Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? An enchanting collection of stories from the heartland of India Ruskin Bond's simple characters, living amidst the lush forests of the Himalayan foothills, are remarkable for their quiet heroism, courage and grace, and age-old values of honesty and fidelity. Residents of nondescript villages and towns, they lead lives that are touched by natural beauty as well as suffering-the loss of a loved parent, unfulfilled dreams, natural calamities, ghostly visitations, a respected teacher turned crooked, strangers who make a nuisance of themselves-which only reinforces their abiding faith in God, family and neighbour.
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Return to Book Page. A collection of short stories on small town life by one of India's novelists. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 3rd by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 06, Amogha rated it really liked it Shelves: delightful , i-recommend , indian-author , read-in , short-stories , books-i-own , heart-warming , indian-literature , crowd-pleasers , lost-era. Of love, of innocence, of loneliness, of hills, of grandparents, of trees, bees and butterflies, of the rain, of the sun, of girls with big black eyes, of love-struck boys, of trains, of you and of me - That's what this set of stories is about.
Ruskin Bond has woven magic into words that are definite to send the reader into a time warp and beg for the romanticism of the old days to make its appearance again.
How I wish! View all 4 comments. Sep 22, Tarinee Prasad rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-story-collection. There are books, then there are classics. There are writers, then there are authors.
A step above them you have the story tellers -Anonymous But then there are people who surpasses even the story tellers and touches the most private of memories and suddenly every understanding of yours about life seems pointless and every calculated steps you have taken in life seems a mistake.
You realize in this game of life you have traded something priceless , for some glass pieces ,the world made you believe There are books, then there are classics. You realize in this game of life you have traded something priceless , for some glass pieces ,the world made you believe are diamonds!!! That very moment the sea claimed a part of my heart. In my early teen age when I jumped into the sea from fishermen's boat for a swim with friends , it claimed even a larger part of my heart.
Every dawn and every dusk ,when I saw the sunrise and sunset ,climbing to the top of the tree near the beach , I knew ,this is what I will always paint for the rest of my life,the blue water ,the dusty road and the green trees. So ,when I read this book by Ruskin bond ,I could see through the words ,the lines and the stories ,a man's heart sold to the mountains of Mussoorie like mine is sold to the sea. Naturally,Bond waves words powerful enough to make you nostalgic,the back drop of every story capable enough to make you yearn for home and the story itself instigating memories of your,carefree ,impulsive ,non-calculative self, for whom the joys of life lies in the simplest of things, like imagining the shapes of the clouds to be dragons and warriors fighting their battle or in pitch black moonless night ,listening to the rustling of the wind,from your bed room window,and believing it to be the conversation of ghosts,who as per your grandmother's bed time story are living in a near by banyan tree.
View all 14 comments. Jul 18, Shoa Khan rated it really liked it Shelves: cover-lust , read-in , india-challenge , shorts. There was time, then, to spend an idle hour with a gay, dancing strip of paper.
Now everyone hurried, hurried in a heat of hope, and delicate things like kites and daydreams were trampled underfoot. This is a collection of 30 stories, some of them a tad too short, and hence hardly made an impac "Kite-flying was then the sport of kings.
This is a collection of 30 stories, some of them a tad too short, and hence hardly made an impact on me, as it is already a challenge to come up with a short story that can make the reader actually feel something. Unfortunately, the last story from this book that I read was "Love is a Sad Song", and it was one I did not like at all!
View 1 comment. Mar 01, Gorab Jain rated it really liked it Shelves: z , buddy-reads , short-stories , indian. Here's what Mr. Bond is offering you Another mixed bag of different flavoured shorties Sweet, sour, childish, mature, scary, funny Feb 17, Dhiraj Sharma rated it it was amazing. Night Train at Deoli is a collection of 30 short stories of Ruskin Bond. The stories are simple and thought provoking and pertain to the time the author spent as a child and teenager in the foothills of Himalayas i.
Most of the stories run into 2 or 3 pages. There are a couple of them which were part of my English syllabus while I was studying in school. As Bond himself mentions in the preface of the book, his stories are not about espionage, mystery, suspense or murder. Rather these are simple stories of simple folk in the pure and unspoilt land of the hills, forests, the bazaars and its flora and fauna.
Since I belong to the hills probabaly I can relate more to its little towns, villages and its folk. However this is precisely the message Bond tries to convey. Admist the hustle and bustle of city life and its rat race, Ruskin Bond's stories are the perfect dose to make you think and ponder about the beauty hidden in the simplest of events. Hats off to Mr. Ruskin Bond. View 2 comments.
Jan 27, Angelica Watson psst! Ruskin Bond is a lovely English writer. He describes indian life and our country's natural beauties, in great detail with wonderful intricacy.
His Rusty series for children was authentic and very meaningful. His books make you feel like your close to him and he's whispering his thoughts, personal views to you. He paints beautiful pictures in your mind, making you literally live in the world of his words. A simply excellent writer, one of my favorites!!!
Mar 01, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: indian-challenge , indian , short-stories. Long time since I loved a short story collection so. Such homely cosy stories and loved the simple narration.
Will surely read more of Bond. View all 3 comments. Jul 23, Tanaz rated it it was amazing. Ruskin Bond is one of those few writers who makes writing look ridiculously easy. Jun 28, Kanupriya Kothiwal rated it really liked it. Ruskin Bond stories have been a delight to those who wish to savour a sip from the wine of bygone era! His stories, mostly set in the small towns in the hills Dehra,Shimla serve as a retrospective of the past.
Ruskin Bond is most famously known for his very good psychology for school going kids and that is what probably reflected in his stories. A bonding of a lonely school school kid, Arun and a mysterious lady who showers her motherly love The Woman on Platform No. Where two people meet,their paths across and soon forgotten. But the memories of those journeys are preserved in the minds of those who cherish them. His stories serve as an oasis in the razzle dazzle of this fast moving world!
What a great experience reading Mr. Bond's short stories or as he says - 'Perhaps there is too much of me in my stories, and at times this book may read like an Autobiography'. This was my first book by Ruskin Bond but my god, it feels like that I've been reading him since ages, The poetry in his writings, the way he makes those w Quote from This Book that I Loved - Once You have lived with Mountains for any length of time, you belong to them, and must Return Again and Again.
This was my first book by Ruskin Bond but my god, it feels like that I've been reading him since ages, The poetry in his writings, the way he makes those words Dance in his stories, you totally start to feel as though you are there in each of his Short Stories, invisible to the main characters, seeing them closely.
After completing every story, you feel totally as in a different world, in a totally different timeline, but there is one thing on your face that indicates something 'A Smile', a happiness you found in your Crazy regular life.
He does have a Magic that I felt throughout the book and is looking forward to reading more of his Great Legacy. My most favorites from this book are- 1. The Eyes Have It This one is the most beautiful short story I've ever read and trust me you'd love it in the same way 2.
His Neighbour's Wife 3.
The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories
When we are young and vibrant, there are hopes and dreams. With age, these dreams get trampled and eventually fade away. This collection of short stories gives a vivid description of the depth and flux of human emotion. Ruskin Bond draws simple yet heart warming sketches of each character.
"The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories