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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)

    Ruskin Bond, who is famous for his unique literary work including ghost stories, has compiled many stories in this book. You may read full review here http://www.haloofbooks.com/the-pengui... This book has 21 short stories written by many authors ranging from Rudyard Kipling to Arthur Conon Doyle to Satyajit Ray. The introduction is very interesting to read where the editor has elaborated how he became fond of ghost stories. There is also an instance in the book wherein Ruskin Bond mentions seeing Ruskin Bond, who is famous for his unique literary work including ghost stories, has compiled many stories in this book. You may read full review here http://www.haloofbooks.com/the-pengui... This book has 21 short stories written by many authors ranging from Rudyard Kipling to Arthur Conon Doyle to Satyajit Ray. The introduction is very interesting to read where the editor has elaborated how he became fond of ghost stories. There is also an instance in the book wherein Ruskin Bond mentions seeing the apparition of Rudyard Kipling during Penguin’s Puffin launching party. The first half of the book is dedicated to a foreign author who has set his ghost stories in British India. ‘The Brown Hand’ by Arthur Conan Doyle is a story where a deceased Indian person comes in search of his amputated hand in the lab of a surgeon. The best stories of Rudyard Kipling ‘The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes’ & ‘The Mark of the Beast’ are slow in pace but interestingly written. ‘The Werewolf” by C. A. Kincaid introduce you to the concept of the werewolf which is very famous since ages. ‘The Tail light’ by F. R. Corson is something beyond belief where a ghost signals a motorman to stop the train as the track is totally damaged by heavy rain. My favorites are the stories of Satyajit Ray ‘Fritz’ and ‘Ananth Babu’s Terror’. These stories are scary and I have never read any stories like these before. Other stories like ‘A Shade to Soon’, ‘The Red Hydrangea’, ‘The yellow-legged man’ ‘Ghost of Korya Khar’ are simply scary. The story ‘Topaz’ by Ruskin Bond is amazingly written with an unpredictable turn.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jigar Brahmbhatt

    Worth for the range it covers. Apart from the much anthologized Kingling tales (Mark of the Beast et al), it contains some pleasant surprises. Especially enjoyed the ones by Satyajit Ray (Fritz), a tale by Ruskin Bond, and some by obscure writers who used the British India as a setting, its sahibs and their obedient servants, engineers during the early Railway days, old crumbing temples, ravines filled with lepers, and the usual symbolism to good effect. Tales set in British India have to be abo Worth for the range it covers. Apart from the much anthologized Kingling tales (Mark of the Beast et al), it contains some pleasant surprises. Especially enjoyed the ones by Satyajit Ray (Fritz), a tale by Ruskin Bond, and some by obscure writers who used the British India as a setting, its sahibs and their obedient servants, engineers during the early Railway days, old crumbing temples, ravines filled with lepers, and the usual symbolism to good effect. Tales set in British India have to be about ghosts, ain't it? Like the appearance of a ghost or a witch is nothing unusual in a Shakespearean tale, a story set in the India at the dawn of the 20th century has its own share of ghosts lurking around or underneath the surface. They don't have to be explicit but even in the description of the most commonest things they manifest themselves. Maybe it has something to do with that bygone time. Its a genera in itself, and a dying one. While reading this book I felt that Ruskin Bond may just be the last of the Mohicans. Also, the cover art is pathetic :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Khyati

    utter timewaste...i was tempted to skip many pages in this book it was so boring...also hindu religion is highly misunderstood by the author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mahendranath Ramakrishnan

    From some rather boring, tedious-to-read stories to ones that literally made me look under my bed for any lurking horrors, this book has it all! This collection of horror stories, of that magician of words, Ruskin Bond, is a short and thrilling read. Save for the stories of folks like Kipling, Lafcadio Hearn, and Victor Banerjee, whose stories are really difficult to understand (or my vocabulary is bad?!), the others were wonderful. Set in the colonial era, and mostly in hilly regions of North I From some rather boring, tedious-to-read stories to ones that literally made me look under my bed for any lurking horrors, this book has it all! This collection of horror stories, of that magician of words, Ruskin Bond, is a short and thrilling read. Save for the stories of folks like Kipling, Lafcadio Hearn, and Victor Banerjee, whose stories are really difficult to understand (or my vocabulary is bad?!), the others were wonderful. Set in the colonial era, and mostly in hilly regions of North India, they serve as a good way to kill time. The good thing is, most of them are not 'traditional' horror. In fact, excepting one or two stories, there isn't much to fear about in this book. There won't be many hair-rising, goosebumps-inducing, spine-chilling tales here. Some stories were downright ludicrous, like 'The Fire-Jogi'. All the stories carry the colonial flare, mostly involving European colonists trying to survive in our seemingly mystic country. All in all, its a good reading. Not really Ruskin Bond-esque, but nevertheless, it will take you back in time to the times of the Raj where seemingly every train route, dak bungalow and village in the periphery of a forest, haunted by ghosts. A tip.. the reading experience might be enhanced when you do it while doing a night journey on an train through the vastness of India or you go to your grandparents' in a village for vacation. Oh also, like one other reviewer here pointed out, Penguin did a terrible work job with the cover art. In fact the only thing about this book that will haunt me for a long time, is the shitty image of that ghost on the book cover!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Inderpal

