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A pioneering collection describing and dramatizing the Nepalese diaspora – the displacement and exile of the Nepali-speaking world

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE*

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 stories of 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.

Reviews

'Equally moving stories, the author takes us effortlessly inside the lives of the families in this remote ancient kingdom and its diaspora' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'[An] accomplished debut collection ... A distinctive talent' Financial Times.
Financial Times
'Crisp, inventive and insightful ... Marvellous' Guardian.
Guardian