At the Teashop

by Keshab sigdel

At the teashop

They come every morning

For yet another cup of tea

After rounds of tea at their homes or elsewhere.

There is nothing special here:

Yes, Mithila vaujau
still remembers the etiquette of a business—

She’ll smile indiscriminately

To anyone

Who comes at her teashop

Except those days

When a customer picks up a paper

At the teashop

And recounts the news

Of the scarcity of LP gas,

Or increase in sugar price.


They come and talk their business,

Their new boss in the office,

Or the communist party in the government.

She has nothing to do with those talks

But she still loves them

Because she practices the business etiquette

To love things

That brings profit to her.



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Born on 11 July 1979 in Bardiya, Nepal, Mr. Keshab Sigdel is an MA, MPhil in English literature and has also studied law. Currently, he is the assistant professor of English at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He also works as the General Secretary of the Literary Association of Nepal, an organization of University teachers, and also the Vice President of the Society of Nepali Writers in English. He also active as a human rights activist and had worked as the National Vice President of Amnesty International in Nepal. His first anthology of poems "Samaya Bighatan" (Time Under Dissolution) was published in 2007 and and his recent publication is "Six Strings" (a joint anthology of poems in English). He is also the editor of "Of Nepalese Clay", a literary magazine of the Society of Nepali Writers in English. His literary works are included in University curriculum and school level text books in Nepal. He can be reached at

Last updated June 24, 2015