Tales of fostering by Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond is a striking novel with delightful and unusual characters. Its wit and effortless humour is a compelling and captivating read. Summary of the book The story is set in an imaginary suburb on the outskirts of mussourie, the one made famous by his fabulous stories. Ruskin Bond’s graceful skill for story-telling is yet again brought out in this book. He makes simplicity the most desirable and the most beautiful virtue. With a subtle humour, the book unravels the myriad colours and faces of its characters in an unassuming elegance. A must read for Ruskin Bond’s fans. Like most of his books talking about Hill stations and foothills of the great Himalayas, tales of fostering also paints pictures that evoke a spectrum of emotions.