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Essays by one of India's major writer. on Indian culture, variety of topics, fun read and good introduction to India ...more
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Abhigna Antani
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light-hearted and warm book with stories that will certainly bring a smile. Ruskin Bonds books always capture the intricacies of life that we fail to notice in our bid to get ahead in the race (as he points out in the book - 'stop and smell the roses'). The book may not be "laugh out loud" funny, but it certainly has its moments. From the authors romantic fantasies, his uncle Ken's trials to a successful career to monkeys and mynas, the readers are given a slice of the authors calm and peacefu ...more
Ramiz Qudsi
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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If it is Ruskin, it becomes my favorite! :)
Since I started reading books no single author has affected my mood as many times as RB has. I would be a bit down, slightly morose, feeling bad about something, wanting to be alone and so wold pick up a book. If it is Ruskin I am reading, ere long I would be smiling, mood would have swung taken a U-Turn and I would be happy.
Can't thank him enough for all the stories he has written. :)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
A collection of humorous experiences and poems from the nature-lover from Dehradun.. Enjoyed reading this book a lot. Love his style of writing.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If it's a Ruskin Bond book, I will go ahead and buy it confidently without any doubt of getting disappointed. His short stories and easy reads and very enjoyable. I myself being a nature lover, love the way he describes the nature in his stories. The tall trees, the passing clouds, the flowers and buds, his long trek to see the sweet peas, I love imagining them.

An extract from one of his stories: 'An elderly reader once remarked, "How do you manage to write so much about nothing?" to which I co
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it is exiting book and very popular tooo
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my second book by Ruskin Bond. This book is basically a collection of stories from daily happenings of Ruskin Bond.
A detailed description of when he wakes up, what he does after he wakes up, his afternoon routine, his evening walks, in short about his daily routine in general.
He shares his experience by transitioning from the Dehra of his childhood versus Dehra now.
He talks about what he loved while growing up. There are so many characters that made an impact on his life. His little ex
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's a simplicity in his writing and a rhythm that I've seldom found in books today. May be I liked it more so for that reason. After all, I've been reading a lot of stuff that isn't exactly easy on the mind. But this book was different. The easy pace of the book brings to mind happier times when the world around me wasn't so complicated. I yearn for that simplicity again. I'm not sufficiently qualified to critique his writing as yet, but I can definitely say that I liked it. I'd willingly re ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny for sure

The book lives up to the title. My first Ruskin Bond book and must say, wasn't disappointed. He sure is gifted with his way with words
Arush Ul islam
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book in which Ruskin Bond shared his humorous experiences.
It's a marvellous book!
Varun Rajwade
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No author can you write so nicely about everyday life as Ruskin Bond. Ever since a kid, Ruskin Bond has been my favourite author. Whenever I am stressed or just down with the corporate life he is the author i turn to.

Funny side up is the quintessential Ruskin Bond book. Simple, easy, extremely vivid And resonates with any reader. Is a compilation of some of his best funny stories but like any Bond funny story there are some changes of tragedy.

In the backdrop of this horrible pandemic, there is
Pradeep Nair
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of Ruskin Bond's books, this one stands out for the simplicity of language and narration. Little stories and anecdotes, from everyday life, that is bereft of trappings of modernity's perceived necessities. There are no great plots and subplots. But Bond shows us that an author doesn't need those to tell captivating stories. The string of stories also draw our attention to the funny world around us, which if looked at closely is soothing, humorous, invigorating and even educational. Hat ...more
Diwakar Grandhi
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was a light-hearted and a quick read. If I have to compare the writing style to something, I would certainly use a river to compare it to. Just like a river flows on in a natural way, Ruskin Bond's thoughts are also free flowing. There is no set pattern over here. The story encompasses his experiences all throughout his life but not in any particular order. One chapter discusses his experience as a child, the next chapter discusses something which occurred when he was old, the next chapter ...more
Nishant Bhagat
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant lovely little book. It is very rare for a smile to be plastered on my face while even reading a funny book. But Mr Bond has made me smile and laugh out loud at times.

The simplicity of the language, the brilliant use of minimal but effective words seems to come so easily to this author. What a gifted person!

Now that I am smitten with him, time to read more of Mr Bond...just to be stirred and not shaken!
Abhishek Singh
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A light-hearted and warm book with stories which will certainly bring a smile. The book might not be “laugh out loud” funny, but it certainly has its moments. From the author’s romantic fantasies, his uncle Ken’s trials to a successful career to monkeys and mynas, the readers are given a slice of the authors calm and peaceful yet adventurous life. Check this article about 40 Best Ruskin Bond Books!! ...more
Dayita Gupta
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amusing book, you should take it for a trip and just smile while reading the book. It is an easy book with some short collection from Bond's life. This book will give you an idea how small petty incidents in life can become big. ...more
Dhruv Bhandula
A wonderful, sweet collection of essays and anecdotes. Really loved the one where Mr. Bond talks about his monkey girl-friend. Few other anecdotes such as the one with Mr. Ken are amazing and really fun. Overall a really refreshing book.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although purportedly an attempt to compile the funniest of Bond's short stories, this collection was not much different from his other work - which is funny and inspiring anyway. So if you're looking for a lighthearted read to brighten up your day, you could do worse than pick up this title. ...more
Aks - The one lost in the world of books
Ruskin bond always lightens up the mood through his adventures and comedy. To imagine grandfather with Tutu, Uncle Ken and Grandmother's amazing food is truly a delight. He transports you to those times which you have never visited and leaves you wanting more. ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very warm book.

Bought it for a steal! It reminds me of the author's other books of which Rusty is my favourite. It even has references to it
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Beautifully written in the most simple words! Enjoyable read anytime any mood. It's astonishing to see how Bond can write everything abt nothing!!
It was a sweet read of some collection of stories!

I enjoyed them all - some for funny, some were mysterious and some were kindda horror as well. I Enjoy Ruskin Boss!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will definitely put a huge smiling on your face.
Rutvi vyas
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
really interesting would want other friends to read this book really funny no wonder why its called funny side up
Ashutosh Mundkur

I do not think i am worthy of writing anything on a book by Ruskin Bond. His lovely style of writing triggers a smile, an ocassional chuckle.
A book not be missed
Giridharan Santhanam
Well written book. Mr. Bond blends style with the innocence to make a perfect reading
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a quick, joyful reading! :)
Ankush Agarwal
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful collection of short stories for a light hearted read
Dilip Netke
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light comedy

Book describes everything vividly, the places, characters. Got engrossed in stories. authors view to look at life as a comedy something to learn.
Bidisha Sarkar
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me rolling on the ground with laughter
Shrestha Mishra
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Ruskin 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 establ ...more

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