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The Platform Man

By B.K.S. Ray

The ten stories in The Platform Man are unique in style and narrative strength. Longing for love, human relationships and situations, disillusionment and optimism regarding the essence of humanity characterize all the stories. Ray has tried to emphasize that in spite of sorrows and sufferings, there is a reason to smile in life. His portrayal of human characters is marked by seriousness and sarcasm without losing the human touch. Each story provides freshness and dynamism. There is no denying the fact that Ray has a penchant for exploring human solidarity amid darkness and despair.

Born in Orissa (India) in 1949, Bijoy Kishore Sundar Ray showed signs of a creative temperament at an early age. He has a Masters in History from Delhi University, and in Politics from the University of York, UK. In 1972 he joined the IAS in the Madhya Pradesh Cadre. Ray is currently the Director-General of the Chhattisgarh Academy of Administration, Chairman of Board of Secondary Education and Chairman of Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board. A keen observer of international affairs, Ray is widely travelled and believes that one needs to have a global perspective when dealing with local issues. His challenging administrative assignments have not dimmed his creative fervour. Ray has written three volumes of English poetry: Dream Songs and Shadows, Romance of the Recluse and Terror Must Die. He has also authored English novel, The Revolutionary, and in Hindi, Rasoi Ghar Ka Rajkumar. An earlier collection of short stories, The Stranger, is based on his personal experience and deep insight into human nature.

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