In dull and dusty Pipalnagar, each day is like another, and 'there is not exactly despair, but resignation'. Even the dreams here are small. Adrift among them, the narrator, Arun, a struggling writer of detective novels in Urdu, waits for inspiration to write a blockbuster. Meanwhile, he seeks reassurance in love, and finds it in unusual places: with the young prostitute Kamla, wise beyond her years; and the orphan Suraj, homeless and an epileptic, yet surprisingly optimistic about the future.
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Used availability for Ruskin Bond's Delhi Is Not Far
January 2003 : USA Hardback
May 2017 : UK Paperback
October 2005 : UK Paperback
May 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition