- Category: TOW 2014
PRAJWAL PARAJULY was born in 1984 to an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. Educated in India, the United States and the United Kingdom, he has been called the next big thing in South Asian fiction and the harbinger of the resurgence of the short story.
Parajuly is writer-in-residence at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and divides his time between Oxford, England and New York. He has been writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, United States, where he wrote parts of his first book and from where he also received an undergraduate degree in communication. He obtained his Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.
Parajuly made his debut in 2012 with the widely acclaimed collection of short stories The Gurkha’s Daughter, which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. The Gurkha’s Daughter includes eight stories about Nepali-speaking people in India, Nepal, Bhutan and beyond.
Land Where I Flee, Parajuly’s anticipated novel, was published in 2013 to high acclaim and is available in South Africa. The book is a family saga in which four siblings living in various parts of the world convene in their tiny Himalayan hometown to celebrate their grandmother’s birthday.
Prior to writing fiction, Parajuly worked as an advertising account executive at The Village Voice in New York, a job he quit because, according to him, “looking at myself in the mirror with self-loathing got old.”
While an undergraduate, Parajuly was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Detours: An Explorer’s Guide to the Midwest, a travel magazine based in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
He occasionally teaches master classes in fiction and column writing.
The Gurkha’s Daughter, Quercus, 2013
Land Where I Flee, Quercus, 2013