by Ruskin Bond
About the book: A CLASSIC COMING-OF-AGE STORY WHICH HAS HELD GENERATIONS OF READERS SPELLBOUND Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, is orphaned, and has to live with his English guardian in the claustrophobic European part in Dehra Dun. Unhappy with the strict ways of his guardian, Rusty runs away from home to live with his Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into the dream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and other aspects of Indian life, Rusty is enchanted . . . and is lost forever to the prim proprieties of the European community. This special edition marks the 60th anniversary of this award-winning book, written when the author was just seventeen. Poignant, heart-warming and an absolute classic, this book is forever a joy to read.
by Ruskin Bond
About the book: It was death at first sight . . . Miss Ripley-Bean was sitting on a bench beneath the deodars, having a quiet moment to herself, when suddenly two shadows, larger than life, appeared on the outside wall; they were struggling with each other. Only afterwards, when a dead body was discovered, did Miss Ripley-Bean realize she had witnessed a murder – and that the murderer had seen her . . . In this marvellous collection of brand-new stories set in the Mussoorie of a bygone era, Ruskin Bond recounts the deliciously sinister cases of a murdered priest, an adulterous couple, a man who is born evil, and the body in the box bed; not to forget the strange happenings involving the arsenic in the post, the strychnine in the cognac, a mysterious black dog, and the Daryaganj strangler. As the elderly Miss Ripley-Bean, her Tibetan terrier Fluff, her good friend Mr Lobo, the hotel pianist, and Nandu, the owner of the Royal, mull over the curious murders, the reader will be enthralled and delighted – until the murderer is finally revealed.
About the book: C.S.H. Jhabvala, a renowned architect, is also a remarkably gifted artist. His unrivalled knowledge of Delhi’s history is evident in this book, as is his eye for the city’s quirky corners, its chaos and colour. For his Delhi is a city not just of palaces, mosques and tombs, but also of obscure streets and squares, of overgrown gardens, crumbling bungalows and urban villages. Successive dynasties, rulers and epochs have created their own Delhis, and though much has been demolished, uprooted or hemmed in by new constructions in the process, the remains of all these different Delhis still survive. In his wanderings around Delhi, the author has stumbled upon them, and recorded his discoveries in informative and entertaining words, as well as wonderfully evocative pencil sketches. Together, these constitute an invaluable record of the many “ineradicable” Delhi that co-exist with the modern metropolis -- from the remains of ancient Hindu temples used to construct the 12th-century monuments of the Sultanate, to the buildings, villages and neighbourhoods created by the Tughlaqs, the Lodis, the Mughals and the British Raj. This is a book that will not only delight those who love Delhi’s historic monuments, it will also awaken in many others a desire to explore and rediscover the city’s lesser-known treasures