Ruskin Bond Summary

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Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. Born in Kasuali(1934), he has lived in London, Delhi, Channel Islands and Dehradun. He received his education in a boarding school at Shimla during the pre Independence India. Ruskin Bond, though left the country for a while, he returned in 1955 and have been residing in Mussoorie ever since. Still a bachelor, he lives happily with his adopted family. Bond has written novels, novellas, over 500 short stories, alike for children and adults. He also has received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award and Padma Shri for his contribution. Writings of Ruskin Bond umbrella various themes and genres. He seems to master every theme he brings in his works, be it children’s stories or adult literature…show more content…
Along the journey, they make new friends, they not only participate in more escapades but also begin to understand the complexities of growing up and the boundaries that circumscribe even the freest spirits. It is a simple story, crisp and flows like a river. Right from the initial pages of the novel, Bond’s relationship with his friend can be seen. Somi, though only a new acquinatnce of Ruskin, helped him get a job and have been friends eversince. Now again, in the time of need Ruskin Bond is seen reminaicing of him.; “Rusty was silent, remembering his friend Somi, who had won him with a smile, and altered the course of his life. Somi, with his turban at an angel, a song on his lips.. (Bond 118) As the novel proceeds, the narrator gives an account of Bond’s relationship with Kishen and Somi. The relationship is beautifully described, “Rusty felt more at ease with Kishn than he did with anyone else. Rusty has never been at ease with anyone until he met Somi and Kishen” (Bond…show more content…
To answer this, a little autobiphraphical account of Bond is necessary. Ruskin Bond didn’t have a pleasant childhood. His mother passed away when he was very young and his father didn’t live much longer. He was left with guardian and it wasn’t a very pleasant experience, it ended on bad terms. The relationship of Bond with Somi and Kishen seems to be the only relationship that nurtured. It was the only relationship with Bond carried from childhood to adolescence, they grew swiftly together. The purity and the essence of friendship between Bond and Kishen is also exemplified, “Rusty smiled. He had not smiled for so brightly for a long time; and seeing the smile on Rusty’s face, Kishen felt sure everything would come all right. “ (Bond 136) It is also to be noted that though Kishen and Bond were friends, and Ruskin was always in a jolly mood with him, that doesn’t mean that he cannot be hard on him when required. A incident in the novel shows that Kishen had lost a rupee of the nine rupees they had in total, rather than letting it go, Ruskin took an action and took the charge of the money: “Kishen grinned. ‘So you are letting me keep something, after all?’ ‘That’s to pay for the chaat,’ said Rusty, and Kishen’s grin turned into grimace.” (Bond
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