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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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Ankit Saxena
Its a great collection of stories by Mr. Bond.

All stories are more than just interesting. I enjoyed all of them, but quite scared when reached to the 'A face in the dark'. That's somewhat scary. Short but SCARY.

The story I enjoyed the most are:
Life with Father
Time stops at Shamli
The Tunnel

The most funny was the "The Boy who broke the Bank".

The writing skills of Mr. Bond is far better than any other Indian writers of his times. Very well known as the Children's Writer, Mr. Ruskin bond is the epit
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The best thing about reading Ruskin Bond is his simple yet compelling art of narrating the details of the surroundings that we usually miss out. This book is a collection of some of his acclaimed short stories. Three of them are on his autobiographical account describing his correspondence with his father, his father's love towards him and how the failed marriage set off ripples of insecurity and stress on his childhood.
There are a couple of stories which reveals his romantic side. An affair at
Jul 31, 2014 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!
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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was there really a leopard in the tunnel ? i just adore whatever ruskin bond writes . every single story of this collection captivates imagination . i love the way ruskin describes solitude , how beautifully he creates those unbelievable images in readers mind .
KUDOS to ruskin bond . >_<
Kunal Sen
Dec 19, 2011 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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Bond is always an adventure, of the slow kind. One can feel time slowing down its pace as one goes over his carefully chosen words. This one is a collection of his short stories that has accrued the status of 'classics' over time, as well as a few autobiographical entries. Because I grew up on his stories, I remember most of the shorts and it was a joy going over them again. Reading this edition, in particular, had the effect of hearkening me back to an older, simpler time - a time I was ...more
Pallav Mishra
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Ruskin Bond’s stories remind me of my school years...especially the stary A Face in the Dark...
Avirup Sen
Jun 11, 2016 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
Srikumar Krishna Iyer
Oct 23, 2015 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
Harish Puvvula
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good that I finished the book in just one sitting. Tales of poignancy, humour, nostalgia, and irony.

The Boy Who Broke the Bank - humor and had O.Henry like twist.

Love is a sad song, Time Stops at Shamli - heart-warming tale of futile love.

A Face in the Dark - gave me goosebumps and who says horror stories need to be long winding? This story is a flash fiction.

Neha Santwani
Jun 07, 2016 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 :)
Oct 10, 2013 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

Asha Seth
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ruskin Bond's best ever short stories' collection. Delightful and every bit interesting.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Some of the stories are repeated from other story collections by Ruskin bond.
A pleasant read nonetheless
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating 3.25 / 5
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Mirang Shah
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Simply Superb !
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
simple as only bond can be...
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!
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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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