Indira Das, an eminent short story writer and a novelist of our time has been writing for more than three decades ,she has four novels, more than hundred stories , a travelogue ,two story collections for children and some translations to her credit , which have earned her a special place in the field of Odia literature.
Her parents late Sri Lokanatha Mahapatra and late Smt Pravati Devi had inculcated an interest in literature among their children and for that reason successful poet like Padma Bhusana Ramakant, columnist like late Umakant and Writer like Indira have emerged from that home.
From childhood , Indira had interest in writing ,but she had not gone beyond publishing a few poems in school and college magazines. Long after her marriage to sri Arun Kumar Das ,an officer in Indian Railways she picked up her pen again to record the kaleidoscopic impressions of life ,Her pen touches the universal story of mankind which is tinged with human sentiments and emotions . Now she is one of the most popular writers of Odia literature and for that she gets innumerable phone calls, e-mail and letters . Though Indira has got many awards , she considers her reader's love the most valuable recognition.
As she spent quit a long period of her life as the wife of a railway officer, with her minute observation and considerate heart she has written touching stories about Railway Men’s lives .Some of the stories like “ATREYA GOTRA” “SEI RATI RANGA BHINA” “ASAMAPTA TADANTA” “ABHILASARA HASA” “SASHI BOU” GALA PUTRA BAHUDI NAAILA” “FATHER” etc can be defined as stories which have permanent value in world literature . Her stories delve into subtle realms of human psyche though they deal with ordinary fact of life . Her first collection of stories “ASHTA GAMI SURYA” was published in the year 1983 , since then she has been writing without looking back.