Tigers for Dinner:Tall Tales by Jim Corbett's Khansama is a short novel by Ruskin Bond, the famous Indian children's novelist of British descent. In the book, Bond recounts the stories that he heard from Mehmoud, the Khansama or cook, who came to work in his house with a testimonial from Jim Corbett. Bond, who has been recognised by the Indian council for Child Education for his pioneering role in the growth of children's literature in India, has been writing for more than sixty years and now has more than 120 titles in different genres of literature. The Room on the Roof, Bond's very first novel, helped him win the John Llewellyn Rhys award in the year 1957. In 1992, Bond was awarded with the Sahitya Akademi Award for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. He has also been awarded Padma Shree in 1999, and Padma Bhushan in 2014. This edition of the book was published in January, 2013, by Red Turtle.
Like other Ruskin bond Stories, Tigers for Dinner, too, is presented in a simple and picturesque manner and the captivating narrative style and lucid language makes it a must read both for children as well as adults. Tales of Mehmoud being carried away into the river by a crocodile, wrestling with a cobra in his bed, and a tiger coming in search of him left little Ruskin spellbound. These are just some of the tales that he has presented in this book. Incompetent maharajas, man-eating tigers, haunted pillows and missing kitchen assistants are what Mehmoud's stories revolve around and all of these have been vividly brought to life by Sunaina Coelho's enthralling illustrations. Apart from this book, other titles that helped Bond gain international fame include A Flight of Pigeons, Angry River, The Night Train at Deoli and other stories, etc. Those who buy books online, can easily find many of these at online bookstores listed on Junglee.com.
Like most of Bond's other works, Tigers for Dinner, too, became very popular among readers, irrespective of age groups. It is a surprisingly short yet refreshing read and helps one relive his childhood. The simple, entertaining style of storytelling makes it an ideal read for kids and it also portrays the particular era and its lifestyle. The book has 72 pages and the ISBN 10 for this book is 812912114X, while the ISBN 13 is 9788129121141.