Tales from the Hills

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1960s & '70s

Peter E.Greene

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The story consists of nine short stories. It describes the story of a boy growing up in the Blue Mountain District of South India and the various characters he encounters in the hill towns that he lived in.



Short Summary

The beginning of the story describes the experiences of the boy visiting a flour mill to grind some wheat into flour and the characters he encounters at the flour mill.

The story ends with the boy saying goodbye to his hometown and joining the Indian Navy.


The story is set in the hill towns of Coonoor, Ooty and Ketti in the Nilgiri District of South India.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Peter Greene

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Soosai the Sorcerer

Age: expired

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Villainous

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Development Pitch

There is never a dull moment in this collection of short stories. The characters are interesting and fascinating and will grab the attention of any reader or viewer and make them spell bound! There is Soosai the sorcery and his practice of black arts or Emily the maid servants remedy to cast off the evil eye, school students playing truant or a scary head hunting tale. I believe this story has potential to be made into a film.

About The Author

Peter Ernest Greene was born in 1951 in Cochin, Kerala, India. Peter belongs to the Anglo-Indian community. He left Cochin at the age of four and lived in Coonoor and Ketti in the beautiful Nilgiri District of Southern India.He studied at Stanes Higher Secondary School in Coonoor and joined the Indian Navy in 1969 in the Electrical (Radio) branch. He saw action in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and was awarded the Sangram Medal, The Poorvi (Eastern) Star and the Nao Sena Medal. In 1977, he was sent to the Soviet Union for training at the Naval Officer's College in Izmail, Ukrainian Republic. He learnt to read, write and speak in Russian. He was part of the Commissioning crew of a Soviet built minesweeper at Riga in the Latvian Republic. Peter left the Navy in 1980 as a Petty Officer. He met and married June Yates in Bangalore, India and has two sons. Peter and his wife June now live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Peter works for Fiat Chysler Automobiles. There is never a dull moment in this collection of short stories that will grab your attention and keep you spellbound! Peter Greene describes life growing up in the picturesque Blue Mountains of the Nilgiri District of Southern India. The pretty tourist towns of Coonoor, Ketti and Ooty will intrigue you with fascinating characters like Soosai the sorcerer and his black arts, Emily the maidservant's remedy to ward off "the evil eye", school students playing truant or a scary head hunting tale of terror, encounters in a local flour mill and a teenage boy trying to sell his vegetables in a local market for the first time! Whet your appetite and enjoy this book!

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

The Anglo-Indian Community

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Tell Well Canada

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



978-0-2288-1692-8(Hardcover), 978-0-2288-1690-4(Paperback), 978-0-2288-1(eBook)k




Peter grew up in Coonoor, India, a small village with his brother, grandmother and grand aunt. He had a strict but loving childhood until his father returns from the army. His stepmother's horrible behavior leads Peter to try to join the army which he fails. He confronts his father and is able to follow in his footsteps, becoming a sailor in the Indian Navy.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is a biography of a young boy's life in an area of the world that doesn't get much notice. I was interesting to see that world in the 60's and its similarities and differences with setting at the time in other parts of the world. This is a collection of stories ranging from young boy to young man which adds variety.

Possible Drawbacks

There wasn't anything that made me want to put the book down. It was a short and concise book with a variation of stories and topics that maintained interest.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Peter is detailing his life in Coonoor as a child until he leaves to join the Navy. I would watch the movie for unique stories of Peter's life and learning about the world he grew up in. He has a wholesome childhood for the most part peppered with local traditions such as evil eyes and sorcerers.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a decent fanbase. It has many charming, adolescent adventures mixed with serious topics of neglect and abuse. There is something entertaining for everyone. The main character is very likeable and relatable. The audience would root for him.

Awards Potential

If the story were given more gravitas, it could have awards potential. The tone of the story is much more juvenile but be heightened for more mature audiences. With that change, this could garner awards potential.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not original. It is a coming of age story set in the 1960's. It follows that formula. The setting of the story may be original as it is in a rural part of India.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out because the story is told from his perspective. The audience gets to see his inner dialogue and the raw emotions behind the events in his life. He is a normal boy trying to enjoy life and found his way in the world.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a solid, entertaining story that would be beneficial to younger kids. It is full of adventure, suspense and life lessons. It is relatable on many levels.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This story is a consider because its would be relatable to many audiences. It explores a different culture and part of the world. The main character is young and naïve but recognizes he is not being treated right and goes to make his own life. There are valuable stories in the book that would be great for the young audiences.