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About Me .....

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and am privileged to have turned my passion into my life’s work.  Writing for me is a reflex - like breathing, and just as essential (!) - and a way for me to better understand myself,  the world we live in, and the fathomless complexities of being human. I write in prose but an element of heightened poetic language usually finds its way into my pieces. If you're learning about me and my work for the first time through this page - welcome, I hope you enjoy it and my body of work, should you choose to explore it - and feel free to contact me with any questions or queries.

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Below can be seen my collected body of work. To date, I've published three collections of short stories, a set of classic Bengali folk tales re-interpreted for a contemporary audience, two novels, a single volume collection of three of my shorter novellas, and two English-Bengali translations : the first -  "Il Postino" by Antonio Skármeta, and the second,  "Eve Green" by Susan Fletcher.  I hope you enjoy my work, by all means contact me with any questions or thoughts you may have concerning my writing.

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Confession box er vitor, autumn diner gaan (novel published in 2010 by Bhashachitra Publications. Shortlisted in Prothom Alo’s best ten books of the year)


Aanbari (short story collection published in 2013 by Shuddhashar)


Uttar Dakshina (a series of adult fairy tales based on old tales of Bengal, published by Prothoma Alo in 2017)


 Vorojubotee, beral o bakira (short story collection published in 2011 by Shuddhashar Publications. Shortlisted in Prothom Alo’s best ten books of the year)


Olosdin- Khoyeripata- Baokurani (novel published in 2012 by Shuddhashar, shortlisted in Prothom Alo’s best ten books of the year)

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Pakhishob (a collection of novellas, published in 2018 by Batighar)
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Eve Green (translation of Susan Fletcher’s Whitbread award winning novel, published in 2015),
The Postman (translation of Antonio Skarmeta’s ‘Burning Patience’, published in 2021 by Prothoma),
Dwitiyo Bhrantipaash (short story collection published in 2020 by Prothoma, mentioned as one of the best reads of the year by Prothom Alo)
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Woman Writing

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
― Martha Graham


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