Palpasa Cafe (पल्पसा क्याफे) is a novel by Nepali author Narayan Wagle. It tells the story of an artist, Drishya, during the height of the Nepalese Civil War. The novel is partly a love story of Drishya and the first generation American Nepali, Palpasa, who has returned to the land of her parents after 9/11. It is often called an anti-war novel and describes the effects of the civil war on the Nepali countryside that Drishya travels to.
The book has been a best-seller in Nepal, creating a sales record for a Nepali book of 25,000 copies in the first year. It was Wagle’s first book. Since its release, the book has received many honours including the highly prestigious literary award in Nepal, the Madan Puraskar. After Palpasa Cafe, Wagle has written another best-selling book, Mayur Times.
The book was written originally in Nepali and was later translated into English and Korean. The book has sold over 52,000 copies as of July 2012. Palpasa Cafe has officially become the first Nepali novel available in Kindle, it also comes in various portable and ebook formats like mobipocket and pdf.