Pestalozzi student Prabidhik KC published his second novel in Nepal recently - just two years after publication of his first book raised funds for medication to relieve an outbreak of diarrhoea in his home district.
The 17-year-old who is studying at the Pestalozzi International Village, after receiving a Pestalozzi scholarship, launched his new novel at an event surrounded by civic leaders in Kathmandu including the former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Chitra Bahadur KC, and the current Nepal Civil Service Union President, Kedar Devkota.
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. It has been a remarkable journey for Prabidhik who grew up in Pyuthan, a remote hilly district of Nepal.
Prabidhik is now studying A-Levels in physics, maths, further maths, additional further maths and chemistry as well as undertaking an extended project at Claremont Senior School, Bodiam. Last year he took part in the regional finals of the UK Maths Challenge and set up an Astronomical Society in Sedlescombe.
Prabidhik has found the time to write a second book which he explained is both a love story and a commentary on some of the social issues of his home country, its superstitions and slow-paced development. In it he also highlights things to be learnt from the UK.
Prabidhik pictured with his new novel
Prabidhik said: "The launch was a great success. It was really pleasing to be there with dignitaries and other respected people of Nepal.”
He added: "Literature is an important medium for 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 is still deciding which charity will benefit from the use the profits of this latest publication.
Susan Walton, Chief Executive of Pestalozzi said: "Our students make a difference in the world in a variety of ways. Prabidhik is spending his summer teaching in a school and promoting the Nepali Astronomy Society. It’s a fantastic achievement to have published this novel and we’re extremely proud that we have a successful author amongst our students.”
Pestalozzi International Village Trust is now launching the first stage of its Christmas Campaign and is seeking donors to pledge funds to support a match funding campaign.