Anant Samant was born on 12 August 1952 in Arnala, a tiny village near Mumbai. After completing high school he got a diploma in H.M.C.T from I.C.T.A.N, Mumbai. He worked in various hotels and M.T.D.C. He joined the Merchant Navy, worked as a Chief Steward and Navigating Officer on tankers, container carriers, bulk carriers, live stock carriers, cargo vessels. His literature shocked Marathi readers with its bold style and the never-seen-before world it invoked. His first novel M. T. Aiwa Maru was like a fresh wind gushing in to feed the hunger of younger generations. It was immensely acclaimed and won many prizes too. Even after twenty years it is a bestseller and the only novel of its kind in Marathi literature. Anant Samant has won the Maharashtra Rajya Puraskar four times, the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad thrice, as well as the Yashwantrao Chavan Mukta Vidyapith, the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh and Na. Si. Phadke Puraskar, among many others.
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