Prominent Odia and English Writer Manoj Das died.
Manoj Das was a prolific bilingual writer, famous for his dramatic expression as well as attire. As a writer and a philosopher, his writings drew social and psychological sketches of common people and frailties of political leaders.
He was suffering from a prolonged sickness and died at a nursing home in Puducherry on Tuesday. He was 87 years old and a Padma awardee. His commendable works in Odia include 'Shesha Basantara Chithi,' 'Manoj Dasanka Katha o Kahani,' 'Dhumabha Diganta,' 'Manojpancabimsati' (short stories), 'Tuma Gam o Anyanya Kabita' (poetry). His notable English works include The crocodiles' lady: A collection of stories, The submerged valley, and other stories, Farewell to a ghost: Short stories and a novelette, Cyclones, A tiger at twilight, Mystery of the Missing Cap, and other short stories.
He wrote his memoir chasing the Rainbow: Growing up in an Indian Village in 2004.
He has several prestigious awards in his name, including Padma Shree, which he won last year.
Paying tribute to Das, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Das distinguished himself as a noted educationist, popular columnist, and prolific writer. "He made rich contributions to English and Odia literature. He was a leading exponent of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti," he tweeted.
Source- Hindustan Times
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