Twenty-seven year old Prajwal Parajuly from Gangtok, India is touted as the next big thing in South Asian fiction. It’s probably a good time to take note of his name and pre-order his upcoming book ‘The Gurkhas Daughter’ which is being published by Quercus, an independent publishing house based in London. In his very own words he shares that the book is “a collection of short stories about Nepali-speaking people the world over. My family is originally from Kalimpong. I grew up in Gangtok, and my mother is from Nepal; so bringing together stories from all these places into a collection seemed only natural”. The talented writer identifies himself as a Nepali-speaking Indian writer writing in English. He’s also the first Indian to be selected into the University of Oxford’s highly selective Creative Writing Master’s. ‘The Gurkhas Daughter’ will only release on 3 Jan 2013 but it’s already on Number 25 on Amazon.co.uk Bestselling New Releases [rankings will probably change by the time you look]. Looks like the new years gonna start with a bang for Prajwal! Pre-order your copy now, I’ve got mine ordered! And guys, let’s not argue regarding if he’s more Indian or Nepali, the thing is, for his writing to be recognised and noticed by an international publishing house speaks volumes about his skill. That is what we need to appreciate leaving behind the identity, moreover he has stated that this book is a collection of short stories about Nepali-speaking people all over, most probably you and me. Let’s appreciate the goodness. Can’t wait to read.