The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories

The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories

Prajwal Parajuly / Jun 01, 2020
The Gurkha s Daughter Stories A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice a Nepali Bhutanese refugee pins her
  • Title: The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories
  • Author: Prajwal Parajuly
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  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice a Nepali Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West a Gurkha s daughter tries to comprehend her father s complaints two young Nepali speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan These are just some of the storA disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice a Nepali Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West a Gurkha s daughter tries to comprehend her father s complaints two young Nepali speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of 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.
    The Gurkha s Daughter Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, The Gurkha s Daughter is a moving collection of short stories of the Nepali speaking diaspora in India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Manhattan Among the characters and stories that live in it are a disfigured servant girl who plans to flee Nepal a Kalimpong shopkeeper who faces an impossible dilemma a Nepali Bhutanese refugee who pins her hopes on the West two young Nepali The Gurkha s Daughter Stories by Prajwal Parajuly The Gurkha s Daughter is a collection of eight short stories of the Nepali speaking diaspora in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Manhattan My knowledge is limited pertaining to the Nepali speaking diaspora, however, the collection seems to touch upon plausible challenges faced by the Nepalese. The Gurkha s Daughter Background GradeSaver The Gurkha s Daughter Background Indian author Prajwal Parajuly is particularly well known for his writings about Nepali speaking people and their culture The Ghurkha s Daughter is a collection of short stories that dramatize the experiences of the Nepalese people both living in Nepal, and those who live in the countries surrounding it. Gurkha s Daughter Prajwal Parajuly Jan , 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. The Gurkha s Daughter by Prajwal Parajuly review Books Jan , The Gurkha s Daughter by Prajwal Parajuly review Eight insightful tales of the Nepalese diaspora, from a dysfunctional clan of refugees in Bhutan to a pair of arrivistes in New York.
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      • Prajwal Parajuly

        Prajwal Parajuly n 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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    1. 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 becom [...]


    2. The Gurkha s Daughter can be dubbed as a collection of modern day anecdotes, adeptly woven together Anecdotes, because the plot of all the eight stories cautiously depict the feelings of people from different walks of life and region They seem realistic in approach rather than a work of imagination The maps specified at the begin of each story gives the readers a clear cut idea about its location in the Nepal India region The stories may however, look bland at the first reading, something lacki [...]


    3. I read seven out of the eight stories in a week and I was so intrigued by the book I didn t want to finish it It s that kind of a book you wished you ve wrote it So, it took me a month to finish it Prajwal is a masterful writer with a unsophisticated approach Each details in his stories are insightful and they are even empathetic Though I ve complains with the clumsy endings in his stories, overall the book is a delight Nepali readers will adore this book because of the rich characters with quir [...]


    4. Prajwal Parajuly made it to news when Quercus signed him on for a two book deal The hype around him was overwhelming, and why not, he was after all a student of the Oxford Creative writing course Naturally, there was immense pressure when he started working on his first book, The Gurkha s Daughter , a collection of short stories But, the build up wasn t in vain and once you have read the first story the verdict is clear Prajwal is here to stay and will definitely be read The Gurkha s Daughter c [...]


    5. This is a truly fascinating collection of short stories told by Prajwal Parajuly I love short stories, I love how with short stories you always have time to read the whole story, rather than having to put a book down to cook the dinner or sleep, and so it can sometimes be hard to find your place again and get back into it when returning to a long story However, with short stories, you can happily read a complete story, go to make the dinner, and then return to read the next one It s also good fo [...]


    6. A really lovely collection of short stories about Nepalese people set in and around Northern India and Nepal Prajwal Parajuly has the capacity to create characters of great resilience and verve and he frames vivid little worlds in each tale.Among my favourites were, No Land is Her Land about a displaced and disjointed family attempting to create a picture perfect family for their US visas, the title story The Gurkha s Daughter about two young friends who play act the conversations and attitudes [...]


    7. This book was quite hyped about in Nepal so I picked it on my recent trip This is a collection of short stories of Nepali diaspora living in Nepal ,Kalimpong, Darjeeling , Gangtok , Bhutan and USA This might be an interesting book for someone who wants to know about the Nepali culture Stories that can happen to any Nepali The sad stories of displaced Nepali Bhutanese An immigrant student s dilemma living and working in NYC The caste system that we still have in our society The author has done a [...]


    8. I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this story collection, which is a series of snapshots of life for ethnic Nepalese in and out of Nepal from a variety of different angles Each story is connected by this thread of Nepalese identity and how that identity takes many different forms Only one of the stories the titular The Gurkha s Daughter fell flat for me, which I think signals a pretty successful read all around.



    9. The Gurkha s Daughter is a collection of eight short stories of the Nepali speaking diaspora in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Manhattan My knowledge is limited pertaining to the Nepali speaking diaspora, however, the collection seems to touch upon plausible challenges faced by the Nepalese A map is illustrated to show the location of where each of the story s take place which is helpful and adds to each narrative The stories and protagonists reflect both traditional and western cultural scenarios a f [...]


    10. Solid and energetic collection of eight stories from a young author about the Nepali Northern Indian diaspora A reviled servant with a cleft palate gets her chance to make a break for a new life in a new country, but will she have the guts to do it when the moment comes The Cleft A humble Muslim shopkeeper knows the daughter of a rich and prominent family is satisfying her kleptomania at his expense, but also knows that confronting her about it is futile Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Two Nepalis one a s [...]


