ABOUT THE AUTHOR : He was born on 2nd November 1935 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. After dividing India & Pakistan in 1947 his family was shifted to India. He is popular among children and young readers. He is graduated from Calcutta University. The Author is familiar with his Adventure Series. Nowadays he is more popular living Bengali Writer. He is known for creating the relatively new fictional sleuths Fatik and Shabor.
ABOUT THE BOOK : Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay has always written about ghosts. He believes in them, has been plagued by them and it seems he rather likes them. “Goynar Baksho” is no ordinary, spine-chilling ghost story though! For one thing, it is quite hilarious; and for the second, it expresses feminist sentiments strongly.
The central character, Pishima, is a true rebel! She had been a child widow and though she was virtually illiterate, a certain streetsmartness had made her cling to the box of jewellery that she had received from her parents as a part of her dowry. She guards it with her life and cannot be induced to part with it. The other members of the family are waiting like vultures for her to die so that they can get their hands on it, but she outwits them even in death! She, or rather her ghost, entrusts the box into the safekeeping of her nephew’s wife, Somlata threatening the younger woman with dire consequences if so much as a speck of gold were found missing. Eventually Somlata hands the box to her daughter, believing her to be the re-incarnation of Pishima, and the girl returns it to her mother, having no interest in jewellery. And that was the end of the jewellery box. It had become for me a metaphor for the changing position of women in society. If the first generation (Pishima) had hoarded it, the second generation (Somlata) has used it as capital. The third generation (Chaitali) has come a longer way still, and is evolved enough to give it away for a cause. Thus Pishima’s box finally finds its way to the camp of the muktijoddhas i.e. the freedom fighters fighting for a free Bangladesh.