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The Very Best of Ruskin Bond The Writer on the Hill (Selected Fiction and Non - Fiction)

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The Very Best of Ruskin Bond The Writer on the Hill (Selected Fiction and Non - Fiction)

The Very Best of Ruskin Bond The Writer on the Hill (Selected Fiction and Non - Fiction)

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Item Code: NAH214
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788129129864
Pages: 408
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 380 gms
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About the Book

One of India’s finest and most prolific writers, RUSKIN BOND has been putting pen to paper for well over six decades. Since The Room on the Roof-his award-winning debut novel which introduced readers to the unforgettable Rusty, the orphan from Dehradun-Bond has created characters both charming and eccentric, which have endured in popular imagination. And, in what is perhaps his most towering achievement, Bond has brought to pulsing life the mountains, valleys and rivers of Garhwal, as well as the quiet magic of small, tucked-away places, in book after book.

The Writer on the Hill is a comprehensive selection of Bond’s fiction and non-fiction, both popular and little-known. In ‘Masterji’, a young man meets his old Hindi teacher on a train platform, in handcuffs. In the excerpt from, The Room on the Roof. Rusty stands up to his bullying guardian. ‘Man and Leopard’ describes, in mesmerizing prose, a heart-breaking encounter between man and the wild. And, in ‘Once upon a Mountain Time’, Bond creates a charming portrait of his little patch of earth in Mussoorie.

A tribute to one of the most popular and loved writers of India, The Writer on the Hill is also a celebration of the quiet, unhurried life, lived at one’s own pace. This volume will delight Bond’s fans everywhere.

About the Author

Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years, and has now over 120 tides in print-novels, collections of stories, poetry, essays, anthologies and books for children. His most recent work is the novel, Tales of Fosterganj. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, received the prestigious John L1ewellyn Rhys award in 1957. He has also received 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. Ruskin Bond was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 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 Mussoorie with his adopted family.

Contents

Selected Fiction
1950s: Dehra
The Thief’s Story4
The Room on the Roof (An Excerpt)8
The Crooked Tree22
The Eyes Have It33
The Woman on Platform No. 837
The Fight42
The Photograph48
1960s and 1970s: Maplewood Lodge, Mussoorie
A Case for Inspector Lal52
Masterji59
A Face in the Dark63
The Tunnel65
The Kitemaker71
Most Beautiful75
The Cherry Tree82
He Said It with Arsenic86
The Last Time I Saw Delhi94
The Blue Umbrella99
1980s and Onwards: Ivy Cottage, Mussoorie
A Long Walk for Bina120
From Small Beginnings140
The Funeral151
The Monkeys155
Wilson’s Bridge160
The Playing Fields of Simla165
The Superior Man171
The Hare in the Moon175
Toria and the Daughter of the Sun178
Selected Non-Fiction
1960s and 1970s: Maplewood Lodge
Colonel Gardner and the Princess of Cam bay186
The Lady of Sardhana192
A Hill Station’s Vintage Murders199
Grandfather’s Earthquake202
A Village in Garhwal206
Once upon a Mountain Time215
Voting at Barlowganj242
Sounds I Like to Hear249
Bhabiji’s House252
Break of the Monsoon263
To See a Tiger266
In Grandfather’s Garden269
Man and Leopard274
1980s and Onwards: Ivy Cottage
Landour Bazaar282
Ganga Descends289
Great Trees of Garhwal295
Birdsong in the Hills300
Children of India306
Friends of My Youth311
Some Hill Station Ghosts324
Parry Time in Mussoorie330
The Walkers’ Club335
Love Thy Critic340
Those Simple Things342
A Good Philosophy344
Life at My Own Pace346
Upon an Old Wall Dreaming356
Nina359
The Road to Badrinarh361
The Good Earth368
A Night Walk Home373
The Beetle Who Blundered In376
Some Plants Become Friends379
Rainy Day in June381
The Old Gramophone382
Who Kissed Me in the Dark?385
Joyfully I Write390

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