Petals on the Ganga

by Ruskin Bond

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5333-397-3
  2. Pages: 112 pages
  3. Date: 20 March 2019


This collection by Ruskin Bond has stories that are mostly autobiographical, based on the theme of nature. In these heart-warming stories, Bond talks of the various elements of nature as if they are members of his family. He also endows the flora and fauna that he encounters with distinct personalities, and himself recedes into the background as a silent observer.

From the mountains to the trees, from the birds that fly to his cottage, bringing a whiff of the
faraway forests they come from, to the winding paths that lead to charming gardens, Petals on the Ganga will take you to nooks and corners, opening up scenes of myriad beauty.


Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of
several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from
three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie,
with his adopted family.

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