A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, India Gourahari is a creative writer, editor and columnist. His first book “ Juara Bhatta” which is a collection of short stories, was published in 1981 when he was still pursuing his studies in Ravenshaw Evening College. Besides writing fictions he also writes regular columns in newspaper SAMBAD which are very popular.
Gourahari started writing short stories from very early age. In fact his first short story “Kshinaloka” was published in the magazine ‘Kalyani’ when he was only 15 years old. Soon he took up writing seriously and to date he has more than 51 books to his credit. These include novels, short stories, essays, plays, poems, translations and vignettes. He has also written travelogues on USA, Sweden and China.
As a journalist he has devoted much of his energy in eradicating superstition such as witchcraft and animal sacrifice. His comments on certain practices at Sri Jagannath temple at Puri and other places of worship have put him in the bracket of journalists with conviction. His column “Odisha Diary” which appears in special occasions is a popular one in Odisha.