Monabi Mitra is a writer and a Professor of English Literature who teaches at Scottish Church College, Kolkata.
The daughter of an Indian Railway officer, she spent her childhood in picturesque railway colonies before moving to Calcutta for her education. She studied at Loreto House, Presidency College and Jadavpur University.
Married to an officer of the Indian Police Service, she accompanied her husband to different corners of Bengal where she came across widely divergent shades of life and society. These, along with her experiences of railway life, inspired her to start writing. She began by publishing translations of two contemporary Bengali authors- Ashapurna Debi (The Matchbox: Selected Short Stories of Ashapurna Debi published by Rupa & Co in 2004) and Sunil Gangopadhay ( The Fakir published by Harper Perennial) in 2010
Her acquaintance with the world of the police and her varied insights and interactions with different strata of policemen helped her rediscover crime literature. In 2009 she began writing a crime novel, specifically a police procedural. The novel was published by Penguin Metro Reads in 2012 as F.I.R and introduced DSP Bikram Chatterjee and his dedicated team of Crime Branch officers including Inspector Ghosh, Sheena Sen and DIG Toofan Kumar. This was followed by the second book in the series- The Dead Don't Confess (2013) The Final Report (2014) is the last in the series and visualizes the evolution of a police officer's attitude to his work.