Ruskin Bond books need no introduction for Indian readers.
Ruskin Bond has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels, short stories, essays, poems & children’s books. He also received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, a collection of short stories & the Padma Shri in 1999. His most recent book is How To Be A Writer. He is a much admired and widely-read author. At 85, his firm belief is that it’s from a love of reading that a writer comes to a love of writing. And writing a book does not always mean the author becoming immortal.
1. The Great Train Journey
The appeal of traveling by train as it speeds its way out of a tunnel or thick lush greenery and speeds through unremarkable villages and hamlets is incomparable. There also exists a delightful curiosity in discovering the lives and destinations of its passengers.
Ruskin Bond has been writing tales about the India’s villages and small towns for decades, but this is the first time his stories revolving around trains and railway stations of small-town India have been compiled together to make a single collection. Classics such as ‘The Eyes Have It’ and ‘The Night Train at Deoli’ rub shoulders with tales of big cats of the animal kingdom taking shelter in railway tunnels and strangers make new acquaintances while waiting at a platform.
2. The Whistling Schoolboy and Other Stories of School Life
Here is a compilation of stories about life at school that will charm every kind of school-going kid. If you’re an adult these will bring pure nostalgia.
These are events from the author’s life when he was a shy, reserved boy in a boarding school, who chose books always over games in the field and was popular for being a great cook among the Boy Scouts.
Read about much-loved and quirky characters like the strict Mr. Oliver, Miss Babcock, the school nurse, and the Principal of the school. Be ready to get shocked at the strange but wonderful things happenings at school, from haunted ladies on school grounds to dormitories!
Bringing together well-loved Ruskin Bond classics, this collection is funny and heart-melting. It is meant for every reader who has loved going to school or is in school right now.
3. The Blue Umbrella
The Blue Umbrella is about a little girl living a simple and impoverished life who exchanges her pendant for a dainty and frilly blue umbrella. This is her first real possession and she flaunts it everywhere she goes. Little by little the villagers where she lives envy her umbrella. Especially, Ram Bharosa the well-to-do shopkeeper who wants the pretty umbrella for himself.
A story that has a rustic charm so alluring that it will leave you refreshed. A heart-warming parable, the tale is bound to teach you the value of gifting.
4. Roads to Mussoorie
Ruskin Bond surfaces again, with a delicious set of sketches set in and enroute to his beloved Mussoorie. With an adorable fondness and nostalgia for his home of over four decades Ruskin Bond speaks of his journeys to and from Mussoorie over the years. He then dives into the daily gossips surrounding his life there in the (not so) sleepy hill town. The stories in this collection are marked by a mischievous sense of humor and an eye for details that are so essential to the physical, social and cultural fabric of this place. The book also includes beautiful illustrations. Roads to Mussoorie is an unforgettable portrayal of a writer’s habitat and the role they have played in his writing work and writing life.
5. The Room on the Roof
Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, who puts up with living with his English guardian is an orphan and lives in the uncomfortable European part of Dehra Dun. Miserable about the rigid ways of his guardian, Rusty flees from home to live with his Indian friends.
His first encounters with the glittering and fascinating world of the bazaar, festivals, and the social aspects of Indian life, Rusty is bewitched. And never wants to go back to the prim proprieties of the European community.
Fun facts about this book, written when the author was just seventeen, this is an award-wining classic. Moving, inspiring, and an absolute classic, this book is always a joy to read.
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