams too were about serious educational pursuits, good friendship and clean, drug-free and uncorrupt self and friend circle.

Reading Ganesh Aagam today is however a different story. It is a tale of an exuberant youth at the peak of his teen. It is about ambitions and aspirations of a furnace-like adolescent, already in the lover’s stage beyond the whining school boy’s reluctant moves with his satchels. It is reading about a rustic mind coming face to face with the intricate metropolis with all of its radiance and grandeur. It is a motion forward from crude scribbling on village stone tablets to desktops, from whistling down the lane from the hills of Muralibhangyang to the use of cell phones and computers, from innocently shying countenance to ‘Protection’.

Ganesh, therefore, engages in post-modern themes. The crisis of morality, perhaps, is the most poignant theme of his stories. This crisis of morality is characteristic of adolescence, and also of those who are facing the global world right now. His undertone, however, is corrective. He suggestions restrain and patience, and signals the young minds to come back to their responsible tracks.

‘Diana’ is about a commonplace experience culminating in an uncommon end. Diana, a Korean volunteer whines away at the narrator’s first proposal of love. Gradually, she accepts and the two have romantic times together. Later, when she is really serious about the relation, the narrator is shaken back to reason by his ambitions and responsibilities. The relation ends in a misunderstanding. ‘Vertex’ dramatizes the inevitable nemesis that every rise is but doomed to face a fall. The story portrays an anxiety of ‘to be or not to be’ type, once again in relation with love affair, aided by ailment. The narrator, who initially hates Sami, comes to term with her, but once again in the end, he decides to reject all her calls and chooses to remain in seclusion, because he is cancerous, and is waiting for his last days.

‘First Date’ is a serious story about the borderline nature of human morals and ethics. Few people can resist blind drives for sex. ‘Red Kurtha Wali’ in its ‘Bollywood film make-up’ is a story of amateur pining. ‘Character’ puts a serious theme of untrustworthiness of present-day love bought and sold in the marketplace. It is about betrayal. ‘Am I?’ raises a moral question about ourselves, the essence of our morals and of our beings that we are compromising with, almost every day. ‘Believed’ too is about trusting and frustrating.

‘Commitment’ is perhaps the most serious of his stories. Though commonplace apparently, it puts the most innate of human weaknesses into play, juxtaposing it simultaneously with the most strong of human commitments. The underlying suggestion is that man is weak because he wants to be so. He can be strong if he takes his senses and strengthens his wills.

I am hopeful that the collection introduces a modern, highly updated and metropolis-inspired young writer writing for young adults. May his pen move on and on!

Mahesh Paudyal
Central Department of English
Tribhuvan University
Kathmandu
Email: mahesh.kathmandu@gmail.com

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