Dr. Chandan Das was born in 1966 in Cuttack, Odisha. His father was a doctor and mother an English professor. Diagnosed with thalassemia major at 11 months, much of his formal schooling was as a private candidate. Nevertheless, he passed his Matriculation in the first division, his Intermediate in Arts from Berhampur University with a second position in the University's Merit List, his BA (English Honours) from Khallikote College with a first position, first class along with a National Scholarship, his MA from Ravenshaw College, Utkal University with a first position, first class in the University's Merit List along with three gold medals, his MPhil in English from Utkal University, and his PhD in Translation Studies from Utkal University. At the age of 8, he won the first prize in the All India Juvenile Literary Conference Poetry Competition at Bhubaneswar. He won the first prize in The Telegraph's Vineet Gupta Memorial Contest in Poetry in 1988 for his poem, Of Ants and Poems. His poems, translations and short stories have appeared in leading Indian publications. His translation of Fakir Mohan Senapati's Odia classic, Lachhama, was published in 2013. Chandan is a professor of English at Shaila Bala Women's College, Cuttack, and is also actively involved in working for the thalassemic children of Odisha. He is also a life member of the Indian Red Cross.
A child born with thalassemia. A little town by the sea among hills and forests. A neighboring family. An awakening of wonder at the human world. Poetry, the lords, and ladies of Byzantium, wolves, and firs and aspens bending in the wind. A search across the world for life-saving treatment for the child. A British Professor of Tropical Paediatrics on a British Aid mission, the august spires of Oxford, a kind, and gentle‚ healing. What next? Share a moment with Chandan Das, his struggle of 47 years with beta thalassemia, and see the other side of the moon.