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No Smoke From the Chimneys – Four Levels of Interactions | Flax Golden Tales

No Smoke From the Chimneys – Four Levels of Interactions | Flax-Golden Tales

No Smoke From the Chimneys - four levels

No Smoke From the Chimneys – Siddhicharan Shrestha (1912-1992) – Translated by Michael Hutt

Literal Comprehension

The original poem ‘Dhunwa Niskadaina’ is composed by Siddhicharan Shrestha and Michel Hutt has translated it into the English version. It is a political poem. The poem describes the time of Nepalese people who were struggling for democracy against the Rana rule. The poem shows the painful condition of revolution. People are seriously injured. The blood is flowing from the broken head. But nobody has the time to mot up (clean) the blood because everybody is engaged in the revolution. He says that nobody can detain (stop) the advancing feet. He also requests to the death not to call him because he has to struggle for democracy. Finally, he says that it is not the time for the blandishments (pleasant things) rather it is the time to cancel even meals and struggle against Ranas for democracy.


The poem may be trying to show the importance of revolution against injustice and domination during the time of the Rana regime. People were suffered from social injustice, domination, discrimination. Their rights were restricted. They didn’t have freedom. So, they struggled even canceling their meals and blandishments.

Critical Thinking

Although the poem encourages the people to struggle against injustice, domination, discrimination, there are some points in the poem with which I don’t agree. The poet requests to death not to call him. Can death hear human’s requests? The poet also says that he doesn’t have the time to mop up (to clean) blood from a broken head during the time of the revolution. How can we ignore to the injured persons? Can we struggle to cancel meals?


After reading the poem, I remembered the people movement II which took place continuously for 19 days from 2062 Chaitra 24 to 2063 Baishakh 11. That movement was launched against the autocracy of King Gyanendra. Many people sacrificed their life while others were severely injured. People forgot their family members, cancel their meals and devoted themselves to the movement II.

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