The road to the bazaar – A nostalgic collection of childhood stories by Ruskin Bond

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.


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  1. Zoeb says:

    Bond is the only writer next to R.K Narayan who has that uncanny ability to weave simple yet profound stories of life, adventure, love, friendship and nostalgia. In today’s times, anyone can be a bestselling writer with mediocre language and Bollywood-style tropes but none of them can be as emotionally poignant yet accessible and relevant like Bond or Narayan.

    I owe Bond a huge debt since it was with his enchanting and reinvigorating stories that I actually moved, from storybooks to actual novels. I have read three of his novels- ‘The Room On The Roof’- which is a beautiful tale of growing up in post-independence India blooming with beauty and romance in the hills, ‘A Flight Of Pigeons’- a compelling drama set in the turbulent days of the 1857 revolt and ‘The Blue Umbrella’- a sweet yet satirical tale of an unlikely friendship in a small town in the hills. His collection of stories on ‘Rusty’- a loosely autobiographical account of his own childhood, youth and old age- is equally packed with terrific insights on the life in the quaint old hills.

    This review was indeed a great look at one of his undeniably enlightening books. Great work, Prashant

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