Who would you like to meet—the adventurous ‘four feathers’ from the prep-school in Shimla or the Eurasian schoolboy and his funny grandmother who detests the dirty manners of the English? There are more options: would you like to catch up with the father who became a school boy and attended school again or the small girl who lived on hope that her father would return home from war one day? How about meeting a mischievous boy who always follows his master’s footsteps but never gets the expected results or the destitute lad who gets admitted to a school full of affluent students? More engaging stories like these are awaiting you inside this book.
In School Times, Ruskin Bond brings together a bunch of heartwarming stories written by some of the best writers of the genre. These riveting stories of school life are a heady mixture of love, friendship and loyalty which will take the reader to the very extremes of imagination, entertainment, thrill and excitement. So, here is your chance to savour every morsel of this sumptuous assortment.
Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years, and has now over 120 titles in print—novels, collections of stories, poetry, essays, anthologies and books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, received the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys award in 1957. He has also received the Padma Shri (1999), the Padma Bhushan (2014) and two awards from the Sahitya Akademi—one for his short stories and another for his writings for children. In 2012, the Delhi government gave him its Lifetime Achievement award.
A wonderful selection of short stories from around the world
Though the stories compiled in this book qualify as inspiring for children in middle and high school, I couldn’t feel they all connect (as mentioned in the blurb on the back of the book) to the book’s title. All the stories deliver important lessons but all stories aren’t scenes of school life. Only a handful are.
I picked this book thinking it to be a collection of heartwarming stories by some of the best authors who ranked high in Ruskin Bond’s reading list. It is quite an experience readi...