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Reviewed in India on 7 January 2014
The book is a compilation of 25 select short stories and essays taken from Ruskin Bond's various books. Bond's free-flowing writing style, simple and very good English, funny or touching themes, nostalgia about his childhood spent in Dehradun and Shimla, and a great sense of humour make the stories delightful to read. There is also a touching, long poem in the book - "A song for lost friends", which is nostalgic about Bond's childhood friends in Dehradun and poignant about unhappy childhood after his mother remarried. In one of the stories, Bond as a child ruefully describes himself to a friend as a "half-caste" and one who neither belongs to India nor to England, a discomforting fact the Anglo-Indian community faced in the post-Independence period. By his profound love for everything Indian, which is reflected in his huge repertoire of excellent books, as a grown-up man, Bond proved to himself and his readers that he is an Indian at heart and in mind and soul. He is no more British than Roald Dahl can be said to have been a Norwegian.
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