The Wise Parrot

by Ruskin Bond

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-4648-9
  2. Pages: 151 pages
  3. Date: May 2017


Once upon a time, there was a Raja who owned a parrot, and its name was Hiramantota.

Delving into stories from folklore, epics and legends, Ruskin Bond brings to life a cast of fantastic and extraordinary characters. From the wise parrot Hiramantota who brings the fruit of immortality to the king but suffers grievously for it, to the Green Man of Sinai, who now haunts the desert of Sinai; from the boy wonder Jivaka who can solve all sorts of problems, to Sindbad the sailor, who has magical adventures on his voyages, these stories are as exciting as they are unforgettable.

Retold here by Ruskin Bond with his characteristic wit, The Wise Parrot is a treasure trove of tales that is sure to delight and entertain a new generation of readers.


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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