From the time he was a boy living with his grandparents in Dehra, surrounded by an assortment of odd animals, people and relatives, to when he gets sent away to school, then makes his way to London and becomes a writer, Rusty has had more adventures than we can count. The Adventures of Rusty brings together his best, funniest, most exciting escapades. There's Toto, the monkey that travelled in a bag in a train; life as a young writer in faraway London; and more.
Ruskin Bond’s stories are predominantly set in the beautiful hill country of Garhwal, where he has made his home for the last 25 years. Some of these stories present people who, consciously or otherwise, need each other: people in love or in need of love, the awkward adolescent and the timid lover. Some are gently satirical studies about village and small-town braggarts and petty officials. Several others mourn the gradual erosion of the beauty of the hills (and the gentle people who live on them) with the coming of the steel and dust and worries of modern civilization.
"Charming stories, fantastic reader!"
This brilliant new collection of stories by one of India s best-loved storytellers richly evokes Dehradun of the 1940s, with its quaint cinema halls and crumbling villas, its modest chaat-shops and ubiquitous tongas. But, as young Ruskin the narrator in these interconnected tales soon discovers, not all is as it seems in this sleepy town. Behind the tranquil facade, Dehra is home to a cast of colourful characters: from plucky old women to possible murderers.
When Kamal and his friends gather at Javed Khan's Kashmiri shop at Landour bazaar, he enthralls them with his stories of princes and kings, fairies and magical animals, supermen and cunning traders. Come, sit around the fire with Kamal, Shashi, Anil, Madhu, and Vijay while they listen to Javed Khan's stories of the monkey bride, the man who got swallowed by a mosquito, the bent-up double beggar who angered a ghost, and many other tales from Kashmir and beyond.