Wake Up Ali: New novel claims to honestly tell stories of migrants from Nepal


Wake Up Ali…Wake Up Now by Sumit Sharma Sameer launches in Kathmandu on Friday, August 12, 2022.

Wake Up Ali… Wake Up Now, a novel by Sumit Sharma Sameer, was launched in Kathmandu on Friday August 12 as part of a ceremony.

Author Sameer says his novel is an honest account of migrants from Nepal. “I wanted to communicate the stories of our time, the stories that I feel are important and that need to be told. The stories of so many Alis need to be spelled out,” he says, “Migration has been a permanent feature since the rise of human civilization. It has accelerated in our time. This acceleration has brought various opportunities to humanity, but has nonetheless dismantled the very fabrics of our lives. I had always wanted to write something about this very constructive and destructive process linking South Asia into a single thread that could help produce many more stories.

Renowned Nepali author Buddhisagar believes that the inner journey, self-exploration, and protagonist realization are three strengths of the books. “The book is not just about migration, but rather has deep philosophical significance.”

Saguna Shah, author and founder of bOOkahOlics, explains that Wake Up Ali explores the human psyche by exploring the constraints of relationships and desires. “The content is far beyond the concerns of migrant workers their status quo and their struggle in a foreign country, but also an internal journey of a protagonist. The book is about an awakening of the protagonist.

Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk, said: “This is the story of a migrant from South Asia. The number of Nepalese migrating to South Asia has doubled in the past five years and I am struck by the quality with which the writer has portrayed the migrant story. But it is also a universal story, the story of each of us. Each of us is a traveler in our own struggle.

Nepali Congress Secretary General Gagan Thapa says Wake Up Ali is a sociological fiction. “It’s about social structure, human relationships and individual relationships with society. It is a story of migrants.

The book was earlier published in Nepali under the title Prawas two years ago and has been translated by Sushrut Acharya into English.

The English version, Wake Up Ali… Wake Up Now, was published in 2022 by Delhi-based Vitasta Publishing.

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