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Penguin UK, Dec 10, 2009 - Fiction - 168 pages
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‘Absorbing, spare and often deeply moving.’—Ruskin Bond ‘Wild tales with a difference...Hazarika’s empathy with all creatures great and small comes through in these absorbing, spare and often deeply moving stories. Life in the forests and small towns of Assam is brought vividly to life by a gifted writer.’ –Ruskin Bond A hunt goes brutally wrong in the jungles of Karbi Anglong. A young magistrate on a police raid is saved from inhumanity by the sight of a hen and her chicks. A solitary bachelor brings home a pigeon and learns the pain of loving a wild thing. An egret visits a man on a moonlit night. Three schoolboys chance upon a leopard and her kill in the hills outside Guwahati. In lean, taut prose Dhruba Hazarika writes of moments when men encounter animals and the natural world—often, also the moments when they encounter themselves. These are poignant, memorable stories from a literary imagination of uncommon honesty and sophistication.

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