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Best Indian Stories for Children | Four iconic and timeless books | Must have on every bookshelf

Best Indian Stories for Children | Four iconic and timeless books | Must have on every bookshelf

| Perfect for gifting

R K Narayan
,
Anita Desai
,
Ruskin Bond
,
Sudha Murty (Ed.)
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Enjoy reading masterfully crafted stories for children by four all-time favourite authors. Dive into extraordinary landscapes, meet evergreen characters and get immersed in the magic of these classic tales that is sure to spark a love for reading and literature!

Malgudi Adventures by R K Narayan
After the tremendous success of Malgudi Schooldays, R K Narayan wrote his second master piece. The story is all about the escapades of Swami and his friends in the magical South Indian small town of Malgudi.
The unforgettable story of Babu, who, in trying to set up the lights for his sisters? Navaratri exhibition, manages to throw the entire household into gloom. The book also tells the tale of A snake charmer boy who grows up with a monkey named Rama as his friend; and of Raju, who decides to turn into a guide when a train station is established at Malgudi. The book also describes the story of Chandran, who has fallen in love with the banks of the Sarayu river and of the hilarious continuation of the events that reveals when Raja the tiger decides to take shelter in the local school. So the story of this book is very interesting and rejuvenating.

The Adventures of Rusty by Ruskin Bond

Rusty, the boy whose stories have charmed and entertained children for years, brings together his best adventures in one volume!

From the time he was a boy living with his grandparents in Dehra, surrounded by an assortment of odd animals, people and relatives, to when he gets sent away to school, then makes his way to London and becomes a writer, Rusty’s had more adventures than we can count.

This omnibus edition contains his best, funniest, most exciting escapades. In these pages, there’s Toto, the monkey that travelled in a bag on a train; an encounter with a leopard; life as a young writer in faraway London; and the return home to roots that were always loved and never forgotten.

An evergreen classic of children’s writing in India, The Adventures of Rusty will be enjoyed like never before.

Grandma’s Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty

Who can resist a good story, especially when it’s being told by Grandma? From her bag emerge tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Meet a bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who was turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk and many more weird, wonderful people and animals.

This beloved and bestselling collection of stories by India’s favourite author, Sudha Murty, has sold countless number of copies and entertained generations of children in the subcontinent.

A Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

Untouched by the twentieth century, Thul, the small fishing village near Bombay, is still ruled by the age-old seasonal rhythms. Hari and Lila have lived in the village all their lives, but their family is now desperately down on its luck. Their father drinks; their mother is seriously ill; and there is no money to keep them fed and clothed. Delicately and exquisitely executed, Anita Desai’s gentle and probing story traces the evolution of Hari and Lila into adults as each of them faces the family’s predicament—just as the first signs of industrial India creep into their village.

Why you should buy this set:

  1. Written by renowned authors—R K Narayan, Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Anita Desai—that bring in a diverse style of writing
  2. Includes perennial favourites: Malgudi Adventures, The Adventures of Rusty, Grandma’s Bag of Stories and A Village by the Sea
  3. These stories cover varied themes and impart timeless wisdom
  4. Features irresistible plot lines and memorable characters
  5. Perfect for schools, libraries and festive season

Imprint: India Puffin

Published: Dec/2023

ISBN: 9780143464853

Length : 1028 Pages

MRP : ₹999.00

Best Indian Stories for Children | Four iconic and timeless books | Must have on every bookshelf

| Perfect for gifting

R K Narayan
,
Anita Desai
,
Ruskin Bond
,
Sudha Murty (Ed.)

Enjoy reading masterfully crafted stories for children by four all-time favourite authors. Dive into extraordinary landscapes, meet evergreen characters and get immersed in the magic of these classic tales that is sure to spark a love for reading and literature!

