Authored By: Gourahari Das
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 168||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 206.50||Price in (USA) $. 16.52|
About the Translators
Dr Gopa Nayak isa bilingual poet, author and translator. She writes poetry in both Odia and English. Her first collection of poems in English has been published in 2011 under the title –Dissension. Her poems have found a place in the anthologies of English Poetry such as The Dance of the Peacock published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada (2013)and Suvarnarekha(An Anthology of Women Poets in Indian English Poetry) published by the Poetry Society of India (2014). Her short stories and translated stories from Odia to English have been published in academic journals and e-journals such as museindia.com, Northeast review among others. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and is currently serving as Director of English Language Centre at O.P. Jindal Global University.
Mr. Saroj Mishra is a chemical engineer by profession. He graduated in chemical engineering after passing Senior Cambridge from Sainik School, Bhubaneswar. Presently he is settled in Bhubaneswar after retirement from state government service. He began writing fiction in Odiya in early 1990. His first book, a collection of short stories in Odiya, was published in 1992. Thereafter four books in English written by him have been published, which include two novels, one collection of short stories and one travelogue. Two books translated from Odiya to English have also been published. One novel is awaiting publication by a leading publisher for Mumbai.
About the book
Literature interprets life, so do Gourahari Das’s stories in ‘Koraput and Other stories’ that give expression to the diverse strangeness of man’s life vacillating perpetually like a pendulum between fear and greed. The emotions of common labourer sacrificed at the excruciating altar of bedazzled open economy, the tribal dreams suppressed under government’s red-tape, the simple faith tangled in the narrow lane of fatalism and futurism and the light of patriotism lost in the fog of artificial love-show have been so graphically delineated. It’s true that the stories of ‘Koraput and Other Stories’ narrate the stories of the long, narrow murky tunnels but none the less, they indicate the possibility of some light at the journey’s end. This hard-to-put down collection par excellence has that magnitude capable of expanding the readers’ point of view with respect to human behaviour.
Comment About ‘Koraput and Other Stories’
With a vision that transcends the normal and a value system that is nurtured by his love for both tradition and modernity, Gourahari has been able to see and comprehend the nature of conflict and complexities of a society in transition. He has keen eyes of observation and sensibility of an enviable creative writer.
- Ruskin Bond
A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Gourahari Das is known for his multi-faceted creativity in the field of Odia literature. He has an exquisite treasure trove of literary creations which include novels, short stories, vignettes, essays, travelogues and translations. With a vision that transcends the normal and a value system that is nurtured by his love for both tradition and modernity, he has been able to see and comprehend the nature of conflict and complexities of a society in transition.
Born in the year 1960 Gourahari has come a long way, since. His collection in English The Little Monk and Other Stories has been published by Rupa & Co, New Delhi.
Gourahari can be reached through email:firstname.lastname@example.org