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About the Author

Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, the Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.

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He dropped the apple and stared. There was another tree, and another, all walking past the door with increasing rapidity. Suraj stepped forward but lost his balance and fell on his hands and knees. The floor beneath him was vibrating, the wheels were clattering on the rails, the carriage was swaying. The trees were running now, swooping past the train, and the telegraph poles joined them in the crazy race.

Crouching on his hands and knees, Suraj stared out of the open door and realized that the train was moving, moving fast, moving away from his home and puffing into the unknown. He crept cautiously to the door and looked out. The ground seemed to rush away from the wheels. He couldn’t jump. Was there, he wondered, any way of stopping the train? He looked around the compartment again: only crates of apples. He wouldn’t starve, that was one consolation.

He picked up the apple he had dropped and pulled a crate nearer to the doorway. Sitting down, he took a bite from the apple and stared out of the open door.‘Greetings, friend,’ said a voice from behind, and Suraj spun round guiltily, his mouth full of apple. A dirty, bearded face was looking out at him from behind a pile of crates. The mouth was open in a wide, paan-stained grin.

‘Er—namaste,’ said Suraj apprehensively. ‘Who are you?’

The man stepped out from behind the crates and confronted the boy. ‘I’ll have one of those, too,’ he said, pointing to the apple.

Suraj gave the man an apple, and stood his ground while the carriage rocked on the rails. The man took a step forward, lost his balance, and sat down on the floor. ‘And where are you going, friend?’ he asked. ‘Have you a ticket?’ ‘No,’ said Suraj. ‘Have you?’

The man pulled at his beard and mused upon the question but did not answer it. He took a bite from the apple and said, ‘No, I don’t have a ticket. But I usually reserve this compartment for myself. This is the first time I’ve had company. Where are you going? Are you a hippy like me?’ ‘I don’t know,’ said Suraj. ‘Where does this train go?’

The scruffy ticketless traveller looked concerned for a moment, then smiled and said, ‘Where do you want to go?’

‘I want to go everywhere,’ said Suraj. ‘I want to go to England and China and Africa and Greenland. I want to go all over the world!’

‘Then you’re on the right train,’ said the man. ‘This train goes everywhere. First it will take you to the sea, and there you will have to get on a ship if you want to go to China.’

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Product details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 August 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9353041511
  • ISBN-13: 978-9353041519
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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