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Book Title: The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories|
Date of issue: October 3rd 1989
ISBN 13: 9780140116151
The author of the book: Ruskin Bond
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 691 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
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It's the perfect unofficial sequel.
In this collection, Bond is still stuck in those good old days, when even adults used to fly kites, wrestlers were respected, he lived in his father's house, and he could still hold Sushila's hand. In short, in the times of Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra.
But time passes. (or does it? "It isn't time that's pasing by, it is you and I.") And Bond notices the loss, the loss of innocence, the loss of nature, the loss of love. The loss done by the passing time.
But he doesn't cry over the loss, he finds solace in his friendship with the small girl, the new inhabitant of his father's house. That's Bond.
Even though the collection was varied in style and genre (Boy, RB does experiment a lot), it still had that Bond sweetness.
Although all stories were great, my personal favourites were-
The Eyes Have It
The Night Train at Deoli
A Face in the Dark
The Prospect of Flowers
The Coral Tree
Editorial work could be better -
1. Had to read a very long short-story, just to find out that it's the abridged version of one of his previous novella that I had already read. Felt like cheated by the greedy editor/publisher.
2. "My Father's Trees in Dehra" and "When You Can't Climb Trees Any More" should have been put next to each other.
3. Sita's Grandfather should not have boasted of "Dragon Kite" in the story Sita and The River, when just few pages ago a complete different person talked about the same "Dragon Kite" in the same fashion, with the same feeling, in the story The Kitemaker.
4. What was the need of putting Horror stories in this collection? Shouldn't they stick to the theme of the collection?
Anyway, I must stop complaining. I don't like the sound of me complaining about trivial matters.
PS: A fun discussion on this book with Sundara and Gorab. Thanks for it.
Read information about the authorRuskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist.
He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best-loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India.
In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature.
He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.
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