Mandakranta Sen

Mandakranta Sen was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her first collection of poetry- HRIDAY ABADDHYA MEYE (MY HEART IS AN UNRULY GIRL) brought her the Ananda Puraskar in 1998. Since then she has written twenty collections of poetry, eight novels, one collection of novelettes, two collections of short stories and one collection of essays. She has won several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Young Writers’ Award (2004), which she returned in 2015 as a protest against the growing intolerance in the country. Her poems have been translated into several other Indian languages, and internationally into the German, French and Polish. Currently, along with her husband, Mandakranta Sen edits Brishtydin- a literary journal in Bengali.

  • My Heart is an Unruly Girl

    About the Book

    Bold and sensuous, Mandakranta Sen’s poems document the truths of body and desire. Holding nothing back, they spill over the pages and force us to take notice. My heart is an Unruly girl is a worthy addition to feminist poems of love and desire. The rawness of the original Bengali translates beautifully and seamlessly into English. “She who writes poetry in the middle of the night/ With her hair undone – is a witch”, Mandakranta writes. One tends to agree. There is, certainly, an element of witchcraft in these poems, which cast a spell on the readers.