Unhurried Tales: My Favourite Novellas brings together, for the very first time, Ruskin Bond’s favourite (and finest) novellas. The stories in this book include Time Stops at Shamli (written in 1956 and published for the first time in 1987); The Blue Umbrella, which has been a bestseller for the last forty years; Angry River, which was a longer work when it was first written; Bus Stop, Pipalnagar; Night of the Leopard; The Last Tiger and Tales of Fosterganj, his latest novella, which was published in 2013.
These stories speak of a world that has long vanished, but it is a world that has lost none of its power to enchant. Whether we are accompanying Sita on her perilous journey down the angry river or Bisnu as he gets the better of a dangerous leopard, whether we delight in Binya’s joy at owning her blue umbrella or are saddened by the fate of the last tiger, whether we laugh uproariously at the antics of the eccentric guests at the ‘hotel’ in Shamli, get involved in the adventures of the boys in Pipalnagar or plunge into the various goings-on in the ‘backwater’ of Fosterganj, we are always entertained, always charmed. All the stories unwind in an unhurried way, even those that are filled with death-defying thrills and spills, and it is this quality that enables us to sink into them and experience to its fullest the magic of the fiction that Ruskin Bond has spun out of the hills and small towns of India for over sixty years.
About the Author
Ruskin Bond is the author of several bestselling novels and collections of short stories, essays and poems. These include the room on the roof (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize), a flight of pigeons, the night train at Deoli, time stops at shamli, our trees still grow in Dehra (winner of the Sahitya Academy Award), angry river, the blue umbrella, Delhi is not far, rain in the mountains, roads to Mussoorie, a little night music, tigers for dinner, tales of (No Suggestions), a gathering of friends and small towns, big stories. Ruskin Bond was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 1999, a lifetime achievement award by the Delhi government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.