The Author


I’m Monabi and I’m a writer, a professor of English and a lover of words.

I was educated at Loreto House, Presidency College and Jadavpur University. I’ve published translations of contemporary Bengali writing which include The Matchbox: Selected Short Stories of Ashapurna Debi ( Rupa & Co) in 2004 and The Fakir by Sunil Gangopadhay (Harper Perennial) in 2010.

In 2009 I began writing a crime novel, specifically a police procedural, that used the ingredients of the mystery story but lifted it out of the confines of the cosy amateur detective line into the more realistic worldof the police force and their workings.

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The novel centered around Bikram Chatterjee, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Calcutta and the Crime Branch team of Inspector Ghosh, Sheena Sen and DIG Toofan Kumar.

This was published by Penguin India Ltd in 2012 as F.I.R, was followed by The Dead Don’t Confess in 2013 and The Final Report in 2014.

I live and work in Calcutta.

I am working on my next book.