Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay was born in Bikrampur, Bangladesh, in 1935 and lived there till he was 10 years old. During partition his family immigrated to Kolkata. He writes for both adults and children, and is one of the most popular authors of contemporary literature on the Indian sub-continent. In 1959 his first novel Ghunpoka (translated as Woodworm by Shampa Banerjee) was published in Desh. His first children’s novel was Manojder Adbhut Baari. He is known for creating the fictional sleuth Fatik. He received the Sahitya Akademi award for Manabjamin, and also received the Ananda Purashkar (twice) and the Vidyasagar Award.