Student Prabidhik K.C. was this week sitting in the centre of a stage, surrounded by civic leaders in Kathmandu, as the publication of his second novel was announced.
It’s a far cry from sitting in classrooms in Sussex studying for his A-Levels, which is where he was a few weeks earlier.
But it has been a remarkable journey for the 17-year-old who grew up in Pyuthan, a remote hilly district of Nepal, and was awarded a scholarship to come to the Pestalozzi International Village.
Prabidhik is now studying six A-Levels which include physics, maths, further maths, additional further maths, chemistry and extended project at Claremont Senior School, Bodiam, and last year took part in the regional finals of the UK Maths Challenge.
His first novel, focussing on the trafficking of girls, was published two years ago in Nepal. The money he received was spent on medication to relieve an outbreak of diarrhoea in his home district.
Prabidhik promoting his second novel which he wrote here at Pestalozzi
Now Prabidhik has found the time to write another novel, a love story, while juggling his studies and running an Astronomical Society in Sedlescombe.
He explained the novel was both a love story and a commentary on some of the social issues of his home country, and its superstitious nature and slow-paced development. He highlights things to be learnt from the UK.
Prabidhik said: "The launch was a great success. It was really pleasing to be there with dignitaries and other respected people of Nepal.”
"I believe literature can be an important medium for the social transformation. I believe this book could help make some beneficial changes in society and the country, no matter how small. This is what Pestalozzi has taught me.”
Prabidhik pictured with Nepalese dignitaries at his book launch recently
The launch was attended by the public as well dignitaries, including the former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Chitra Bahadur KC, and the current Nepal Civil Service Union President, Kedar Devkota.
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