Manik Bandopadhya (1908-1956), arguably the father of modern Bengali fiction, wrote some of the most captivating novels and short-stories in Bangla literature. But although the popularity the man and his work is massive, how many of us know about that the village Gaodia of Munshiganj (previously Bikrampur),
Manik Bondopaddhaya –Translation: Haroonuzzaman
Born on May 5, 1908 in Bikrampur, Dacca, Manik Bondopaddhaya spent his childhood in different areas of Bengal and Bihar with his father who had a transferable government job. With the publication of his short story ‘Otoshi Mami’ in Bichitra, a literary magazine, in 1928, he created a wave in the literary world. He was then a student of Presidency College, Calcutta. He wrote ‘Dibaratrir Kabyya’, a novel, at the age of 21. Even in a poverty-stricken life, writing was his living. His first novel ‘Jononi’ was published in 1935. Among his works, ‘Padma Nodir Majhi’, and ‘Putul Nacher Itikotha’ are outstanding. He died in 1956.