Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, a very prominent presence in the realm of Bengali literature, was born in Bikrampur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1935. With his father being a railway employee, his childhood was spent in Bihar, Bengal, and Assam. He graduated from Calcutta University and went on to obtain a Masters in Bengali. His first novel, "Ghunpoka," was published in the "Desh" magazine. In 1985, he was awarded the "Vidyasagar Puroshkar" for his commendable work in the genre of literature for young adults. His very popular novel, "Manabjameen," was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1988. He has also received the Ananda Puroshkar a couple of times. The vast and varied cache of his literary work includes novels and short stories for all age groups. "Kagojer Bou," "Ashchorjyo Pradip," and "Goynar Baksho" have been adapted into movies. Besides writing, he is a voracious reader and intensely passionate about sports.