One really can’t talk about modern Indian writers without mentioning Ruskin Bond. This man is one of the most wonderful storytellers of our time. His stories are simple yet evocative. He takes us back to an India that has sadly vanished, where hill-stations were still thickly forested and populated with big cats; where people and time itself moved more slowly; and where the simple pleasures of life were enough. The themes are everyday matters, but he captures an innocence and gentleness that seems to be lost in the world today, and which we are in dire need of. Ruskin Bond is one of those writers who quenches a reader’s thirst.