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Zero Hour

Dr Rita Chowdhury
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The Author

Rita Chowdhury (born 1960) is an Indian poet and novelist famous for her work in Assamese literature and is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award. She is the editor of the Assamese literary magazine Gariyoshi and a former director of the National Book Trust, India. She has been a professor and lecturer at Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam in the Political Science Department and was active in the Assam Movement in the early 1980s.

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The Book

One of Rita Chowdhury’s defining attributes, as one of the most influential authors of this era, lies in her profound portrayal of life, humanism, deep empathy for characters, a distinctive storytelling style, and notably incisive perspectives. This time, she ventures into a battlefield. The narrative delves into the liberation war of Bangladesh, weaving through the pages of the novel. Commencing from the general election of a united Pakistan, the story unfurls at its own cadence, spanning Dhaka, Karachi, Delhi, Haflong, Dandakaranya, and Malkangiri. 

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“Neverland – Zero Hour by Dr. Rita Chowdhury is a compelling narrative that takes readers on a profound journey through the tumultuous period of the Bangladesh liberation war. Chowdhury’s storytelling prowess shines through as she intricately weaves together the political landscape, human emotions, and the relentless pursuit of freedom. The author’s deep empathy for the characters resonates on every page, making them come alive in the readers’ minds. The 1971 depiction of East Bengal and its genocide is portrayed with poignant realism.”

– The Literature Times
(Literary Blog)

“Dr. Rita Chowdhury’s ‘Neverland – Zero Hour’ stands out as a masterpiece of historical fiction, offering readers a nuanced and deeply moving perspective on the Bangladesh liberation war. The author’s profound portrayal of life, humanism, and her distinctive storytelling style make this novel a captivating and thought-provoking read. Chowdhury skillfully navigates the complex political landscape, taking the reader through the general election of a united Pakistan and the subsequent events that led to the liberation war.”

– Akhila Saroha
(India’s Top Book Blogger)

“Dr. Rita Chowdhury’s ‘Neverland – Zero Hour’ is a poignant exploration of the Bangladesh liberation war, skillfully blending history and fiction. With her evocative storytelling, Chowdhury transports readers to the heart of a tumultuous era, capturing the essence of political upheaval and the indomitable human spirit. The novel’s vivid portrayal of characters and locations, coupled with its insightful perspective, makes it a must-read for those seeking a gripping and emotionally resonant journey through a pivotal chapter in South Asian history.”

– The Literature Today
(Literary Blog)