Author(s): Prajwal Parajuly
A Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West; a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma; a Gurkha's daughter tries to comprehend her father's complaints.
These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of both 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.
Shortlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize 2013.
'Crisp, inventive and insightful ... Marvellous' Guardian. '[An] accomplished debut collection ... A distinctive talent' Financial Times. 'Equally moving stories, the author takes us effortlessly inside the lives of the families in this remote ancient kingdom and its diaspora' Daily Mail.
Prajwal Parajuly - the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother - divides his time between New York and Oxford, England, but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Indian Himalayas, at every opportunity. Parts of The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories were written while he was a writer-in-residence at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
The Cleft. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. A Father's Journey. Missed Blessing. No Land Is Her Land. The Gurkha's Daughter. Passing Fancy. The Immigrants.