Boyhood Dreams and Other Tales


Authors: Ruskin Bond

9789353336707 | PB | pp. 224 | 2019 | Rupa Publications

This is a compilation of some of the author’s finest short stories for children. There are tales of love, some stories derived from his childhood memories as well as some animal stories.

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Dreams—what are they made of? One spoon of hope, a scoop of passion and a drizzle of fantasy! It is the quickest escape route to our happy place—where the fountain of joy is never-ending. Ask just about anyone, and see them telling you their deepest desires with misty eyes and soft smiles… Just like Kamal, a lanky young boy, selling knick-knacks on the streets of Shahganj for a living. Resilient as a tree, he smiles through his misfortunes and has big dreams of going to bigger cities. Or Suraj, who’s bored of town life but fascinated by the forest, its inhabitants and the night mail, and comes back again and again to listen to the tales woven by the forest watchman. Or like the pair of quirky oddballs at a boarding school in Shimla who become best of friends, and dream of escaping the violence of the Partition through a secret tunnel… Bringing together the finest writings of Ruskin Bond, Boyhood Dreams and Other Tales will enchant those who dream with their eyes open!

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About the Author

The author has been writing for over sixty years, and now has over 120 titles in print—novels, collections of short stories, poetry, essays, anthologies and books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, received the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957. He has also received the Padma Shri (1999), the Padma Bhushan (2014) and two awards from 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.


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