Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children’s authors and a top novelist. I have heard many people being a fan of Ruskin Bond’s writing and hence I always wanted read one for myself. However if you are like me who is picking your first book by Ruskin Bond, then this book is not for you. This is basically a collection of short horror stories that the author has compiled from around the globe. There is only one story by Ruskin Bond himself but I believe that is the spookiest among the lot.
I am big fan of the horror genre in itself but I haven’t tried ever in the literature and most of the times disappointed by other art mediums. But to my relief reading horror is not same as watching horror and if the story line is good then it might definitely give you a chill down your spine. However since I am not a big fan of short stories, this book was little bit of miss for me. So, if you are again like me who enjoys full length fiction over short stories, then I would say that you can skip this book.
Now talking about the stories. The stories are well written with easy language and good comprehension. There are in total 10 short stories in which few of them are really good and instantly became my favorites and for few of them I have to drag myself to complete it. So, all in all it’s a mixed experience for me. I look forward to read another books by Ruskin Bond in future.
I would recommend it to anyone who like short story and looking for a light read in horror genre and the stories are not that intense.
My Ratings: 3 star