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The Thief’s Story Summary Analysis and Explanation By Ruskin Bond
About the Author Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond (born 19 May 1934) is an Indian author of British descent. He lives with his adopted family in Landour, Mussoorie, India. The Indian Council for Child Education has recognised his role in the growth of children’s literature in India. He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, his novel in English. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
|19 May 1934 (age 86 years), Kasauli
|Bishop Cotton School shimla (1950)
|Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan
|7 Khoon Maaf, The Blue Umbrella, The Black Cat, Junoon, Ek Tha Rusty II
The Thief’s Story Summary of the Lesson
Anil was a young writer. He was living his life very carelessly. He was writing for the magazines and earning the money to run his life. One day Anil was watching the wrestling match. Hari best knew how to make unknown person a friend. He used an old formula to flatter the person. Hari stayed with Anil.
Anil promised him that he would teach him how to write and add numbers. He also taught him how to cook tasty food. Daily Hari Singh went to buy daily needs and had profit of one rupee daily. Anil knew it but he did not mind it. Both were living together happily.
One month passed, Hari Singh did not perform his business. One day he saw Anil had brought a bundle of notes. He saw him to put them under the mattress. As Hari saw the bundle of notes, his evil spirit awakened in his mind and he decided to rob Anil that night. After taking dinner Anil slept peacefully.
Hari could not sleep, he woke up. He crept to the bed and slipped his hand under the mattress. He found the notes and ran away on the road. Hari Singh made up his mind that he would go directly to the railway station and would catch the Lucknow Express.
He thought that Anil would not catch him if he ran away from the city. Hari Singh reached the railway station, Lucknow Express was about to go.
Suddenly the good spirit called him. The inner voice told him not to betray the faith of Anil. The train was moving but Hari did not dare to catch it. He was remembering the innocent face of Anil. Hari Singh thought what Anil would think about him.
Anil would not worry about the money but he might feel bad that a man had broken his faith. There was conflict in the mind of Hari Singh. He did not want to loose faith of Anil because he knew that Anil was a simple man.
Moreover Anil was teaching him how to write and add numbers which could change his life. He could become a respected person in the society.
He left the railway station. He came to the maidan and sat on the bench. Just then heavy rain started. It was the month of November. Chill wind started blowing. He felt more uncomfortable as he had cheated an innocent person.
His shirt and Pyjamas stuck to his body because it were wet due to the rain.
Then he went to the Clock Tower to save himself from the rain. He sat there under the tower. Suddenly he remembered his notes. He searched for it and found that all the notes were wet. He crept again and secretly put back money under the mattress.
The next day Anil woke up, prepared tea for Hari and himself. He handed over fifty rupees note to Hari and told him that he would be regularly paid now. Hari took the note and found that it was still wet. He understood that Anil knew about the last night’s episode.