"Manoj Das was born in 1934 in a remote village in Balasore district, Orissa. While still at school he published a book of Oriya poems and started bringing out a literary journal Digantika.
A Marxist youth leader who at one time spent time behind bars, he gradually turned away from politics and in 1963 joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry, where he is a professor of English literature at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
His first collection of short stories in English was published in 1967, and several more have followed, including a novel, The Tiger at Twilight. He writes in both Oriya and English, and has published some eighty books. His work has been widely translated and he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, the Sarala Award, the Sahitya Bharati Award, the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, the Sri Aurobindo Puraskar, the honorary Emeritus Professorship of Berhampur University, the Padma Shri and India’s most prestigious award for creative writing, the Saraswati Samman."