Mulk Raj Anand, novelist, short story writer, essayist and art critic, along with Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan, is frequently referred to as ‘founding father’ of Indo-English writing. He began his career by writing for T.S. Eliot’s Criterion and went on to win international fame with his heart-warming portraits of the Indian landscape and its people.
Anand’s prolific writing career spanned more than 75 years, during which he was widely identified with the quest for a just, equitable, and forward-looking India. He wrote extensively in areas as diverse as art and sculpture, politics, Indian literature and the history of ideas.
This volume of short stories is remarkable for the variety of its inspiration.
‘Anand is an excellent raconteur, telling a story with grace and point. He commands an easy urbane style… The stories have the power to charm.’ — Weekend Review
‘Anand’s picture is real, comprehensive, and subtle, and the shifts in moods, from farce to comedy, from pathos to tragedy, and from the realistic to the poetic, are remarkable.’ — V S Pritchett, British Literary Critic