Author: Ruskin BondPublisher: Penguin/VikingYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 135ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670049271
Based on true events and filmed as Junoon, this narrative is a haunting story, rich in detail and drama and told with Ruskin Bond's trademark simplicity and deep humanity.Set in Shahjahanpur during the revolt of 1857, A Flight of Pigeons is Ruskin Bond's classic novella about the twists of fate, history and the human heart.When Ruth Labadoor's father, a clerk in the British Magistrate's office , skilled in an attack by sepoys, her family took refuge with their trusted companion, Lala Ramjimal. From here they eventually hope to escape to their relatives in Bareilly. But their plans go awry when Javed Khan, a fiery Pathan opposed to the British, abducts Ruth and her mother and takes them this haveli. To their surprise, it is not hate that impels him in this time of war, but an almost crippling passion for Ruth. It will be months before the fall of Delhi to British troops brings them freedom - from fear and bafflement, and from despair, not only their own but also Javed Khan's.
IntroductionPrologueAt the ChurchLala RamjimalIn Lala's HouseA Change of NameAnother NawabCaught!Javed KhanGuests of the PathanPiloo's FateFurther AlarmsAnother ProposalOn SnowThe RainsWhite PigeonsThe Impatience of Javed KhanA Visit from KothiwaliThe Fall of DelhiBehind the CurtainThe Battle3 of BichpuriIn Flight AgainThe Final JourneyNotes