Cop book at London fair
Cuttack, March 26: Additional director-general of police Debasis Panigrahi's book Things Left Unsaid was exhibited at the London Book Fair last week.
An IPS officer of the 1991 batch, the 52-year-old officer is a Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award winner for short stories.
"Every book, like every human being, is born with its own destiny. I am happy that Things Left Unsaid is also meeting its destiny in due course," Panigrahi told The Telegraph.
"It was well-received at the Beijing International Book Fair last year as well. The book earned its publisher LiFi Publications the Federation of Indian Publishers award for excellence in English translation. This year, it got a place among the books from South Asia displayed at the London Book Fair," Panigrahi said.
The book is a collection of 14 stories translated into English involving seven translators and Panigrahi as co-translator for all of them.
"Being a writer in Odia, an English translation of my stories has helped reach a wider readership, transcending linguistic boundaries," Panigrahi said.
Celebrated author Ruskin Bond praised Panigrahi's book in the following words: "Unforgettable tales of the deprived, the disadvantaged and the disillusioned, told simply and directly and with telling effect. These tragedies of forgotten people remain in the reader's mind long after the book has been closed."