A collection of six novels by Ruskin Bond; six of the most famous works from the multiple awards winning Indian author. It is always a treat reading his books with its Indian essence and the stories that either takes us back to our past or lets us live lives of people somewhere in India. The collection includes: Delhi Is Not Far, A Flight of Pigeons, The Sensualist, A Handful of Nuts, The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley.
Delhi Is Not Far is a story about a struggling Urdu writer, Arun, and the life in a small town Pipalnagar where life is steady, and dreams are small. In A Fight of Pigeons, the small town of Shahjahanpur witnesses the murder of Ruth Labadoor's father in front of her eyes by a group of Indian rebels who are a part of 1857 mutiny. They also decide to wipe all the Britishers off the town. The Sensualist is an erotic and brutal story about a man who is obsessed of sexual desires and proceeds towards his own destruction. A Handful of Nuts is an adventurous tale in a small Indian town where the protagonist explores a youthful, glorious and funny life. The Room on the Roof is a coming of age book that Ruskin Bond has written he was just seventeen. It is a tale of young minds, their hopes, passions, friendship and love. The last story, Vagrants in the Valley, is a sequel to The Room on the Roof. It deals with the growing up an individual and the complexities that add up in one's life.
Known for his short stories, Ruskin Bond is an Indian children's author of British descent. He is an iconic children's author and has written more than 500 short stories and several novellas. The Sahitya Academi and Padma Shri awardee was just seventeen when he wrote The Room on the Roof, his first novel. Night Train at Deoli: And Other Stories is another famous work from the author. You can order online the paperback edition published by Penguin India with ISBN-10: 0143414666 and ISBN-13: 978-0143414667.