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Book Title: The Gurkha's Daughter|
The author of the book: Prajwal Parajuly
ISBN 13: 9781780872964
Date of issue: January 2nd 2014
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This is an anthology of Nepali stories set mainly in Nepal and India, but also one set in Manhattan. I enjoyed all 8 stories, but particularly the last 2. Overall a really good mix of happy, sad, sweet, dark and wistful.
The Cleft: Parvati, a widow, is collected by her overbearing sister-in-law to attend the funeral of her mother-in-law in Birtamod. Parvati insists on taking Kaali, her young Indian maid, on the journey, filling the maid's head with ideas of taking the opportunity to run away to become a famous actress.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: In Kalimpong, Munnu is a paanwalla who tries to find a delicate way to deal with a high-caste habitual shoplifter. In the meantime, he also needs to find a way to keep his wife occupied during the day, in case she carries through with her threat of taking a job in Dr Pradhan’s paediatric clinic.
A Father's Journey: In Gangtok, Prabin dotes on his daughter Supriya, but worries that her generation doesn't understand or observe the rules of caste. Prabin is both surprised and delighted when Supriya eventually decides to marry her Brahmin boyfriend Sahil, but then learns that Sahil has a dark side.
Missed Blessing: In Darjeeling, Rajiv bends over backwards to prepare the flat for the arrival of relatives, expected to stay during the Dashain celebrations, all the while narrowly avoiding being converted by the American missionaries.
No Land is her Land: Having been forced off the family land in Bhutan, Anamika has lived in a refugee camp at Khudunabari for 13 years and considers it to be her home. But one day the rumours of opportunity to be resettled in the US appear to be coming true, with Anamika and her family invited to an interview with an American case worker. Will Anamika's estranged husband spoil her chances of selection?
The Ghurka's Daughter: In Kathmandu, a young girl collects secrets. The one she can't tell her best friend Gita, is that the two of them have become mitini to each other (a kind of kinship bonding the two families), in order to shift the bad luck appearing in her astrological chart, to Gita.
Passing Fancy: Back in Gangtok again, with all 3 of her children now settled in the US, a mother retires from her government job and finds herself developing a sweet friendship with her neighbour when they meet on their early morning walks. Mr Bhattarai is an artist, and when he shows the mother a portrait that he has painted of her, it is as if he has shown her a mirror and she is confronted by what she sees.
The Immigrants: A chance meeting in Manhattan brings Sabitri into Amit's life. Amit has done very well for himself in the US while on a working visa - he even has a white maid for his tiny apartment - but he misses the food from his home in Darjeeling. Sabitri has become a US citizen, but can't find a decent job because of her poor English. Sabitri agrees to cook for Amit, if he will help her to improve her English. Is Sabitri Amit's servant, or is this just one Nepali helping out another Nepali?
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Read information about the authorPrajwal Parajuly (né Sharma) is a Nepali-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.
Parajuly grew up in the Gangtok, Sikkim region of northeastern India. His father is Indian Nepalis and his mother Nepalese. He was educated at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and the University of Oxford. Before committing to a writing career, he worked as an advertising executive at The Village Voice.
In September 2011, Parajuly became the youngest Indian author to be offered a two-book, multi-country deal. He was signed by Quercus. He published his first book in 2012: a short story collection with the title The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories. Describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora, his debut book was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize.
Parajuly's second book, Land Where I Flee, came out in 2013
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