First published in April 2003, The Best of Ruskin Bond encompasses the brilliant author's life's work and evokes a range of emotions by using stories as a medium. A collection of Ruskin Bond's six novels, namely, The Room on the Roof, Vagrants in the Valley, Delhi is Not Far, A Flight of Pigeons, The Sensualist and A Handful of Nuts, this book is a fine addition to one's book collection.
Through these stories, we meet colourful characters with endearing personalities in some of the most beautiful locales of India. The author pours his soul out through these characters, which are in tune with the surrounding nature and also the fauna who thrive alongside. We meet Arun and Kamla, inhabitants of Pipalnagar, the former, a writer and the latter, a wise prostitute. Over time, the reader finds himself completely mesmerised by these characters and the incidents that shape their life.
Ruskin Bond wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof at a tender age of seventeen in 1957. A man of English origin, Bond stayed back in India, and found home in the serene valleys of Uttarakhand, where most of his stories are based. A winner of Sahitya Akademi award and a Padma Shri, his writing is often referred to as, charming, subtle and filled with an inherent sense of nostalgia, which is understood by audiences the world over, making Bond one of the bestselling authors of his time.
The amazing collection of stories in this book takes you back to the time when life was about the smaller things, when stories meant something and were always passed on with the help of vivid, animated narratives. So go on and order The Best of Ruskin Bond on India, and relive those glory days. The ISBN 10 number of this book is 0140246061 and its ISBN 13 number is 9780140246063, and it has been published in paperback by Penguin India.