22 June 2015 10:25 PM AEST: Freedom to Die, a Nepalese language collection of short stories penned by Sydney-based writer Dr Nirmal Gyawali, was launched in Sydney yesterday. Organiser of the event said the programme marked the ‘international launch’ of the first book of the young writer.
Academically a medical doctor, Dr Gyawali is equally well-versed in information technology and co-runs an IT company off York Street in Sydney. He is also an avid photographer.
Social media posts indicate the book has been nearly sold out in the local book market in Kathmandu before it was even formally launched. However, the writer could not be contacted to substantiate if that’s the case.
Prominent member of the Australian Nepalese diaspora Indra Ban OAM and senior community member Dr Narayan Pradhan jointly launched the book which appears to be well-received already. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with posts related to Freedom to Die.
The book can be ordered online through buynepalibook.com, an online store dedicated to promote Nepalese books globally.
Rishi Acharya, one of the promoters of the website, said it has contact offices both in Sydney and Kathmandu. The website will make books available online on the same day they are launched back in Nepal, he added.