Voting at Fosterganj by Ruskin Bond -Review

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Name         – Voting at Fosterganj

Author                  – Ruskin Bond
Publisher              – Rupa Publications 
Number of Pages – 123
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  – Paperback
                    – 195

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Rating : 4.5

My Review

Voting at Fosterganj is an anthology comprising of 17 stories. Most of the stories, as author mentions, had characters which appear in his book ‘Tales of Fosterganj’. Ruskin bond had proved his talent in portraying the lives of small towns on large platforms. This book is also an out and out witty Ruskin Bond work.
Readers can see through the simplicity of the village life. ‘Monkey trouble’ is my favourite. All through the story, I have been smiling. The way the monkey made his Aunt’s life he’ll is ironically funny. The story ‘Snake trouble’ is also a same pattern. ‘Voting at Fosterganj’ and ‘Foster at Fosterganj’ tells us that there is exploitation and treachery even in villages. ‘Most beautiful’ touches the emotional cord and stays with us even after completing the book.

The book is a light read on one hand and a thought provoker on the other. The title could have been ‘India I carried with me’ because this tells everything about the author and the book more than the real title. Nevertheless there can be apples of discord regarding the usage of some terms like retard. 

This review is in return of a free book from the publisher  

About the author

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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