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Kishori Charan Das, 1924-


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  1. Oriya stories.
    1st ed. New Delhi: Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2000. 1998.
    (LCCN: 99953801)
  2. Sesha galpa.
    1st ed. Kataka: Phrends Pablisarsa, 2001.
    (LCCN: 2002314318)

Kishori Charan Das, born in 1924 in Cuttack, Orissa, is an eminent Oriya writer. He is a master interpreter of choices, disillusionment, and insecurities of the middle class. His stories do not preach morals or convey messages. Rather, they present the realities of everyday life in a straightforward manner and an unassuming style. Though his stories start on a simple note, they eventually reach their culmination in unexpected and surprising ways.

He held such important positions as Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India and Director of Audit, Indian Accounts, Washington D.C., 1961-1964. He received the Orissa Sahitya Akademi award, 1976, Sarala Puraskar, 1985 and Bishuva Puraskar, 1992. He writes in English as well as in Oriya and has translated his own works. He has also translated writings by other Oriya authors.

Some of his important works are: In Oriya: Bhanga Khelana, 1961, Ghara Bahuda, 1968, Manihara, 1970, Thakura Ghara, 1975, Khelara nam ranga, 1982, Bhinna Paunsha, 1984, Shita Lahara, 1986, Nija Sanja, 1992, Taranga, 1997, (all short stories): Mana Kamana, 1983 (poetry), Lekhakara Samsara, 1986 (essays), Satoti Dinara Sati, 1993, Neta O Netramani, 1997 (both novels); In English: Death of an Indian, 1984, The midnight Moon and other stories, 1993 (both stories), Faces in the dark, 1980 (poetry).

The Library of Congress has thirty titles by him in its collection.

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