Parimal Bhattacharya is a bilingual writer and translator, most recently of Bells of Shangri-la : Scholars, Spies, Invaders in Tibet (Speaking Tiger, 2019). His books, written in Bengali and English, fall in the indeterminate category between fiction, memoir, history and travelogue, and cover a range of subjects, from the struggles of a central Indian tribe to the celluloid dreams of Andrei Tarkovsky. Parimal went to work in Darjeeling in the 1990s and was smitten by the Himalayas. He has not recovered since; instead, he has written a book on his ailment, including No Path in Darjeeling is Straight: Memories of a Hill Town. Parimal is an associate professor in West Bengal Education Service,
currently posted in the Department of English, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata.