Thirty-year-old, Jhamak Kumari Ghimire, a handcapped writer, has bagged this year’s Madan Puraskar, Nepal’s most prestigious award in literature , for her autobiography ‘Jeevan Kaanda ki Phool’ that means Life Flower or Thorn. Last year the This prize was given to other handicapped writer ,Nar Bahadur Saud of Baitadi last year on his contribution to the agricultural development by writing book Nepalka Balinali Ra Tinko Digo Kheti (Crops in Nepal and their sustainable cultivation).
Likewise, the Madan Puraskar Guthi has decided to honour poet Durgalal Shrestha with the Jagadamba Shree award for his contribution to the Nepali literature. Shrestha is the lyricist of popular song ‘Phool ko Aankha maa Phoolai Sansara’, which was sung by Aani Chhoying Dolma.
The awards would be conferred on Ghimire and Shrestha amid a special function in Patan, Lalitpur later in September on the day of Ghatshthapana .
Miss Jhamak Kumari was born with a severe disability that has prevented her from using her arms, and suffers from limited movement of her body and slurred speech. Born with cerebral palsy, a group disorder that affects the functions of the brain and the nervous system she proved her as differently abled .
Jhamak kumari with her book
Using her toes to write, she trod into the Nepali literature with the start of new millennium at the age of 19.
She has penned many anthologies of poems, stories and essays besides regularly contributing to newspapers as a columnist.