‘The Prisoner’ is written by famous Nepali short story writer, Nawal Silwal, who is also a senior police officer. In his stories, Mr. Silwal presents the absurd side of human life and advocates humanity. For this purpose, he foregrounds the plight of security personnel, rebels, ordinary people, and the injured victims of the Maoist-Government war. ‘The stories of Nawal Silwal,’ writes Prof. Mohanraj Sharma, ‘are capable of drawing a realistic picture of present day absurdities.’ Silwal successfully weaves the real characters of society into his stories when he writes in an effort to share his feelings and experiences. Taken from his Nepali collection of short stories, Aasthako Pahad, ‘The Prisoner’ presents the piteous condition of a soldier who has fallen into the hands of rebels. Translated by Ram C. Khatri, the story protests war through a striking monologue of an old woman. The surprise ending raises hope for humanity.