Nepal experienced an earthquake so powerful and horrific that it changed the lives of millions of Nepalis in just a matter of few minutes on 25 April 2015. Lives were lost, buildings turned to debris, and hopes turned to fear. 25th April 2015 still feels like a nightmare. The thought of its occurrence makes us shudder in fright; a black day for the citizens of Nepal. Four years down the line, there are so many stories that remain unknown. Kampan confronts the readers with those stories.

Kampan will exhilarate you, fill you in on the lives of the affected, and will act as a ray of hope for the despairing hearts. The book is divided into six segments making it unputdownable. In these six stages, I have penned down riveting interviews and stories of several people whose lives were affected in different measures but have one thing in common – resilience.

These are the stories of battles that were either lost or won. These are the stories of people who faced the ordeals with valor. The book also comprises of my own experience of the earthquake and my life-changing encounters during my visits to the remote areas as a volunteer.

An enthralling read from cover to cover, Kampan was launched by former prime ministers of Nepal Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr. Baburam Bhattarai. Speaking at the program, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said, “Kampan is a book to ponder upon, a book that every Nepali must read. The gruesome experiences of the affected people might make you uncomfortable but it’s a book that promises to strengthen your emotions and inspire you to become prepared.”

The former ministers were motivated by the book and were happy to be in the presence of people who were there to lend their support too. Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful book renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and tells the story of people who have triumphed the defeat and are now continuing to live more meaningful lives.

To research Kampan, I traveled to Nepal where I met with and interviewed the affected locals. I was in Nepal when the second major earthquake shook the country on May 12th, 2015.

 It is a book that will inspire the readers, and show the world that Nepal is truly a phoenix; it keeps rising from the ashes despite the setbacks.


  • Kishor Panthi



    Kishor Panthi is an investigative journalist born in Nepal and resides in New York. He writes about issues involving social issues, immigration, and politics. He is editor in chief of Khasokhas Weekly, New York-based Nepali weekly newspaper and the first accredited Nepali journalist by US Department of State. He is an anchor, host and US representative for ABC Television Nepal. He is the primary host of the ABC Television (Nepal) talk show 'Talk of the Town USA'.