Words on Canvas is the first book on J P Das and his work. It brings together some excerpts from his writings (poetry, fiction, plays, children’s verse etc.) and articles and reviews on his works. Samples of Das’s paintings, a bibliography of his books translated or originally written in English, some letters written to him – a few photographs and sketches of Das have also been included. J P Das resigned from the Indian Administrative Service in 1984 to devote all his time to writing, research and cultural activities. He lives in Delhi. He feels as much at home in metropolitan Delhi as in rural Orissa, his native state.