When Ruth Labadoor's father, a clerk in the British magistrate's office, is killed in an attack by sepoys, her family seek refuge with their trusted companion, Lala Ramjimal. From here they eventually hope to escape to their relatives in Bareilly. But their plans go awry when Javed Khan, a fiery Pathan opposed to the British, abducts Ruth and her mother and takes them to his haveli. To their surprise, it is not hate that impels him in this time of war, but an almost crippling passion for Ruth. It will be months before the fall of Delhi to British troops brings them freedom—from fear, bafflement and despair, not only their own but also Javed Khan's.
Based on true events, A Flight of Pigeons is a haunting story, rich in detail and drama, told with Ruskin Bond's trademark simplicity and deep humanity.
Filmed as Junoon.
Available for the first time as an independent book from Penguin India.
'Ruskin Bond's novel is racy and exciting…and you read so fast you feel sorry the book (is not longer). But you cherish the warm, sad-happy feeling for a long time.'
— Sunday Tribune
'Bond's prose does not lose its serenity although it is deep and swift. The harmony of the words as they go rushing and humming along their shingly bed holds time in a suspended spell.'
|Book:||A Flight of Pigeons|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books India|
|Number of Pages:||144|
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