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Prajwal Parajuly's Bestseller ‘Gurkha’s Daughter’ in Nepali now

GANGTOK : Bestseller ‘Gurkha’s Daughter’ by Sikkimese writer Prajwal Parajuly is back in the bookshelves once again, but this time, it has undergone a language makeover. The book has been translated in Nepali, making it more accessible to the Gorkha community all over. Titled ‘Gorkhali Chori’, the book published by Quercus, an independent publishing house based in London consists of eight short stories that capture realities of the Nepali speaking population in Nepal, India and beyond. The Nepali translation has been done by BC Sharma and Sarala Bhattarai, parents of Prajwal, the 29-year-old writer from Gangtok. He is currently residing in London is touted as the next big thing in South Asian fiction. He is originally from Kalimpong, however, grew up in Gangtok, while his mother is from Nepal. 

The talented writer identifies himself as a Nepali-speaking Indian writer writing in English. He’s also the first Indian to be selected in the University of Oxford’s highly selective Creative Writing Master’s. Prajwal, for his writing in the ‘Gurkha’s Daughter,’ was talked about by various international book critics and publishing houses. In ‘The Asian Review of Books, Nigel Collett called ‘Gurkha's Daughter’ a "promising debut", adding “Parajuly gets deep under the skin of his characters to reveal the often very difficult circumstances in which they live. I am aware of no other writer in English who has so vividly brought to life the dilemmas and constrictions of daily Nepalese life. The effect is poignant". Lex Limbu, the number one Nepalese blogger of UK said "Parajuly paints colourful landscapes of a world that forever has remained in the background. A world that made sense in the stereotype. A world whose characters come out of their small roles and make the starring ones their own. He brings to life the dreams, the everyday, the aspirations, the failures, love, the differences that add and the ones that remove." Meanwhile, ‘The Lady’ magazine gave three stars to the collection, saying they were, "Stylistically reminiscent of Raymond Carver, while at the same time opening a door on to an unfamiliar world”. John Garth in The Guardian has written a long approving review of the book.
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