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Prajwal Parajuly's debut novel, 'Land Where I Flee,' successfully launched
The much awaited launch of Prajwal Parajuly's first novel, 'Land Where I Flee,' took place last night in the Amphitheatre at Indian Habitat Centre, which was attended by a number of people residing in Delhi. The book launch was eagerly anticipated after the success of 'The Gurkha's Daughter,' a collection of short stories.

The stage was all set for Prajwal to converse with Manjula Narayan, a journalist with Hindustan Times, who said that she finished the novel in one sitting. She knew what to ask Prajwal. The author after having met 100s of media persons after his success with 'The Gurkha's Daughter,' looked quite confident with questions that were coming his way from the journo.

There were times, when the audiences were brought to a chuckle by the author with his replies. But it was not all chuckles as the audience were informed about the class and the caste system, which even exists in today's world. He said, "it is utterly ridiculous that it still exists." His novel talks about class and caste as well.

Though, the author for obvious reasons did not pass too much information about the content of the book, but did mention that "the novel is basically a melodramatic family saga." Prajwal further talked about the challenges that he faced while writing the novel.

For those who loved reading 'The Gurkha's Daughter,' this novel could be one step better. The author stated that he enjoyed writing this novel, even more than 'The Gurkha's Daughter.'

The night was yet not over, until the book lovers who purchased the novel priced at Rs 499 got the author to personally autograph the novel and also take some pictures. One such avid reader, who also happened to be Prajwal's schoolmate, Tshering Norgyl said that from his schooldays, Prajwal was an intelligent student. About the novel, which he was carrying in his hand, he said, "It is totally different. His first one was a collection of short stories. This novel must be something new for him as well."

It would not be fair to compare the novel with Prajwal's collection of short stories. Nagaraj Krishnan, General Manager, Sales and Product from Penguin India said, "The Gurkha's Daughter was a tremendous success. To be honest, we were surprised. Prajwal set a new benchmark for debut authors." The publisher for 'Land Where I Flee' is Quercus, UK and they collaborate with Penguin in India.

Nagaraj has high hopes from the novel, though he understands that both his books are different from one another. He added, "we have similar expectations as that of his first book. We in fact, expect it to sell much more than The Gurkha's Daughter." Early feedback about the novel has been positive so far, informed Nagaraj.

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