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by – Ruskin Bond 
A Flight of 
“We just look at the Mutiny, we don’t think about how the people would havelived in those times. Mr. Bond, in this novella, has got one of those unknownstories with a touch of fiction.”
A book review by
Mridul Godha
About the AuthorSummaryImportant Characters and their SketchesMy OpinionMy Critical OpinionSuggestions for next year
etter perceived as the Indian 'WilliamWordsworth', Ruskin Bond was born inKasauli in the then Punjab Province in the year1934. Born to a first generation British migrant,Bond spent most of his childhood in amidstHimalayas. He was brought up at different places thatincluded Jamnagar, Dehradun and Shimla. Ascustomary in that period he went to England for hisprimary studies. Although Bond was studying inEngland, his mind rested in India. He had forged anintimate relationship with the Himalayas andlonged forBond started displaying his literary talent inEngland. He wrote his first novel named 'Room On TheRoof' when he was all of 17 years. The book made himwin prestigious 'John Llewellyn Rhys' Prize that isawarded to British Commonwealth Writers who are under the age of 30. The book wasprimarily based in and around Himalayas and was successful in capturing its beauty andethos in a manner that was never tried before. Its sequel named 'Vagrants in the Valley'followed it. Riding on the success of these two novels, Ruskin took the journey back home.Ruskin Bond has now been writing for more than 5 decades. He has stressed more on thelocal elements of Himalayas in his writings. His writing style is distinct in a way that it triesto make reader understand the landscape and ethos through carefully mastered words.His writings have won him both tremendous critical acclaim as well as a long list of fansthrough out the literary world. Replete with unassuming humor and quiet wisdom, hisstories manifest a deep love for nature and people. His mesmerizing descriptions aboutthe flora and fauna of Himalayas can not be missed in his 100 something short stories,essays, novels, and more thanHis works has inspired several generations of writers, authors andscriptwriters. His novel named 'The Flight of Pigeons' has been adapted intothe acclaimed Merchant Ivory film Junoon. Another less known novel named'The Room on the Roof' has been adapted in to a BBC produced TV series.Nevertheless his greatest achievement comes from the fact that several of his short stories from his collections have been incorporated in the schoolcurriculum all over India. It includes jewels such as The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. In spite of all these
3it.thirty books of children that he has written.

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