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Rituparna Bhattacharjee turned a Writer at Eleven
Rituparna Bhattacharjee is a child prodigy. Her book of short stories was published in 1998 when she was just 11. She is at present a freelancer associated with an eminent publishing house. She is a marvellous author.
RITUPARNA BHATTACHARJEE published her first story ’’A story of three fish" at the age of 7. Her first English short story ’Growing Up’ was published in Voices of The Statesman when she was only 15. She wrote her story ’Mrityunjay’ for Suktara at the age of 15 and got the second prize in the competition.
Bhutiya, a collection of memorable Bengali short stories written by Rituparna Bhattacharjee, the youngest writer in India, at the age of only 11, was released by the then chief minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu on Jan 28,1998 in the presence of the then Information minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya  (currently chief minister of West Bengal). The book got lots of appreciation in book reviews done in all leading newspapers in India and abroad. The stories were written in easy and graceful language and reflect the imagination and sensibility of a child’s mind. Just imagine, at that time Rituparna was only a student of Class VI of Christ Church Girls High School.
She has got many rewards and prizes at a tender age. She was honoured with Jugal Srimal Excellence Award ’99 by Nehru Children’s Museum in the field of Education on May 21, 1999 and the Satabdir Bismay Prativa Award ‘99 of Sahitya Jagat presented by Abul Bashar of Annada Bazaar Patrika (ABP) in 2000.
She also got the first prize from Social Awareness Forum for participation in Social Welfare Programmes in 2005. Rituparna is versatile and got the second prize in the Quiz Contest for Wild Life Week (2003) Organized by the government of West Bengal. Rituparna is a writer for Unish Kuri of ABP publication. Her write-ups show her literary talent.
Rituparna’s book Bhutia was praised in superlative terms by leading writers including Syed Mustafa Siraj, Abul Bashar of Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Tarapada Ray, Parthajit Gangopadhyay, Dulendra Bhowmic and many others. The Statesman praised Rituparna for a wise head on young shoulder.
Prabasi Ananda Bazaar Patrika wrote: "In the long path of literary venture, the first step is taken by Rituparna; like the flashes of lightning this sudden rocketing into fame by publishing her book, she will certainly reach the luminous region of the bright Pole Star through her sincere authoring and ceaseless literary efforts"
Another Bengali newspaper Aajkal wrote: "Just keep her in mind, Rituparna has got the talent to create a wave in the literary world in the future.
Ganashakti wrote: " The crimson and azure fairies of the impossible romances do not get accommodation in Rituparna’s imaginary world. In its place man, his everyday living, and perception have claimed all attention of Rituparna’s pen".
The Asian Age wrote: " Most of Rituparna’s stories in this collection are well written. They provide an insight into a child’s imaginary world."
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