Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay was born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh (1935), but he moved to Kolkata following the Bengal split. During the upheaval in Bengal in the 1960s, he began writing. In 1967, popular magazine "Desh," with which he is still affiliated, released his first book, "Ghunpoka." Other significant works by him include "Ujan," "Goynar Baksho," "Hirer Angti," "Madam O Mohashoy," "Pherighaat," and "Jao Pakhi."
He is an accomplished author of detective fiction in addition to fiction books. He gave Bengali readers Shabor Dasgupta, a Bengali detective, with his detective series "Goenda Shabor." For his book "Manabjamin," he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989.