This is a meet-the-author event with Parjwal Parajuly, a Nepali-Indian Author whose first book The Gurkha’s Daughter was a collection of short stories about Nepali speaking people and their culture.
Land where I flee is his first novel which will be published early next year. The book will be available on Amazon in Jan.
The format of the session will be a Q&A with the Author followed by discussion on Nepal it’s people and Nepali books.
You can choose to read one or both of his books. The topic for this session will be drawn from both of his books.
About Land where I flee
To commemorate Chitralekha Nepauney’s Chaurasi – her landmark 84th birthday – Chitralekha’s grandchildren are travelling to Gangtok to pay their respects. Agastaya is flying in from New York. Although a successful oncologist at only thirty-three he is dreading his family’s inquisition into why he is not married, and terrified that the reason for his bachelordom will be discovered. Joining him are Manasa and Bhagwati, coming from London and Colorado respectively. One the Oxford-educated achiever; the other the
disgraced eloper – one moneyed but miserable; the other ostracized but optimistic.
All three harbour the same dual objective: to emerge from the celebrations with their grandmother’s blessing and their nerves intact: a goal that will become increasingly impossible thanks to a mischievous maid and a fourth, uninvited guest.
About the Gurkha's daughter ...
A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal; a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma; a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West; a Gurkha's daughter tries to comprehend her father's complaints; two young Nepali-speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan.
These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora - the people whose culture and language is Nepalese but who are dispersed to India, Bhutan and beyond.
From every perspective and on every page, Prajwal Parajuly blends rich colour and vernacular to paint an eye-opening picture of a unique world and its people
About the Author ..
Parajuly grew up in the Gangtok, Sikkim region of northeastern India. His father is Indian Nepalis and his mother Nepalese. After graduation, Parajuly moved to New York City and worked as an advertising executive for The Village Voice. Parajuly recalled in a November
2010 interview with República when he picked up a newspaper in his native Nepali
Imagine my shock and confusion when I picked a Nepali paper and took more time than I
ever had to read a paragraph. It had been close to ten years since I last
thought of the three different types of ‘Sas’ (the letter). I was forgetting my
own language. It was a sad feeling – this realization that Nepali was gradually
slithering into the background of my life. Couple that with not having written
anything creatively for a long time, and you knew a book recipe had to be
brewing in there somewhere.
Parajuly left his job in 2009 and began visiting communities across South Asia, Great Britain and the United States influenced by refugees from Bhutan, seeking to tell their
stories. While working on his first compilation of short stories, he gained acceptance into Oxford University's creative writing Masters programme. In a 2012 interview with Oxford Today, Parajuly said that his writing the compilation, "stemmed from a dead-end job, looking at myself in the mirror with self-loathing"
In September 2011, Quercus Books created attention in international publishing circles by securing the rights to Parajuly's two first books: the short-story collection The Gurkha's
Daughter: Stories and the novel Land Where I Flee. Quercus editor-in-chief Jon Riley said of Parajuly's work: "The colour and intensity of Prajwal Parajuly's language, and the world he peoples his work with, make him an astonishingly accomplished young writer
and one we are excited to be publishing." At the time, Parajuly was the youngest writer signed by Quercus, and also the youngest Indian to achieve a multi-national book deal.
Newspapers across South Asia, notably The Times of India, have lauded Parajuly's early work, while other media outlets are referring to him as the "next big thing in South Asian fiction.".