Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu

Jenny Bhatt

HarperCollins India, Rs 399

Dhumketu’s first collection of short stories ‘Tankha’ revolutionised the genre in India. Dhumketu was the pen name of Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, one of the foremost writers in Gujarati. Characterised by a fine sensitivity, deep humanism, perceptive observation and intimate knowledge of both rural and urban life, his fiction has provided entertainment and edification to generations of Gujarati readers and speakers. ‘Ratno Dholi’ brings together the first substantial collection of Dhumketu’s work to be available in English.

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