‘Did you see him shoot a tiger?’ I asked.
‘Oh, many times,’ said Mehmoud. ‘A tiger a week—that was nothing to
‘Did the tigers come to the house, or did you go looking for them?’
Thus starts Mehmoud’s stories about working as khansama, or cook, for the
great shikari Jim Corbett. As deft with his stories as he is with koftas, lamb
chops, pies and milkshakes, Mehmoud has a tall tale for every occasion.
From wrestling with a cobra in his bed, being carried away into the river by a
muggermuch, to when a tiger came looking for the cook, these stories leave
little Ruskin spellbound.
Join Mehmoud in the kitchen as he cooks up one delectable meal after
another, and gobble down his delicious stories of man-eating tigers,
incompetent maharajas, missing kitchen boys and haunted pillows, all
brought vividly to life by Sunaina Coelho’s captivating illustrations.
Author of the Book:
Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years, and has now over 120
titles in print—novels, collections of stories, poetry, essays, anthologies
and books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, received
the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys award in 1957. He has also received
the Padma Shri, and two awards from the Sahitya Akademi—one for his
short stories and another for his writings for children. In 2012, the Delhi
government presented him with its Lifetime Achievement award.