Tashi Chophel

How to collect a folk tale


Rachna Books is proud to announce the release of 
‘How to Collect a Folk Tale’ –  a debut collection of poems by

Tashi Chophel.

About the book

“I love the upward movement of Tashi’s poems where mountainscape merges into skyscape so smoothly, where mortals and immortals meet and merge with ease — stories that are told with a non-threatening masculinity that brings Sikkim home for me.”
Easterine Kire

“It is Chophel’s wry, revelatory portraits that grip one’s attention. His exploration of his roots — by way of droll mythopoeia, a pointing up of cultural vanities where the local is refracted through migrant cultures — is accomplished. He keeps an ironic, but never supercilious, distance, and takes us to the heart of lives in this rewarding debut.”
Robin S. Ngangom

“In Tashi Chophel’s poems one encounters a most interesting cast of characters. One, almost expectedly, breathes the mountain air. But it is these characters, with remarkable personal histories, that one remembers. So precise is Chophel’s way with words that we we even remember the person whose hair sticks to their teeth. I read it like one does a novel.”
Sumana Roy

Indian Publication Date: 02 02 2020
ISBN: 978-81-89602-11-6
Pages: 100
Subjects: Poetry, Folklore, History, Philosophy

about the Author


Tashi Chophel is a poet, writer and a bureaucrat based in Sikkim. He is an avid history buff and loves takin jaunts in the mountains. This is his first book of poems.


Jeewan Theeng Marg, Development Area
Gangtok, Sikkim


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