‘I have made a small bench in the middle of this civilized wilderness…this is my favorite place. No one can find me here. Unless I call out and make my presence known’ – excerpt from the book.
The above lines reflect the emotions of person content in the secluded space he has made for himself. No matter how much crowded his social life may be, he craves for his personal space. In his latest compilations of essays – Notes from a small room, Ruskin Bond makes such observations on human nature and writes anecdotes on life, philosophy, birds, monsoon showers, wild life, books, loneliness and contentment. Today where net-savvy people search for free Wi-Fi zones, Ruskin Bond emphasizes on the importance of a window in a room. A window is a gateway to the outer world, a glimpse of the palpitating life full of energy. As a child, I used to peep out of my window to feel the rain droplets on my hands. The article on window refreshed my childhood fascination to glimpse at the outer sceneries. What would life be without a window?
Ruskin Bond recounts his childhood memories he spent with his father during his days in Delhi and Shimla boarding house. The article ‘Remember this day’ is a nostalgic glance at Ruskin Bond’s tragic moment when he lost his father at age of 10. In one of his articles, he recounts his struggling days as a writer and how he couldn’t afford to buy a typewriter. An office colleague’s monetary contribution helped Ruskin to buy a new typewriter. It was this typewriter that enabled him to write memorable books and several short stories. Though his typewriter has become too old to work, he still relishes the experience of working on his writing device. For a writer, a typewriter is really an inspiring writing device. In this book, he has emphasized on the difference between staying alone and remaining lonely. In real sense, we are all alone but the cold nature of people makes us lonely. Human being is a social animal and always craves for company of friends. He becomes aloof when he is not accepted by people in the group due to various factors – nature, religion, status etc. The article on loneliness by Ruskin Bond will change your conception towards life and enable you to accept solitude with a refreshing change.
What personally captivated me to read the book was getting familiar about the different types of birds in mountain side and city. The birds from the city are different from the birds staying in jungle.
‘It’s is the simple things that keeps us from going crazy’ – Ruskin Bond
Though we capture so many things on our smartphones, we fail to notice the beautiful things in the surroundings. The dew drops on the grass, the smell of earth after the first rain and the refreshing view of mountains from window are beautiful views of nature that we miss every day. Shut off your mobile for a while to discover the true beauty of Mother Nature that brings you closer to a life full of happiness. Travel, give a surprise visit to your friends, eat on the local food-stalls and watch a movie in a single screen cinema hall. These are things that keep you alive. We have become so much absorbed in our mobile and tablet screens that we have forgot to live our life to the fullest. ‘Notes from a small room’ is the book for those who want to embrace happiness with their open arms.