Mahendranagar- Nar Bahadur Saud's happiness knows no bounds after receiving Nepal's most prestigious literary award, Madan Puraskar, for a book that he wrote in a bedridden state.
The 48-year-old Saud's 'Nepal Ka Balinali Ra Tinko Digo Kheti' (Agricultural Crops of Nepal and Their Sustainable Farming) has been chosen as the recipient of this year's coveted award.
"I am extremely happy," he said, "my hard work was recognized, a book from the far west was selected and a book about farming was finally given due recognition."
A road accident two decades ago left Saud paralysed from the waist down. Wheel-chair bound, he had been working on the book for the last 10 years. Saud graduated in agriculture from Palampur in India and started work as an officer in the National Agriculture Research Council. He was working as a Technical Officer of Dairy Development Corporation before the accident.
Saud is writing a book about mushroom farming now. "Every farmer should be given basic education on agriculture," he says. Saud lives with his parents and sisters 10km north of Dhangadi. His wife, who left for her parent's home after Saud's accident, hasn't come back. Saud's win has delighted his parents too. Saud's father said: "He used to write day and night. He has made us proud."