Fiction Reads: The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

Reimagining or recalling teenage life has led to the realization of many literary gems. Roald Dahl’s Boy and Going Solo are sparkling examples of reflecting on a thrilling childhood and youth, in selective retelling, decades later.  The Room on the Roof  (1956) is unique, as Bond points out in the introduction – It’s a novel about adolescence, … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: Lone Fox Dancing by Ruskin Bond

^^ As I walked home last night I saw a lone fox dancing In the cold moonlight. I stood and watched. Then Took the low road, knowing The night was his by right. Sometimes, when words ring true, I’m like a lone fox dancing In the morning dew. – From Lone Fox Dancing by Ruskin Bond I … Read more

Travel Reads: Cambridge Book Depot, Mussoorie

Let’s cut to the chase. You are a Ruskin Bond fan and want to meet him. What do you do?  Reach Dehradun, rent a two-wheeler (INR 500-800/a day), take the two-hour drive to Mussoorie, and get to Cambridge Book Depot (CBD).  When? Bond used to come down to CBD between 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. … Read more