- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Rupa (1 December 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788171671076
- ISBN-13: 978-8171671076
- ASIN: 8171671071
- Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,72,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Strange Men Strange Places Paperback – 1 Dec 1992
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About the Author
Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India.
He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999.
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In his own absolutely inimitable simple and down to earth prose Ruskin Bond, the indefatigable chronicler of our times, brings to life some of the truly unbelievable visionaries, vagabonds and charlatans to life in this compilation. One also gets nuggets of information which would otherwise have escaped one's attention. Who would have thought that a small dusty town called Sardhana in Meerut district would still have the largest church in North India, or that the town of Karnal, now more famous for buffaloes, has played a small but significant role in the history of India !
This book is an absolute must read specially for those who would love to know some of the obscure details of our own history which have been ignored by the otherwise learned historians.
Within 92 pages, author briefed few stories and left me astounded by few facts about the advent of Postal system in India and Mail runners.
There are few personalities author talked about who are worth to read about. Personalities like Claude Martine, James Skinner who became Sikander to the Indians.
It's a good read.