Time stops at Shamli and other stories
by Ruskin BondEdition statement:1st ed. Published by : Penguin Books Physical details: 180 ISBN:0140128425.
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Ruskin Bonds characters who live for the most part in the countrys small towns and villagesare not the sort who make the headlines but are, nonetheless, remarkable for their quiet heroism, their grace under pressure and the manner in which they continue to cleave to the old values: honesty, fidelity, a deep-rooted faith in God, family and their neighbour. They do have problems, of coursethe sudden death of a loved parent, unfulfilled dreams, natural calamities, ghostly visitations, a respected teacher gone crooked, strangers who make a nuisance of themselves in a town marooned in timebut these are solved with a minimum of fuss and tremendous dignity. Taken together these stories are a magnificent evocation of real India by one of the countrys foremost writers.