'Yamraaj No 5003' released

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English version of MrinalChatterjee's 'Yamraaj No 5003' released




Dhenkanal ,24/02/18:The English version of MrinalChatterjee's much appreciated Odia novel 'Yamraaj No 5003' was released at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanalon Saturday by noted writer and CPRO of Rourkela Steel Plant, Ramendra Kumar and Professor SubirGhosh, Principal of BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, Kolkata at a writing workshop, organized here.


Yamraj Number 5003 is the story of one of the thousands of cloned Yamrajs in Mrityuloka. The Yamrajs are supposed to carry out their duties like robots, but by some fluke one Yamraj—code-named #5003 has a ‘manufacturing defect’ by which he can think and feel, making him ‘different’. He begins to question the status quo, shaking the very foundation of the power structure in Devlok, making the divine trinity; Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar jittery. What happens when they decide to take action against the erring Yamraj? Woven with humour, this multilayered novel will move the readers as well as entertain them. Originally published in Odia and translated into Assamese, this hugely popular novel is being published in English for the first time. The English translation was done by ThirumoyBannerjee.


Assamese version of his novel 'Yamraj Number 5003' had been released on February 22, 2016, in Guwahati.


Journalist turned media academician MrinalChatterjee, who presebntly heads IIMC, Dhenkanal writes fiction in Odia in the penname Mrunal. He has published 8 novels, 7 short story collections and three anthologies of his columns published in Odia dailies.


His Odia fiction 'JagateThibaJate Dina' published in 2010 has gained immense popularity among the readers in Odisha. The book is a collection of his columns published in the weekly SamajaSaptahiki. His novel 'Kandhei' released on 15 December 2013, has also got positive reviews as the book not only breaks many myths about cats but also make the readers see the world through the eyes of a cat.


Among his books are 'EkaSundarChandiniRatire', Shraddha Publication, Baleswar (March 2016), YamrajChutire' (Yamraj on Leave), published by Bhubaneswar-based TimepassPrakashan (December 2015).


He also writes plays for stage and radio.

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