Manoj Das was born in the small coastal village of Shankari in the Balasore district of Orissa. Since 1963, he has been an ashramite at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry.He is presently concentrating on writing novels.
He edited a cultural magazine, The Heritage, published from Chennai in the 1980s. The magazine is no more in circulation. He wrote columns on quest for finding eternal truth in common lives in India’s national dailies like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu and The Statesman
Manoj Das is perhaps the foremost bilingual Oriya writer and a master of dramatic expression both in his English and Oriya short stories and novels. He says that, 'Characters follow the theme of a story, and the words are merely added by author to represent the thoughts of the character'. That is the precise reason why Das's characters in fiction are from so many varied backgrounds, and display many different dimensions of human nature. He is a philosopher, a thinker-writer whose works can be defined as a quest for finding the eternal truth in everyday situations