There is an old world charm in writings of Ruskin Bond. For those people who love hill side locations, tea plantations, trees filled with ripe fruits, the whistle of old age train and the colourful bazaar full of chaat stalls , then Ruskin Bond’s books will take you to this world. A world untouched by neck breaking competition, cynical city people, technology, hatred and pollution, Ruskin Bond’s books take you on a vacation where you take a trip down the memory lane. ‘The road to the bazaar’ is an anthology of 16 stories that is centred on Dehra, the hometown and backdrop of Ruskin Bond’s stories. Have you played a rookie from school and taken a train journey to an unknown destination? Have you formed a cricket club and showed your batsman skills against your opposite team? ‘The road to the bazaar is about re-discovering childhood innocence and rewind back to the times of happiness.
The short stories and the playful moments are seen through eyes of Koki, Suraj, Ranji, Amir, Teju and Mukesh – the kids of Dehra. Every short story in this collection unveils the simplicity of hill side life. There is such a magic in Bond’s writing that you will be compelled to leave city life and settle down in hill stations. Such is the impact of Ruskin Bond’s books. In today’s mobile-driven world, we are so engrossed to the screen of our smartphones that we have forgotten to connect with compassion, humanity and affection. It is high time that we keep aside our gadgets and bond with life’s simplicity. ‘The road to bazaar’ is one of the best anthologies by author Ruskin Bond which will remind you of your school days. Once you enjoy reading this book, do read ‘The night train at Deoli and other stories’ penned by Ruskin Bond.