Gurkha’s Daughter, collection of short stories by a young Nepali speaking writer, Prajwal Parajuly, has been released in London in January. The book has been published by Quercus, a renowned publishing company of the UK.
Altogether 8 short stories in the book portray clear picture of culture, way of living, perspective and problems of Nepali speaking people. The stories touch the heart of the Nepali speaking people whether they are living in their native land: Nepal, India and Bhutan or are dispersed Diaspora. The language is clear, simple and understandable to people of all background.
Nepali speaking immigrants, who meet at Manhattan, expose how unrealistic is the visa process of the USA which also applies to the UK. The tear-jerking story of the Bhutanese refugees, who are living in the refugee camps, the tradition of sacrifice during the religious festival, a servant girl Kaali’s yearning to flee Nepal, Munnu’s sticky situation are some of the attention grabbing stories. The stories illustrate the dreams and difficulties of Nepalese scattered in many countries around the globe. These are the stories which every Nepali feels and experiences as if it has happened in their personal life.
Clear depiction of Nepali speaking people of South Asia and Nepali Diaspora in crisp, spick and span language is appreciative and makes this a remarkably readable book especially for those who have interests in the dispersed Diaspora Nepali community in Europe and the USA.
When I asked him why did he choose to write about Nepali speaking people, Parajuly said: ‘’when I left job, I travelled to Kathmandu, Pokhara of Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, UK, USA and Africa and then there was nothing to do, so I decided to write. “What to do when there was no job?” he said adding, so I wrote. He said: “I was writing of my own world, for my own people. If I want to write, I just want to write story, simple fiction of the people I know. This is what I did.’’
Indian edition of this book has also been published from India which he describes has got ‘very encouraging response from the readers in India and Nepal.’’
Part of the book was written when he was writer in residence and some was written in Manali and remaining in Gangtok, his home town in Sikkim. Born in Gangtok, Sikkim in India, Nepali speaking Prajwal is the son of an Indian father and a Nepali mother. Parajuly, 28, has completed postgraduate degree in creative writing from Oxford University. He was a writer-in-residence at Truman State University in America and also worked as an Advertising Executive at “The Village Voice” in New York.
“Prajwal blends rich colour and vernacular to paint an eye-opening picture of a unique world and its people,” the publisher Quercus describes the book which is completely without a shadow of a doubt.