Manoj Das Biography and Selected Books

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Manoj Das Biography

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NameManoj Das
Father’s NameMadhusudan Das
Birth27 February 1934
Death27 April 2021
Padma Shri
Padma Bhushan
Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
Saraswati Samman
Manoj Das

Manoj Das Short Biography- 100 words

Manoj Das is one of the most noted Indian English writers. He was born in 1934 in Balasore, Odisha. He was a bilingual writer who was fluent in Odia and English. Das worked as an editor, writer, professor and columnist. He was an award-winning writer. He wrote many novels, short stories, poems, travelogues and articles on history and culture. His popular works are “The Bride of Krishna”, “In Quest of the mythical forest” and “One and a Quarter of Man”. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Academy fellowship and Saraswati Samman. He died on 27th April 2021 in Puducherry.

Manoj Das Short Biography- 200 words

Manoj Das was an Indian award-winning bilingual writer who wrote in Odia and English. He wrote many novels, short stories, poems travelogues and articles on history and culture.

Manoj Das was born in the village of Shankhari, Balasore Odisha in 1934. He settled as an ashramite of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry in 1963. He worked as an English professor at the Sri Aurobindo international centre of Education, Pondicherry and concentrated on novel writing. Das was a youth leader in his college days. He played an active role in the Afro-Asian student conference at Bandung, Indonesia in 1959.

Das edited a cultural magazine “The Heritage” published from Chennai in 1980. He also wrote columns in the Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu and the Statesman. Among other important positions’ Das was a member of the general council of Sahitya Academy, New Delhi 1998-2022 and the Author-consultant, Ministry of Education, Government of Singapore, 1983-85. He was the leader of the Indian delegation of writers to China in 1999.

He got recognition in the form of the Sahitya Academy Award in 1972. Orissa Akademi Award, Sarala Award, Vishuba Award, Sahitya Bharati Award, Saraswati Samman and Padma Shree (2001).

Manoj Das Books

Manoj Das wrote plenty of novels, short stories, travelogues and poems. He also published many books on history and culture. Let’s explore the books of Manoj Das.


  • The Escapist
  • A Tiger at Twilight
  • Tandralokara Prahari
  • Aakashra Isara
  • Amruta Phala (Saraswati Samman)
  • Bulldozers and Fables and Fantasies for Adults
  • Cyclones
  • Kanaka-Upatyakara Kahani
  • Prabhanjana
  • Godhulira Bagha
  • Amruta phala
  • Sesha tantrikara sandhanare

Short Story Collections

  • Sesa Basantara Chithi
  • Upakatha Sataka
  • Abu Purusha
  • Manoj Dasanka Katha O Kahani
  • Dhumabha Diganta O Anyana Kahani
  • Farewell to a Ghost: Short Stories and a Novelette
  • The Crocodile’s Lady: A Collection of Stories
  • Manoj-pancha-bimsati
  • The Submerged Valley and Other Stories
  • Legend of the Golden Valley
  • Samudra-kulara Eka Grama (Balya Smruti)
  • Aranyaka
  • Bhinna Manisha O Anyana Kahani
  • Abupurusha O Anyana Kahani
  • Lakshmira Abhisara
  • Abolakara Kahani
  • Aranya Ullasha
  • Selected Fiction
  • Chasing the Rainbow: growing up in an Indian village


  • Keta Diganta (Part I)
  • Keta Diganta (Part -II)
  • Antaranga Bharata (Part I) (My Little India)
  • Antaranga Bharata (Part II)
  • Dura-durantara
  • Adura Bidesh


Manoj Das wrote only two poems. They are Tuma Gaan O Anyanya Kabita and Kabita Utkala.

History & Culture

  • Bharatara Aitihya: Shateka Prashnara Uttara
  • Manoj Das Paribesita Upakatha Shataka
  • Mahakalara Prahelika O Anyana Jijnansa
  • Jibana Jijnasa o Smaraika Stabaka
  • Prajna Pradeepika

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1. Who is Manoj Das?

Manoj Das is a bilingual writer from Odisha, India.

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Manoj Das wrote many novels and travelogues. The Escapist and A Tiger at Twilight are his famous books.

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