The reading stint for the year 2014 began with this book by one of the India’s most loved authors. He is the most effortless storyteller I have ever come across. You have an instant connect with whatever he writes and I personally believe that nobody can describe nature and its elements better than him. Tales Of Fosterganj is set up in Fosterganj, a small quaint hamlet near Mussoorie in the 1960s.
A writer from Delhi while exploring the regions around Mussoorie passes through Fosterganj and after seeing the calmness and serenity that the place offered him, he decides to spend some time her while he was working on his next book. He looks after a place to stay and instantly takes it up because of the view that his bathroom’s window offered. Slowly and steadily, he gets to know people living in Fosterganj and each one of them had a story to tell and soon our very own writer becomes a part of their stories.
There is Mr. Foster, a drunkard, who cooks up various stories to siphon off money from people to cater to his drinking habits. A pick-pocket trying to make it big but is too used to habit of picking pockets. Hassan, a baker, whose place the writer had rented. Vishaal, the banker manager, a mother and her son living in the old palace which is believed to be haunted by the inhabitants of Fosterganj. All these people have various insights and stories to tell about the place and the writer discovers about all this and a lot more as he explores the place and becomes the part of unusual adventures such as close encounters with a leopard, a night spent in the haunted palace, looking for lizards and some more.
Since the beginning, till the very end, the curious quotient of the story has been maintained by the author. As a reader, you would feel there is nothing extra-ordinary that is going to happen in the book, but still you read on and read this book till the end and feel satisfied. That is the beauty of Ruskin Bond’s books. Tales Of Fosterganj is a book that you may want to carry with you on a 2 long flight, sip on some coffee or juice and keep turning pages. Its light, breezy, intriguing and fun at the same time.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Aleph Book Company
Genre : Fiction
Price : Rs. 295/-