Pitabas Routray, a post graduate in Applied Economics, after serving in various public sector undertakings of India, retired as General Manager – Marketing in Paradeep Phosphates Ltd. He is a popular humorous short story writer, more popular for his thirty (30) books on Lord Jagannatha. He is awarded with Doctorate for his thesis on “Economic Impact of Lord Jagannatha Temple in the lives of people of Odisha” a first research work of its kind on Lord Jagannatha. His books have been regarded as best sellers and his humorous short stories have been translated in various languages. His books on Lord Jagannatha have been translated in different Indian languages.
He has received many accolades and awards including “KANTA KABI PURASKAR” for humorous writing, “Surendra Mohanty Memorial Award” for overall contribution in Literature and “UTKAL RATNA AWARD” for popularizing cultural heritage of Lord Jagannatha.