Prajwal Parajuly

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Prajwal Parajuly
Born
Gangtok, Sikkim, India
NationalityIndian
EducationKellogg College, Oxford
OccupationAuthor
Known forThe Gurkha's Daughter: Stories, Land Where I Flee

Prajwal Parajuly (né Sharma) (born 24 October 1984) is an Indian author whose works focus on Nepali-speaking people and their culture. Parajuly's works include the short-story collection The Gurkha's Daughter and novel Land Where I Flee.

Early life[edit]

Parajuly grew up in the Gangtok, Sikkim region of northeastern India. His father is Indian Nepali and his mother Nepalese.[1] He was educated at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and the University of Oxford.[2] Before committing to a writing career, he worked as an advertising executive at The Village Voice.[3]

Career[edit]

In September 2011, Parajuly became the youngest Indian author to be offered a two-book, multi-country deal. He was signed by Quercus.[3] He published his first book in 2012: a short story collection with the title The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories.[4] Describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora, his debut book was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize.[5] Parajuly's second book, the novel Land Where I Flee, came out in 2013.[6] It was an Independent on Sunday book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015. He was the first writer-in-residence at The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in 2013. In 2016, Prajwal Parajuly was invited to be a judge for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

He has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the New Statesman and the BBC.[7]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Truman grad sharing book deal experience with community". The Kirksville Daily Express. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  2. ^ "Prajwal Parajuly: 'Land Where I Flee' is, in many ways, an uncomfortable novel". Kitaab. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  3. ^ a b "Prajwal Parajuly: The Gurkha's son". LiveMint. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  4. ^ John Garth (2013-01-25). "The Gurkha's daughter by Prajwal Parajuly - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  5. ^ "Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist 2013 Announced", Swansea University.
  6. ^ Manjula Narayan (2013-12-21). "Book review: Land Where I Flee". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. ^ "Alumnus Prajwal Parajuly invited to judge the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017". Kellogg College. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2018-07-20.