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The Kitemaker: Stories

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Filled with characteristic warmth, gentle humour and keen observations on daily life, this collection brings together some of the finest short fiction by one of India’s best-loved authors.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books India (first published January 1st 2005)
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Srikumar Krishna Iyer This is a collection of stories, mostly from Bond's own experience, where he is the hero himself, in few stories the respective characters take center…moreThis is a collection of stories, mostly from Bond's own experience, where he is the hero himself, in few stories the respective characters take center stage, eg: in Kitemaker, obviously, the kitemaker is the protagonist..(less)

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Kunal Sen
Dec 19, 2011 Kunal Sen rated it liked it
“The Kitemaker: Stories” (by Ruskin Bond, publishers: Penguin Evergreens)- A Review

The first story, ‘Life with Father’, is a fitting start to the book. At once, in its beguiling simplicity and compassionate monochrome, it embodies all good things Ruskin Bond has come to be known for. In this story, he paints the picture of a year spent with his father. It is a picture in retrospect, painted not with CGI but on a drawing sheet with water colors, 32 in a set. The story tangentially also speaks abo
Avirup Sen
Jun 11, 2016 Avirup Sen rated it really liked it
Ruskin Bond is a master of simple yet nuanced storytelling using atmosphere and imagery to breathe new life into simple tales and experiences. In the Kitemaker , we get a set of stories that ring close to this personal life, told beautifully with its soul in the right place.

The initial two stories speak about his childhood through the trauma of separation of his parents and his experiences with his father which has highs and lows and a heart wrenching finale. The next three stories are more at e
Dec 24, 2015 Sandeep rated it liked it
Rating 3.25 / 5
Jul 31, 2014 Lester rated it liked it
I had heard a lot about Ruskin Bond, so picked up this short collection of stories. The style is very endearing, and easy to read. I can see why he became a known author. The stories themselves are very varied. A couple I just did not like at all, but most were written in the first person. The start was autobiographical, and so the most interesting stories for me were those where weird and wonderful characters turned up, and I was never sure if he was still being autobiographical or not!
Neha Santwani
Jun 10, 2016 Neha Santwani rated it liked it
Like his way of writing, simple and charming. Bunch of interesting and not so interesting stories, was pleasantly surprised to know that he has spent quite some years in my hometown Jamnagar during his primary childhood days :)
Srikumar Krishna Iyer
Jan 03, 2016 Srikumar Krishna Iyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond.
I am just starting to exploring his work, and was worried that it shouldn't be a children's classic, its not, and its a very nice collection of his growing up years, when he was a struggling writer & also going through his parent's seperation, being moved from his father to his mother (after his death), to his grandmother's home in Calcutta (after mom's 2nd marriage), eventually decided to roam around alone, probably all the great stories (lik
Oct 10, 2013 Mradul rated it it was amazing
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"SIMPLICITY" is all i can say for Mr.Bond. You do not need to have tonnes of difficult words or the vocabulary of highest standard if you are master at expressing the "EMOTION". The boy who broke the bank and He said it with arsenic are pick of the stories.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
This collection is really interesting, though all the stories are good
I like the following stories

1. The Boy who broke the bank
2. The Kitemaker
3. A face in the dark
4. He said it with arsenic
5. The last time I saw Delhi

Nov 30, 2012 Aarjavi rated it liked it
Shelves: india
It is Ruskin Bond's detailed narrative and his keen observations on daily life which makes his simple stories appear so surreal.
Some stories were nice while some were okay. 2.5 stars
Nikita Sharma
I love the way ruskin bond portrays what he want to and that too in such a simple style! must read for all bond fans!
stories from the authors own life, stories to cherish...written in simple style!
Dec 21, 2012 Sharjeel rated it really liked it
simple as only bond can be...
Mirang Shah
Feb 13, 2013 Mirang Shah rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Simply Superb !
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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.

He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have establi
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