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

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

Fiction Reads: Angry River by Ruskin Bond

Another wisp of a book by Ruskin Bond, Angry River is a fine example of children’s literature. The yarn is never overwhelming, the main characters are few.You should get to the end of the tale in little over an hour. Having lost her mother early and with her father working in the city, Sita is … Read more