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Prajwal Parajuly

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Prajwal Parajuly
प्रज्वल पराजुली (शर्मा)
Born24 October 1984 (1984-10-24) (age 39)
EducationKellogg College, Oxford
Notable work

Prajwal Parajuly (né Sharma; born 24 October 1984) is an Indian writer 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 an Indian Nepalese 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]


In September 2011, Parajuly became the youngest Indian author to be offered a two-book, multi-country deal. He was signed by Quercus.[4] He published his first book in 2012: a short story collection with the title The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories.[5] Describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora, his debut book was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize[6] and longlisted for The Story Prize that same year. Parajuly's second book, the novel Land Where I Flee, came out in 2013.[7] It was an Independent on Sunday book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015. It was translated and published in French in 2020 and was nominated the same year for the Debut Novel Prize and a finalist for the Émile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature.[8] 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.[9]

Prajwal Parajuly has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the New Statesman and the BBC.[10]



  1. ^ "Truman grad sharing book deal experience with community". The Kirksville Daily Express. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-04-18.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Prajwal Parajuly: 'Land Where I Flee' is, in many ways, an uncomfortable novel". Kitaab. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  3. ^ "Prajwal Parajuly: The Gurkha's son". LiveMint. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  4. ^ "Prajwal Parajuly, The Gurkha's Son". Mint. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  5. ^ John Garth (2013-01-25). "The Gurkha's daughter by Prajwal Parajuly - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  6. ^ "Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist 2013 Announced" Archived 2014-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, Swansea University
  7. ^ Manjula Narayan (2013-12-21). "Book review: Land Where I Flee". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  8. ^ "Indian author Prajwal Parajuly's novel shortlisted for France's Emile Guimet Prize". Scroll.in. 2020-09-24. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  9. ^ Cain, Sian (10 May 2017). "Dylan Thomas prize goes to Australian 'genius' Fiona McFarlane". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Alumnus Prajwal Parajuly invited to judge the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017". Kellogg College. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2018-07-20.