Gaurahari Das likes to call himself a traveller. His journeys, metaphysical and actual, have made him a writer. Born in Sandhagara, a remote village in Odisha, he has come a long way. He has about forty books to his credit, and he also writes a popular column Jeevanar Jalachhabi (Reflections of Life) in the Daily Sambad. He has won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for young playwrights and the Writer in Residency Fellowship of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Set in the largely unexplored terrain of rural Odisha, The Little Monk and Other Stories explores human nature. Whether it’s a small boy forced to be a monk, a son with mixed feeling towards his sick father, a child coming to terms with the difference between appearance and reality, or crooked officials getting their comeuppance when least expected, each story chronicles life as it is, a difficult journey, yet not without hope.