Born: 13 Dec 1903
Died: 28 Aug 1980
- He was a popular Bengali writer, humorist, and revolutionary who is best known for his humorous stories.
- His best known short stories and novels are renowned for their unique use of pun, alliteration, a play of words and ironic humor.
- He was a prolific author who also wrote poems, plays, non-fiction and novels for mature audiences in his long career.
- His writing is noted for use of literary puns as a key story vehicle – speculated to be a first in Bengali literature.
- He is also noted for his self-deprecating humor.
- An example of this is the convoluted way in which he would spell his name in Bangla in his stories: শিব্রাম চকরবরতি (Shee-Bram Cho-ko-ro-bo-ro-ty).
- He would often put himself into his stories amongst fictional characters.
- The most famous and recurring characters in his stories are the brothers Harshabardhan [হর্ষবর্ধন] and Gobardhan [গোবর্ধন] and his sister Bini.
- He also created a detective character named Kalke Kashi.
- Advertisements for his books often bill him as the King of Laughter.
- Aside from funny stories, his other notable writings include the dramatization of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Dena Paona (দেনা পাওনা) under the title Shoroshi [ষোড়শী] (Sixteen Year Old Girl), the political work Moscow Bonam Pondicheri [মস্কো বনাম পন্ডিচেরি] (Moscow Versus Pondicheri; ) and the play Jokhon Tara Kotha Bolbe [যখন তারা কথা বলবে] (When They Will Speak).
- His (so-called) autobiography Eeshwar Prithibee Valobasa (ঈশ্বর পৃথিবী ভালবাসা) (God Earth Love) is also regarded as one of his best works.
- During his 60-year career, he authored more than 150 books.
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