Country town boy is Nepalese diaspora’s latest writer, at just 11

Aashraya Dhital
Aashraya Phuyal I Photo: Supplied

16 August 2017: Creativity of an eleven-year-old Nepalese school boy from the Mid North Coast of New South Wales is such that he has just published his first book and is already “half-way” into writing the second.

Born in Nepal, Aashraya Phuyal can now boast of his published title, Dragon Rising. The digital fantasy book is already up for sale on Amazon’s website.

Aashraya came to Australia when he was only five and currently lives in the town of Laurieton which, according to Census 2016, has a population of 1986 people.

The Year 6 student says he started the book some five months ago, finishing recently.

Dragon Rising: The Awakening is not the only book Aashraya would be writing. He told that his second book, a sequel to The Awakening is already “halfway done, with around 28,000 words”.

“At first I thought about three (including the published one) but now I’ve gotten more ideas. May go up to seven,” the budding writer said in a Facebook chat when asked how many volumes of the Dragon Rising he would be doing in future.

The fantasy book revolves around the main character, Tim, who spends his time hunting and roaming the forests of a remote and boring village named Trallar. After a few strange spottings of gigantic, winged creatures in the night, a piece of paper is found buried in the dirt. According to that piece of paper, dragons would rise one day. Tim runs away from the constant boredom of his life and travels through the vast forest of his country meeting troubles after troubles along the way. After reaching Heret, the capital, Tim realises that iron wouldn’t be powerful enough to pierce through dragon skin. In the meantime, he learns about an old rumour from a teenage blacksmith named Astrid who says there’s a mineral somewhere, anywhere, that can penetrate the toughest of metals. Following her clues, Tim finds the location of the place and Astrid builds the weapons with which they eventually kill the dragon. But that’s not the end. The emperor, deemed mad by most, sentences Tim to Sinthual Prison, the most devastating prison in the region. 
Aashraya says his reading habit of reading books has helped him along his writing journey. He is a voracious reader who can read up to 140 pages a day. Reading up to a hundred pages is a piece of cake for the 11 year old. These books fire his imagination, he says.
“My favourite author is J. K Rowling, because I love the Harry Potter books. I read fantasy stories most often and love the most,” he said.
The book has been published online only and can be accessed through most book-reading applications by visiting either the publisher’s website or directly through The book can be read online or downloaded for US $1.99 OR A$ 2.52.
“I wish to just write more books,” says the writer when asked what is his future plans as a writer are.
Aashraya’s father Mitharam Phuyal says he became confident about helping his son get published he got encouraging feedback from his friends and teachers.

This news article has been edited to reflect correct family name of Aashraya, which is, “Phuyal”, not “Dhital” as originally reported – editor

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