Author – Ruskin Bond
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 150
Publisher – Rupa Publications
Ruskin Bond. There is hardly any reader in India who never read anything of Ruskin Bond. He is the most loved and respected author by all ages. Over the span of more than 60 years of his writing journey, he has written for all. Children’s books, novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and anthologies are to his credit. His books and short stories are made into television series and equally loved by everyone. He also writes for a leading Newspaper Column.
This book has stories of folklore, epics, and legends, fantasy, fairy tales and much more from the lands of India, Egypt, Newzealand and many other countries retold by Ruskin Bond with his characteristic storytelling.
In this book where one tale told the story of a Prince and his Pari Princess, the other story is a fairy tale comes from China. The story of wise parrot Hiramantota who brings the fruit of immortality to his mighty King to the ‘Green Man of Sinai’ who haunts the desert of Sinai is an ancient tale of Egypt. A tale from ‘The Thousand and One Nights’ which is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales comes alive in this book.
The wise Parrot has stories to delight and entertains readers of a new generation. If you are a fan of Ruskin Bond then this book is for you and if you haven’t read anything of him yet then go on with this book, I promise you won’t stop at only this book.
My first brush with his writing came when I was little and one of his stories are part of our curriculum. After that, my love for Ruskin Bond stories has only grown into an obsession.
Come back on Tuesday. I review one more book of Ruskin Bond new releases ‘The Elephant and the Cassowary’.
Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years, 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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