Malgudi Adventures by R K Narayan
After the tremendous success of Malgudi Schooldays, R K Narayan wrote his second master piece. The story is all about the escapades of Swami and his friends in the magical South Indian small town of Malgudi.
The unforgettable story of Babu, who, in trying to set up the lights for his sisters? Navaratri exhibition, manages to throw the entire household into gloom. The book also tells the tale of A snake charmer boy who grows up with a monkey named Rama as his friend; and of Raju, who decides to turn into a guide when a train station is established at Malgudi. The book also describes the story of Chandran, who has fallen in love with the banks of the Sarayu river and of the hilarious continuation of the events that reveals when Raja the tiger decides to take shelter in the local school. So the story of this book is very interesting and rejuvenating.

The Adventures of Rusty by Ruskin Bond

Rusty, the boy whose stories have charmed and entertained children for years, brings together his best adventures in one volume!

From the time he was a boy living with his grandparents in Dehra, surrounded by an assortment of odd animals, people and relatives, to when he gets sent away to school, then makes his way to London and becomes a writer, Rusty’s had more adventures than we can count.

This omnibus edition contains his best, funniest, most exciting escapades. In these pages, there’s Toto, the monkey that travelled in a bag on a train; an encounter with a leopard; life as a young writer in faraway London; and the return home to roots that were always loved and never forgotten.

An evergreen classic of children’s writing in India, The Adventures of Rusty will be enjoyed like never before.

Grandma’s Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty

Who can resist a good story, especially when it’s being told by Grandma? From her bag emerge tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Meet a bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who was turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk and many more weird, wonderful people and animals.

This beloved and bestselling collection of stories by India’s favourite author, Sudha Murty, has sold countless number of copies and entertained generations of children in the subcontinent.

A Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

Untouched by the twentieth century, Thul, the small fishing village near Bombay, is still ruled by the age-old seasonal rhythms. Hari and Lila have lived in the village all their lives, but their family is now desperately down on its luck. Their father drinks; their mother is seriously ill; and there is no money to keep them fed and clothed. Delicately and exquisitely executed, Anita Desai’s gentle and probing story traces the evolution of Hari and Lila into adults as each of them faces the family’s predicament—just as the first signs of industrial India creep into their village.

Why you should buy this set:

  1. Written by renowned authors—R K Narayan, Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Anita Desai—that bring in a diverse style of writing
  2. Includes perennial favourites: Malgudi Adventures, The Adventures of Rusty, Grandma’s Bag of Stories and A Village by the Sea
  3. These stories cover varied themes and impart timeless wisdom
  4. Features irresistible plot lines and memorable characters
  5. Perfect for schools, libraries and festive season
Buying Options
Paperback / Hardback

R K Narayan

R. K. Narayan's writing spans the greatest period of change in modern Indian history, from the days of the Raj with Swami and Friends (1935) to the years of political unrest with The Painter of Signs (1976). He has published numerous collections of short stories, including Malgudi Days (1982) and Under the Banyan Tree (1985), and several works of non-fiction. His final work was The Grandmother's Tale: Three Novellas (1993). R. K. Narayan died in 2001.

Anita Desai

Anita Desai is the author of many novels and short stories and has written widely for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times for her novels Clear Light of Day, In Custody and Fasting, Feasting. She is the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Royal Society of Literature.

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond, born in Kasauli in 1934, grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, which was written when he was seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas (including Vagrants in the Valley and A Flight of Pigeons) and more than forty books for children. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India in 1992, the Padma Shri in 1999, the Delhi government's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his contribution to literature.


Ruskin lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his extended family.

Sudha Murty (Ed.)

Sudha Murty is India’s biggest-selling woman author. Among her most popular non-fiction works are Wise and Otherwise, The Old Man and His God, The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk and How I Taught My Grandmother to Read.

‘Bond’ with Nature: All-Time Favourite Nature Stories

Dive into the enchanting world of Ruskin Bond, one of India’s most beloved authors, as he takes us on a literary journey through his latest book, All-Time Favourite Nature Stories. With tales that touch the heart and soul, Bond reminds us of the importance of connecting with nature and finding comfort in its earthy embrace. […]

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