Stories Short and Sweet by Ruskin Bond is a collection of his choicest short stories capturing the myriad facets of life in the hills. Humour, nostalgia, love, friendship, trust and betrayal – Bond captures every mood that makes our life worth remembering. From the nostalgia of country life revisited in When the Tress Walked, to the beautiful bond of friendship formed between an old widow and a young boy owing to their shared love of flowers in A Bouquet of Love. From a mischievous ghost in A-haunting He would Go to a little boy craving for sweets in The Wild Fruit – this collection encapsulates the magic of extraordinary emotions seen in ordinary lives. Every story is delicately woven into a memorable vignette set in the backdrop of the countryside or the middle class urban life. The vibrancy of themes and the rich cast of characters make it a fascinating read.