Bonding with Ruskin

Today when I gaze at the blue sky, I notice emptiness in it. There are no longer any kites soaring high to touch the clouds. Even the pond is deprived of paper boats that once floated in the monsoon water. Sky scrapers, competitive jobs, high speed cars, industrial complexes and electronic accessories have taken a toll on life. In the midst of these uncertainties, author Ruskin Bond’s books still give a hope that life hasn’t lost its charm. The dark clouds of sorrow can never overshadow a hopeful sun in the sky. I withdrew myself from the 9 to 7 job that offered nothing but resentment, disappointment and disheartening events. I had totally lost my hope in this heartless city until a book came as a blessing in my life. It was an anthology of nostalgic stories and travelogues, giving me a glimpse of mountain life.

‘Night train at deoli and other stories’ by Ruskin Bond opened the window of happiness in my life which was locked due to my pessimistic attitude. I have realized that I always suppressed my inner self (my conscience) and gave more importance to friends, colleagues and mean people. The childhood innocence within me was lost somewhere and I was left alone in the crowd. Ruskin Bond’s books helped me to reconnect with my inner self. Life has never been the same after soaking in nostalgia offered by this short collection of Ruskin Bond.

‘Room on the roof’ was the first published book by Ruskin Bond

‘When the war is over, a butterfly will still be beautiful’ – excerpt from Ruskin Bond memoir ‘Rusty Runs away’

Through his novellas, short story collections, travelogues, Ruskin Bond gives you a glimpse of his memoirs in Landour, Shimla, Dehra, Mussoorie and Shamli. Be it a spooky anthology, love stories or nostalgic episodes, Ruskin Bond brings you closer to Mother Nature. Happiness is not drinking a creamy coffee in Café Coffee day, but relishing on a small tea stall in a hill station. The social networks have disconnected us from our real friends who helped us in thick and thin times.

Through his memoirs – Rusty series (Rusty is alter ego of Ruskin Bond), Bond takes readers a trip down the memory lane where he recounts the days he spent with his friends, grandparents, uncle and his late father. Though the stories may sound simple, but there is a strong philosophy hidden in every story. Wish I had a time machine so that I could bring back the moments which are now preserved in form of memories. I want to start life on a new note where I can live the life to the fullest, enjoying a million years in a 24 hours day.

When you read Ruskin Bond Books, you get a feel that time has slowed down and you have lived 25 hours in a day, relishing every moment of the story that is connected to you. Such is the power of Ruskin Bond’s writings.

After Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Ruskin Bond is one such author whose writings has a strong sense of nostalgia. It’s time for me to catch a train to mountains and connect with serenity. If you value your happy old times, do read books by Ruskin Bond. They are really worth your time.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Zoeb says:

    I am without any words to describe just how beautifully you have described your own personal odyssey with Ruskin Bond and his books. Him being an author and a teller of delightful tales of people, romance, friendship, adventure and life, he is one of my first and foremost favorite writers, who had charmed and enthralled me with the power and sublime beauty of words. And with your crisp nutshell of an ode to his literary gifts, which itself feels like a cup of warm tea in the air of the hills, he has got the praise that he deserves the most.

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words Zoeb

  2. Tarissa says:

    These certainly do look like some good books by Ruskin. I’ll keep the name in mind for future book-reading. You really hooked me by mentioning one of my literary favorite, Louisa May Alcott. I happen to be reading one of her books right now, actually.


    1. Hi Tarissa,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and reading this article. Happy to know that you liked this article. Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite authors. She inspires a lot through her novels – especially little women. I have bookmarked your blog and will be reading it.

      Happy Reading

  3. Abhijeet T says:

    Very Nice Prashant……..remembering my school days when i met Ruskin Bond first time at his residence in Landour Mussoorie.

    Thanks for writing such beautiful article.

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words tariyal saheb. It is so fortunate of you to meet Ruskin Bond.

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