    A collection of short-stories set in the British-Indian era, the book has been compiled/edited by Ruskin Bond, with various authors, famous as well as little known. Bought it for children and ended up giving it a light read- the stories are nowhere near scary in the day, so much so that I had to make time for them in the night just to feel spooked a little; I, who stays far away from anything horror or paranormal. I guess that was the standard in the times of Rudyard Kipling? Says something when A collection of short-stories set in the British-Indian era, the book has been compiled/edited by Ruskin Bond, with various authors, famous as well as little known. Bought it for children and ended up giving it a light read- the stories are nowhere near scary in the day, so much so that I had to make time for them in the night just to feel spooked a little; I, who stays far away from anything horror or paranormal. I guess that was the standard in the times of Rudyard Kipling? Says something when the kids of 2017 can't wait for the snorefest to end, but oh well, a couple of these here or there, I really enjoyed. It was also funny to see Ruskin Bond being referred to as his own self in one of these stories! What will it be called, breaking the third wall?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charit

    Mellow and takes you to a different time and pace!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mala

    3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suvojit

    The title was which attracted me towards the book, and after finishing it, I say I am a little underwhelmed by the entirety of the collection. It's certainly not bad, and some stories genuinely give you the spooks (Like Rudyard Kipling's brilliant 'The Mark of the Beast'), but some of them are a bit bland and predictable. Nevertheless, these stories, most of them unheard of previously, now unearthed and neatly arranged in the form of a book by Ruskin Bond, are a joy to read. If not anything, the The title was which attracted me towards the book, and after finishing it, I say I am a little underwhelmed by the entirety of the collection. It's certainly not bad, and some stories genuinely give you the spooks (Like Rudyard Kipling's brilliant 'The Mark of the Beast'), but some of them are a bit bland and predictable. Nevertheless, these stories, most of them unheard of previously, now unearthed and neatly arranged in the form of a book by Ruskin Bond, are a joy to read. If not anything, they give you a glimpse of India's colonial past, peeking into the minds of then-Sahibs. So all in all, a good read, and a must for any ghost stories fan.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rohin

    I'm a hopeless fan of Ruskin Bond's writings. The stories in this book gives his perspective about the supernatural. In effortless manner, the storytelling haunts and floats, creating an open-endedness in scenes of a long forgotten version of India. The key lesson to take away is that not all ghosts are frightening! I'm a hopeless fan of Ruskin Bond's writings. The stories in this book gives his perspective about the supernatural. In effortless manner, the storytelling haunts and floats, creating an open-endedness in scenes of a long forgotten version of India. The key lesson to take away is that not all ghosts are frightening!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Altamash

    In this book there are ghost stories edited by Ruskin Bond and few stories which he wrote. Its a nice collection. His style of writing will take you in the book and make you the centre of the story. Well Ruskin is all time favourite...

  11. 5 out of 5

    ~Joe Jonas lvr~ Karishma

    really scary stories tho its hard to understand...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shantanu Chaudhary

    some of the stories were really good..

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mehwish Mughal

    A good collection!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gayathri

    Terrifying!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookie

    good

  16. 5 out of 5

    Asawari

    Gripping :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Madhavi

    Stories particularly by Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray, O.V Vijayan are a must read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Binoy

    good stories ...bad stories ...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    There are very few compilations of 'Indian' ghost stories - so this is a find and has a selection from Indian and expat writer's stories written over a century. There are very few compilations of 'Indian' ghost stories - so this is a find and has a selection from Indian and expat writer's stories written over a century.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Somesh kaashyap

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gargee Biswas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anmol Gupta

  24. 5 out of 5

    Prasanta Katoch

  25. 5 out of 5

    Parampreet Singh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siva

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dharmesh Yadav

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kindle School 22

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madhubanti

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa das

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