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Saradindu Bandyopadhyay was Born on 30 March 1899 in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, His first literaty venture was a book of poems published in 1919. At the time he was a student in Vidyasagar College, Calcutta, and lived in a mess on Harrison Raod (now Mahatma Gandhi Road). His room at the mess was later to become a model for Byomkesh Bakshi’s famous first residence. While still a student, he married his wife Parul in 1918. Subsequently he restudied law, and then dedicated himself to writing. By 1932, when the first Byomkesh mystery appeared, he was already an established writer.
In 1938, Saradindu moved to Bombay to work on screenplays for Bombay till 1952, When he gave up his ties with cinema and moved to Pune to concentrate on his writing. He wen on to become a popular and renowed writer of ghost stories, historical romances and children’s fiction in Bengali. But the Byomkesh series remains his most cherished contribution to the world of contemporary Bengali fiction.
Saradindu Bandyopadhyay was a recipient of the Rabindra Pusakar in 1967 for his novel Tunghabhadrar tirey. He was also awarded the Sarat Smriti Purashkar by Calcutta University in the same year. The latter part of his life was spent in Pune where he passed away on 22 september 1970.
Sreejata Guha has a BA in Comparative Literature with a First Class Firt from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and an MA in the same subhect from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently working in a Ph.D. dissertation on translation from the original Bengali. She has worked as a translator and editor with Stree Publishers and Seagull Books, Calcutta, and written extensively on theatre, Popular culture and the environment for various national publications. She lives in Peters burge (USA.)