“Fear of our conscience makes us cowards…”
A staunch Marxist-turned-spiritual sage, MANOJ DAS, a professor of English at Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education, Pondicherry is one of the powerful story writers of India. Variously compared to R K Narayan and Raja Rao in the Indo-Anglican literary scenario and to Sake and ‘O” Henry among western writers, Manoj Das’s writings are typically his own. His ingenious use of images and idioms, description and drama leave a well-known taste in the mind—the taste of Indian life and Indian ways. There is, underlying his writings, a ‘moral nexus, a tough ethical core’. To the discerning reader this stand-point could reflect the philosophy of the story-teller, Manoj Das, the man. He is the editor of “The Heritage” magazine. Haraprasad Paricha Patnaik, a poet and critic of repute, provides here an insight into the writer’s views on the anomalies of human existence.