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. He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award, the most prestigious Indian award for literary writing in 1972.
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
'With great deftness, Anand pictures India... He impresses with his profound knowledge of Indian religion and culture.' — Books Abroad, USA
- The Price of Bananas — Dedicated to K K Hebbar
- A Village Wedding — Dedicated to Ramji Kak
- Things Have a Way of Working Out — Dedicated to Rajinder Singh Bedi
- The Gold Watch — Dedicated to Hugh Atkinson
- Five Short Fables — Dedicated to Ruth and Cyrus Jhabvala
- A True Story — Dedicated to Balwant Gargi
- The Wounded Dove — Dedicated to Pierre Cot
- Death of a Lady — Dedicated to Shirin Vajifdar
- The Story of an Anna — Dedicated to Razia Sajjad Zaheer
- Old Bapu — Dedicated to Khushwant Singh
- The Shadow of Death
- The Power of Darkness — Dedicated to S L