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The Gurkha's Daughter

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A number one bestseller in India and a shortlisted nomination for the Dylan Thomas Prize, The Gurkha's Daughter is a distinctive debut from a rising star in South Asian literature. This collection of stories captures the textures and sounds of the Nepalese diaspora through eight intimate, nuanced portraits, taking us from the hillside city of Darjeeling, India to a tucked ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Quercus (first published December 20th 2012)
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Andrea
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 b
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Shah Saguna

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 more 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, someth
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Pragyan Thapa
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wit
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Rebecca Rouillard
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 att
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Binodan
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more.

‘The Gurkha's
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
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 ...more
Booksdigger S
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 more 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 auth
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Renae (Romantic Parvenu)
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.
Skz
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgia;of places we have lived, hated,grown into and then left. A good book for a writer's first.
Melinda
Jan 14, 2001 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 scenario
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James Houston
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 Nepa
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Ming
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bo
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Pallavi
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 wa
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Taqi Shah
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
William Koon
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 ...more
Malashree
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 ...more
Gurung
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rahul Verma
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I just finished reading the book...for 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.
Catherine Maina
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!
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
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 Journey
No Land Is Her Land
The Gurkha's Daughter
Passing Fancy
and
The Immigrants
Booksbooksandebooks
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.
Sangita Dhakhwa
Not as expected!
Ruby
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january
"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 bru
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Aparajita Gurung
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, short and real stories... adaptation of different Nepalese girls of different place, age and class....

"When I told people I was of Nepalese origin, they instinctively asked me if I climbed Mount Everest.... they were dissapointed...

When I mentioned from Darjeeling, most people asked me a tea question..... I couldn't distinguish one variety from another... they looked bewildered....

And if I told anyone I was an Indian with Nepalese origins, they looked at me in wide-eyed wonder.... "

sto
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Ritu
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating 3.5 stars
Stacey
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Biboss Maharjan
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet
Anupama
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple and interesting read..being from that part of the country ..the stories are very relatable.
Megan Readinginthesunshine
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 ...more
Girish
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Prajwal 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
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