One of the most eminent writers of India, Sunil Gangopadhyay was born in 1934 in the village Maichpara of Faridpur District, in present day Bangladesh. Acclaimed for his prose and poetry, he is one of the most prolific writers of modern Bengali literature. He is the author of many poems, short stories, novels and plays. His magnum opus and winner of the 1985 Sahitya Akademi Award, Sei samaya, is the result of in-depth research work into the cross-currents of socio-intellectual life during the 19th century Bengal renaissance. Including translations, he has published over one hundred and eighty titles. Among his English translations are The Youth, Those Days and First Light. Two of his stories were adapted for film by Satyajit Ray. Sunil, Vice-President of the Sahitya Akademi, lives in West Bengal.