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

Short Story Reads: A Bond with the Mountains by Ruskin Bond

It is one thing to dream of living a simple, content life in the mountains. But to live the life one writes about, especially of a lifetime spent in deep communion with nature, well, that is something rare and profound.  A Bond with the Mountains is a 1998 slim collection of stories, poems and thoughts by Landour’s … Read more

Poetry Reads: Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Most of us went through school without wondering why in the world we had poems like Daffodils revisiting the English language textbooks every two years.  Well, at least I did…not…wonder.  Nobody seemed to have heard of the flower or seen it in those sans Internet days. We were probably too bored to ask among other … Read more