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Authors, thinkers to grace ZEE JLF’s The British Library edition

With over 70 eminent authors and thinkers, the British Library here will be transformed into a literary platform as it hosts the first edition of ZEE JLF @The British Library this weekend.

To be held on May 20-21, the event would showcase South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage and highlight the festival’s global appeal.

ZEE JLF@The British Library is also the first of five cultural strands which form part of the Year of UK-India of Culture in 2017, celebrating the deep cultural ties and exchange between the two countries.

ZEE JLF@The British Library has unveiled the final list of authors who will grace the event which includes prominent writers and thinkers Arundhathi Subramaniam, Mihir S Sharma, Prajwal Parajuly, Meghnad Desai, Neel Madhav along with director Karan Johar and scientist Sharad Paul. Read more

Source: The Indian Express

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Prajwal Parajuly selects 10 incredible books by South Asian writers

The author of The Gurkha’s Daughter selects the following 10 books in a Huff  Post piece:

godMalgudi Days by RK Narayan

The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The Red Carpet by Lavanya Sankaran

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

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Kitaab Review: Land Where I Flee by Prajwal Parajuly

Land Where I Flee is a terrific read, says Aashnaa Seth.

Prajwal-Parajuly-Land-Where-I-FleeA woman osctracised for marrying beneath her caste, a closeted homosexual, a frustrated Oxford graduate taking care of her father-in-law, a fallen writer, a formidable grandmother, a eunuch servant and a white American. Welcome to Prajwal Parajuly’s debut novel Land Where I Flee. Think of it as a Jane Austen novel set in modern day Sikkim, except the characters are the cattiest fictional characters you have come across.

Prajwal Parajuly is a very talented writer. This was obvious from his collection of short stories, The Gurkha’s Daughter. In eight succinct stories, Prajwal gave us an insight into the world of Nepalis in India, Nepal and Bhutan. The book was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, became a bestseller and was received with critical acclaim. While some stories in The Gurkha’s Daughter like The Cleft and the title story are superior to others, the book was still an accomplished debut and deserved its success. Continue reading


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Review: Land Where I Flee by Prajwal Parajuly

Prajwal-Parajuly-Land-Where-I-FleeManjula Narayan reviews Land Where I Flee in The Hindustan Times

A nuanced book about family, about relationships and about people striving for individual freedom in a society that compels them to hide their innermost selves, Land Where I Flee has no black and white characters. The grandmother with her caste pride is also an admirable woman who raised her grandchildren by herself and, instead of the usual revulsion of eunuchs evident everywhere in India, has a close bond with her servant Prasanti.

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Prajwal Parajuly: My characters speak Nepali and I think in English.

Prajwal Parajuly’s interview in Tehelka

prajwalS31My characters speak Nepali and I think in English. The writing process is fraught with translation. It’s tricky, but we have grown up reading South Asian writers who made the path somewhat easier. A dialogue not in full English is not wrong, but more colourful. It talks about the difference in culture. I’m asked why I used so many Nepali words in my short stories. I want to be unapologetic about Nepali. It’s a beautiful language that employs onomatopoeia better than any other.

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Prajwal Parajuly: ‘Land Where I Flee’ is, in many ways, an uncomfortable novel

prajwalS312013 has not been a very good year for Indian fiction abroad.  However, it can safely be said that Prajwal Parajuly’s The Gurkha’s Daughter: Stories was one Indian book that bucked the dismal trend. This beautiful collection of short stories created international literary splash even before it was released. Fantastic reviews and sales in Ireland, the UK, the UAE and South Africa soon followed. The book was a Number One bestseller in India from the day it was released. Also, Prajwal was the only Indian/Asian writer on the shortlist of this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize for Literature.

Half Nepalese, half Indian, Parajuly was raised in Sikkim. He joined Oxford in 2010. He worked as a Village Voice ad executive and was doing a masters in creative writing at Oxford when, at 26, he became the youngest writer to secure an international two-book deal from Quercus. The Gurkha’s Daughter was published in late 2012.

One year later, his second book, Land Where I Flee, a novel, will be released in India.

According to his publisher, Prajwal divides his time between New York and Oxford, England, but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Indian Himalayas, at every opportunity. Kitaab caught him over email for a little chat on his writing journey so far.

Your debut collection of short stories, The Gurkha’s Daughter, was internationally acclaimed. Did you feel any pressure in writing your second book (Land Where I Flee) as expectations would be naturally high after your first book?

Thankfully, I had already completed the novel – or a draft of it – before The Gurkha’s Daughter was released. I am glad a big chunk of the work on Land Where I Flee was done prior to the publication of The Gurkha’s Daughter because there was entirely too much happening when The Gurkha’s Daughter came out. I agreed to almost all interview requests because I had the time. I was able to accept invitations to literature festivals because I had the time. I consented to readings because I had the time. I probably wouldn’t have committed to half the events I was invited to had Land Where I Flee not been as close to complete as it was. Do I feel any pressure? Not any more or less than when I did when The Gurkha’s Daughter came out. I understand there will be comparisons, but that’s okay. Continue reading


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Prajwal Parajuly only Asian on the shortlist of 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for literature

Gurkha's daughterSeven young writers have been named on shortlist for £30,000 literary prize in honour of the legendary Welsh poet and India’s Prajwal Parajuly with his The Gurkha’s Daughter is the only Asian writer on the list.

The other shortlisted writers, also all with debut works, hail from, Africa, the USA and England.

The winner, who gets a £30,000 cheque and a limited edition bronze cast of Dylan Thomas will be announced at an awards ceremony in Swansea in November. Continue reading


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Review: The Gurkha’s Daughter by Prajwal Parajuly

Gurkha's daughterStories about Nepalis that are short on description but rich in undercurrents, says Radhika Oberoi in The Hindu.

The prose is taut and sentences deploy a simple syntax. While it is tempting to describe The Gurkha’s Daughter as a collection of eight short stories so neat and precise that each story has a map to demarcate the geography of the narrative, it is also easy to be deceived by the simplicity. Continue reading


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Prajwal Parajuly’s The Gurkha’s Daughter on 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

ParajulyIndian writer Prajwal Parajuly’s The Gurkha’s Daughter has been longlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize, according to BBC News.

The international prize list set up to seven years to encourage young writers features 12 contenders who come from places ranging from Australia to South Sudan.

Eight works of prose, three of poetry and one play go to the next stage.

The winner, who will be announced in November, will receive £30,000 and a statue of Thomas.

2014 sees the celebration of the centenary of the Swansea-born writer, whose worldwide literary success was the catalyst for the launch of the prize in 2006.

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Ichi Batacan and Prajwal Parajuly among five Asian authors to watch

Asian literature is rising fast on the international publishing scene. Anticipating this burgeoning demand, Kelly Falconer – former literary editor of the Asia Literary Review – founded the Asia Literary Agency earlier this year. Heading up the nascent group, which represents luminaries in the field throughout Asia, Falconer is constantly keeping tabs on the continent’s hottest writers.

According to her, the five Asian writers to watch are: British-Indian Bidisha, Ichi Batacan who is a Filipino writer in Singapore, Kim Young-ha of Korea, Mai Jia of China and Prajwal Parajuly of Sikkim.

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