    11. The inclusion of maps is one of the most appealing features of this book Various cities in the Nepal Bhutan NE India region situate each story and serve as an important part of the context And I hop onto my soapbox to say whoa The British really did some nasty number during Partition The current borders as well as so much other social distress and international tension here can be clearly and easily traced to the effects of British colonialism The list is quite impressive I liked this book The w [...]


    12. Each story was unique and different It felt like I was reading snippets of people s life Only snippets and nothing else because the stories ended so abruptly I still don t know what to feel about this I really could relate to some of the stories This one story called, Father s Journey made me take a pause and think about all the beliefs a typical Nepalese family puts in the mind of a child and how we try to rebel it but deep down we still believe what we are taught I don t think there was anythi [...]


    13. This book is about Nepalese people who are either living abroad like me or are missing something in their everyday daily lives This is a type of book that i can kind of relate to I was so addicted to this book that I finished it in 3 days and I wish that this book never ended as it was so intriguing and interesting The different situations the characters are put in make you seem like their problems are yours I hope that the author releases a sequel to this, hopefully on the same topic.


    14. The Gurkha s Daughter, a collection of short stories, by Prajwal Parajuly is about something I have never read before the displaced Nepalese in India and Bhutan and the U.S The stories range from very good to just so so The title story I would put into the latter I felt the most complete was The Immigrants Parajuly has a glossary of Nepalese words Unfortunately, the reader is not aware of it until he finishes the book I look forward to his next work 3 Stars because you cannot give 3.


    15. Parajuly writes beautifully, and weaves stories without many words He doesn t give away much, and reminds me of Hemingway in many aspects He observes a society without being overtly critical of it, yet he doesn t sugar coat the short comings that become reality for many women and minorities Almost all his stories deal with misogyny, classism, and casteism His stories are beautiful, very depressing, and engaging Parajuly is a fantastic writer, and writing endings that linger on and haunt the hear [...]


    16. Just finished the book I am a Gorkha s I spell it the right way daughter Everything about the Gorkha story was pitch purrfect Refering to colleagues as numberee and Johny Atkins The other stories were spellbinding I loved the book because its so nicely written and d recommend it to everyone the language is crisp and uncluttered this is english writing at its best.


    17. I just finished reading the bookr the SECOND time Yes, this book is so nice that I decided to read it twice Not kidding.The book is written so simply and yet features some complex social scenes I think this book is a must read for everyone.The book cover looks really nice too.


    18. Most of the stories draw you in, giving you insights into the Nepalese culture and traditions Surprisingly, The Gurkha s Daughter was my least favourite story but the book in its entirety was an all around good read


    19. This is quick read A collection of stories which, with a good storyline make you feel good about reading stories.Interesting stories form the collection A Father s JourneyNo Land Is Her LandThe Gurkha s DaughterPassing Fancy andThe Immigrants


    20. simply amazing the way this book is written makes it unputdownable it is simple, easy and pleasant the way the characters are etched out is phenomenal dialogue is the biggest strength but it s the endings that did it for me every story ends unpredictably but so so so well.



    21. They laughed the laugh of two people who had known each other a long time but were still uncomfortable with the vast gulf separating one s silver spoon upbringing from another s fast improving but modest existence You re worrying endlessly about what they think Aren t you giving them the power to control you Why is what they think so important to you One people, one country doesn t work when we are made to feel like the others Some people survive and live without being battered and bruised by th [...]


    22. It s interesting to see glimpses of the lives of Indians, Nepalese and others living in that area of the world I highly recommend everyone to read this to get different perspectives.



    23. This is a truly fascinating collection of short stories told by Prajwal Parajuly I love short stories, I love how with short stories you always have time to read the whole story, rather than having to put a book down to cook the dinner or sleep, and so it can sometimes be hard to find your place again and get back into it when returning to a long story However, with short stories, you can happily read a complete story, go to make the dinner, and then return to read the next one It s also good fo [...]


    24. After seeing a familiar face staring back at me from a bookshelf in the Kochi domestic departure lounge, I had to pick up this book I had the pleasure of meeting Prajwal during his time at Oxford, where he came across as a cheerful and unassuming personality, with the ability to charm anyone s pants off using his wit and humour His book is written in the same unassuming style, choosing to let his characters build the narrative and drawing very little attention to his writing except in the descri [...]


    25. Fascinating is what I find my latest read, The Gurkha s Daughter by Prajwal Parajuly to be With believable and rather relatable characters, this work throws much light on the Nepalese culture and nuances In eight stories the author brings out very beautifully, the dilemmas, issues and attitudes of the Nepalese migrants and also of those living in Nepali dominated areas, be it shopkeeper Munna s problem with Mrs Gurung s kleptomaniac daughter and that of his wife s in adjusting to Kalimpong s cul [...]


    26. Full of culture I have to admit, it was the cover that initially pulled me in I imagined a story of immigration At the end of this story I got what I expected.Up to that point was a collection of stories These stories were about various people in India, Nepal and Bhutan They were rich with culture and had profound moments for me with the heart of the characters I was reading about I feel I learned a lot about these cultures and their traditions in every day life While similar to ours, they are s [...]


    27. Total waste of time and also the paper that the book was printed Why does this christian missionary have any problem with Nepali tradition, religion and their way of life as a whole No wonder the author s introduction on the book itself reads he is paid heftyly by British publishers for signing a contract for writing It should have also added also for bringing out hand picked negativity and gloomy, cynical, inconsistent events thoughts of Nepali Hindu community in both Nepal India to degrade the [...]


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