Author: Ruskin Bond
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014011615X
The best of a lifetime of stories from a short story writer of rare distinction.
Ruskin Bond's stories are predominantly set in the beautiful hill country of Garhwal where he has made his home for the last twenty-five years. Some of these present people who, consciously or otherwise, need each other people in love or in need of love, the awkward adolescent and the mind lover. Some are gently satirical studies about village and small-town braggarts and pretty officials.
Several others mourn the gradual erosion of the beauty of the hills with the coming of the steel and dust and worries of modern civilization. All the stories are rewarding for their compassionate portrayal of love, loss, accomplishment, pain and struggle.
His tales of India are fresh yet age-old: the scents, sights and languor of the Indian scene have rarely been captured with such ease and authority. Each story unveils for a moment the palpitating heart of life. - National Herald