Compilation of short stories, Sushma Joshi's first book, is firmly rooted in the Nepali experience, especially of the past decade. Joshi does well in giving voice to these desires, drawing the reader in with poignant and humorous portrayals of the character's quests for fulfillment
A Sadhu predicts the end of the world. As the East and the West come together, a young boy longs to taste cheese. A monsoon thunderstorm awakens memories of a flood. A young man returns from India and encounters the new Buddha. And a hungry policeman steals some vegetable. Amidst desire, longing and the awareness of suffering, these stories ask the common question: what is the nature of existence? Why do we suffer? Can we ever fulfill the hunger of the human heart?