The Elephant and the Cassorwary

by Ruskin Bond

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-4649-6
  2. Pages: 141 pages
  3. Date: May 2017


There was a clumsy flapping of wings, a tremendous swelling of the bird’s wattle, and an undignified getting up, as if it were a floored boxer doing his best to beat the count of ten.

Two mismatched animals meet and the result is a hilarious tale of how one got the better of the other. A photographer takes pictures of animals in the wild and writes about the hidden and mysterious world of the jungle. A tiger, used to its habitat, has to keep running from the humans who take up his home, till he has no more place for escape.

Filled with descriptions of animals both in the wild and at home, of jungles and of the people who wander the forests in search of animals, this collection contains stories that are exhilarating and thought-provoking.


Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years, and 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.

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 Mussoorie with his adopted family.

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