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Indian Booker Sarada Prasad receiving the prize from Governor M.C. Bhandare.
Indian Booker Sarada Prasad receiving the prize from Governor M.C. Bhandare.

Sarada Prasad Mishra wins the Time Pass Booker! Shyamhari Chakra

Young Oriya writer and publisher Saroj Bal is known for his innovative ideas and activities. Time Pass Booker Prize launched this year by his publishing house Time Pass, happens to be one of his multifarious experiments in literary publishing.

Saroj succeeded in roping in Governor M.C. Bhandare, Bangladeshi writer and journalist Anisul Haque, eminent poet Haraprasad Das and noted columnists Adhyapak Biswaranjan besides a host of eminent literary personalities of the State to the unique literary gathering in the city recently where the Governor presented the first Time Pass Booker Prize to short story writer Sarada Prasad Mishra for his book Ratira Ajab Drushya.

The other highlight of the event was release of the translated Oriya version of Anisul Haque’s novel Maa that has run into 25 editions in just four years of its publication. The novel is based on Bangladesh’s war for freedom from Pakistan. Suresh Balabantray has translated it into Oriya.

The gathering was offered a treat with staging of the play Ratira Ajab Drushya, the dramatised version of the Time Pass Booker prize awarded book by Simanta Mohanty who also directed it.


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