For decades now, Ruskin Bond has been charming us with his captivating stories about life in the
hills. For this collection, India’s favourite storyteller has rummaged through his archives and fished
out a compilation of some of the pithiest short stories written on the Indian wildlife.
From tigers, elephants, mongooses and leopards to jackals, panthers, snakes and cats—Bond covers
them all, humble and mighty, in this collection. Bringing together the finest writing by authors
such as Rudyard Kipling, C.A. Kincaid, John Eyton, Hugh Allen, among others, this collection
will enchant the Bond aficionado and initiate alike.
Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of
several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed
a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three
he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He
was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi
Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from
three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie,
with his adopted family.
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