Friday, January 13, 2017

The Writer on the hill

The Writer on the Hill: The Very Best of Ruskin BondThe Writer on the Hill: The Very Best of Ruskin Bond by Ruskin Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A book that is so positive in all aspects. There are no negatives at all! A book to read if you wish to revel in the beauty of Uttarakhand and its people.
A compilation of short stories that deals with life in the hills.
The book is conveniently divided into 'Selected Fiction' and 'Selected Non-Fiction'
Selected Fiction comprises of stories from the 1950's Dehra Doon, the 1960s and 1970s Maplewood Lodge in Mussoorie and the 1980s and onwards in Ivy Cottage, Mussoorie.
Selected Non Fiction comprises of stories from 1960s and 1970s Maplewood Lodge, 1980s and onwards Ivy Cottage.
Every story is eminently readable and enjoyable. These take you on a trip to the hills and gets you to love them!
To quote Mr.Bond 'As a writer, I have difficulty in doing justice to momentous events, the wars of nations, the politics of power; I am more at ease with the dew of the morning, the sensuous delights of the day, the silent blessings of the night, the joys and sorrows of children, the strivings of ordinary folk and, of course, the ridiculous situations in which we sometimes find ourselves.' Unquote.
It is a book to uplift ones spirits at all times.
A raconteur par excellence.
A must read!

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  1. Bond is a down to earth writer, very humble with an exquisite sense of humour. And a child's heart.

  2. I've read this..and do agree with your rating: 5/5:)

  3. I am just back from a trip to Uttarakhand and this book would surely make me nostalgic :)

  4. Good to know about the book, will love to read.