Set in Bond’s beloved Dehradun, The Road to the Bazaar is a delightful collection of short stories that bring to life the amusing exploits of Suraj, Ranji, Koki and their friends, as they grow up in the small hillside town of North India. In his inimitable style, Bond etches out the everyday incidents that shape their lives: there is Mukesh’s visit to the Delhi zoo which inspires him to start his own; Koki’s beetle race against Bhim and Ranji that results in an unexpected winner; and Suraj’s great train journey which sees the forging of an unlikely friendship in a goods train.
Including classics such as ‘Ranji’s Wonderful Bat’, ‘The Boy Who Broke the Bank’, and ‘Koki’s Song’, The Road to the Bazaar demonstrates why Bond continues to be one of India’s best-loved authors.
About the Author
One of India’s finest and most popular storytellers, Ruskin Bond is the author of several bestselling novels and collections of short stories, essays and poems. These include The Room on the Roof (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), A Flight of Pigeons, Time Stops at Shamli, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra (winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award), Rain in the Mountains, Roads to Mussoorie, and A Little Night Music. He has also, over the years, expertly compiled and edited a number of anthologies.He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Delhi Government’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.