|About the Book|
Sunil Gangopadhyay (Bengali: সুনীল গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়, 7 September 1934 – 23 October 2012) was a famous Indian poet and novelist. Born in Faridpur, Bangladesh, Gangopadhyay obtained his Masters degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta, In 1953 he started a Bengali poetry magazine Krittibas. Later he wrote for many different publications.Ganguly created the Bengali fictional character Kakababu and wrote a series of novels on this character which became significant in Indian childrens literature. He received Sahitya Academy award in 1985 for his novel Those Days (সেই সময়). Gangopadhyay used the pen names Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay.Works:Author of well over 200 books, Sunil was a prolific writer who has excelled in different genres but declares poetry to be his first love. His Nikhilesh and Neera series of poems (some of which have been translated as For You, Neera and Murmur in the Woods) have been extremely popular.As in poetry, Sunil was known for his unique style in prose. His first novel was Atmaprakash (আত্মপ্রকাশ) and it was also the first writing from a new comer in literature published in the prestigious magazine- Desh (1965).The novel had inspiration from On the road by Jack Kerouac. His historical fiction Sei Somoy (translated into English by Aruna Chakravorty as Those Days) received the Indian Sahitya Academy award in 1985. Shei Somoy continues to be a best seller more than two decade after its first publication. The same is true for Prothom Alo (প্রথম আলো, also translated recently by Aruna Chakravorty as First Light), another best selling historical fiction and Purbo-Paschim (পূর্ব-পশ্চিম, translated as East-West) a raw depiction of the partition and its aftermath seen through the eyes of three generations of Bengalis in West Bengal, Bangladesh and elsewhere. He is also the winner of the Bankim Puraskar (1982), and the Ananda Puraskar (twice, in 1972 and 1989).Sunil wrote in many other genres including travelogues, childrens fiction, short stories, features, and essays. Though he wrote all types of childrens fiction, one character created by him that stands out above the rest, was Kakababu, the crippled adventurer, accompanied by his Teenager nephew Santu, and his friend Jojo. Since 1974, Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote over 35 novels of this wildly popular series.Death:Sunil Gangopadhyay died at 2:05 AM on 23 October 2012 at his South Kolkata residence, following a heart attack. He was suffering from prostate cancer for some time and went to Mumbai for treatment. Gangopadhyays body was cremated on 25 October at Keoratola crematorium, Kolkata.Awards & Honours:He was honored with Ananda Award (1972, 1979) and Sahitya Academy Award (1984).