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"The Half-closed Eyes of the Buddha and the Slowly Sinking Sun" by Shankar Lamichhane is a stream of consciousness narrative that delves into the thoughts and observations of a tourist guide and a foreign tourist in Kathmandu Valley. The story encompasses various themes, including the initial impression of the valley, the indebtedness of the West to the East, the interpretation of monk and nun gazes, admiration for the Nepali people, the coexistence of different communities, the significance of the temple of Adinath, a visit to a remote village, the perception of the doctor by the innocent couple, the differences between a paralyzed child and his sister, and the portrayal of poverty. The author employs a unique narrative technique, integrating fragments of narration into a cohesive whole. Historical and legendary references are woven into the story, adding depth and significance. The recurring motif of eyes, including those of the monks, windows, Himalayas, the paralyzed boy, welcoming villagers, and the half-closed eyes of the Buddha, contributes to the overall unity of the story.

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