Asapurna Debi was born to a conservative Bengali family of North Kolkata on 8 January 1909. She was one of the first female writers who stood out against all odds and claimed her justified place among the Indian authors.Ashapurna’s greatest achievement was her ability to remain honest to her roots and courageous enough to question and draw attention to a lot of social injustices. It’s amazing that she could understand and express through her writings the inner layers of so many complexities and conflicts of the outer world in her day while remaining confined in the interiors of her own household. While voicing the dreams, sorrows and heart-aches of women Ashapurna’s writing never showed aggression towards men, rather her writings truly bring out the flavour of her days, people and society which take the reader through a refreshing journey in time and culture. Her introduction to the Bengali alphabet was through her elder brother who used to prepare his lessons aloud. Ashapurna sat near him and tried to memorise the alphabets as he pronounced them. She published her first poem in a children’s magazine named ShishuSathiat the age of 13. Married at an early age of 15 to Kalidas Gupta of Krishnanagar, Ashapurna pursued her dream and enchantment about the outer world through her writings. Her very first book was for children — Choto Thakurer Kashi Jatra published in 1938. Her first novel came out six years later named Prem O Proyojon (1944).Through her lifespan Ashapurna has written tirelessly in many genres including children’s literature.She was one of the most prolific creative geniuses of Bengali literature to whose credit go 242 novels and novelettes, 37 collection of short stories, 62 books for children. The number of her short stories runs into over 3000. A lot of her work was later translated into other, mostly Indian, languages. Her famous trilogy Pratham Pratisruti, Subarnalata and Bakulkatha depicts the aspirations, joys and sorrows that all women in the world would relate to.She has been widely honoured with a number of prizes and awards. She was awarded 1976 Jnanpith Award and the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1976; D.Litt by the Universities of Jabalpur, Rabindra Bharati, Burdwan and Jadavpur. Vishwa Bharati University honoured her with Deshikottama in 1989. For her contribution as a novelist and short story writer, the Sahitya Akademi conferred its highest honour, the Fellowship, in 1994. She died on 13 July 1995.