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Classic Ruskin Bond: Complete and Unabridged

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A collection of Ruskin Bond's six novels evoking nostalgia for time gone by This collection of six novels sparkles with the quiet charm and humanity that are the hallmarks of Ruskin Bond's writing. Evoking nostalgia for a time gone by, these poignant chronicles of life in India's hills and small towns describe the hopes and passions that capture young minds and hearts, hig ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Penguin (first published September 6th 2010)
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Ruskin Bond is like an old mango tree in the backyard of that house where you have lived some of your childhood days.
You read through a story like savoring the sweet fruit of the season plucked from the dear tree. The distinct taste teleports you to that simpler time in past where you used to sit dreamy-eyed, stupefied, listening to your grandfather's telling of what seemed like a fascinating tale.
I have read this omnibus of selected short stories over a period of two years and only at times w
Debolina Mukherjee
When you read a Ruskin Bond the world around you turns beautiful. Mr Bond's narration gives the saddest of plots a glimmer of joy and hope. ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ruskin Bond ended up disappointing me which was a surprise in itself. Of the six novels that this Classic Edition comprises not one presented itself as anything unique.

Bond, it seems, has a kind of template setting for all his stories with only few details that defer here and there. All his stories have the same mix - a small town somewhere in the hills of North India, a protagonist who is usually a writer and wanderer, a friend who has seen bitter circumstances and ends up selling trinkets off
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
This is a collection of 6 noveks of author. Some of the nolvels are stand alone, though read them earlier are worth spending rereading.
Sudeep Laha
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplistic and Uncomplicated... Ruskin Bond's books are for people who find love and happiness in the simple things of life... You won't find those thrilling up-downs in this book... Its those plain beautiful story-telling, capturing every detail of the set and the plot in small sweet words. ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of six novels by Ruskin Bond. The book features Room on the Roof, Vagrants in the Valley, Delhi is not Far, A Flight of Pigeons, The Sensualist and A Handful of Nuts. Ruskin Bond was only seventeen when he authored Room on the Roof, and he was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for the work in 1957. It was a wonderful start to a great career which has made readers happy over all these years of his writing.

The major part of the collection is occupied by the
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All-time favourite author @ruskinbondofficial....since forever, to forever!! He charms me, mesmerises me, astonishes me, soothes me, delights me, calms me with his writing. He expresses even the simplest things, events and encounters with such finesse that it just blows my mind away. He awakens the child in me. Not to forget, his amazing observation and sense of detail. His world of adventure is the one I want to jump in right now. .
This one is a collection of his six short stories-The Room on
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Bond's stories are full of old-world charm, showing you the India that once was, reminding you of the simpler things in life. This compilation of his stories deviates to many other genres, which at first comes as a surprise, since we are used to a certain kind of theme from him. Nevertheless, makes for a good read.

Soumya Kundu
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The magic of Ruskin Bond. "Room On The Roof" is a classic and beautiful story. "Vagrants In The Valley" is a story of hope and friendships. Friendships which are imperfect but still cherished. Overall, the book has some masterpieces. Such simplicity in prose is hard to attain. Human emotions are described without imposing any judgement or societal values. ...more
Pradnya Raghuveer
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most other Ruskin Bond books, this one too takes you on a walk down memory lane. Being amidst people and experiencing wonders of nature while living a simple yet fulfilling life as a child is what comes back to me easily as I read through Bond's work. "The Room on the Roof" and "Vagrants in the Valley" are my favorites in this collection. It's a must read for people of all ages. ...more
Rudhra Koul
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bond is able to narrate his life's experiences in a very mesmerizing way which keeps the reader fixed to the book wanting to read more and more .He can create the right mix of suspense ,fiction and reality keeping the reader glued to the book enjoying each and every part of it. ...more
Fiza Pathan
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was & will always be a wonderful experience to read a Ruskin Bond short story, novel, novella etc.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the glories of my shelf- a 6-in-1 edition of one of my all-time-favorite authors.

The collection opens with the author's first book- 'The Room on the Roof'. It revolves around the adventures of Rusty just before and after he leaves his tyrannous guardian's home. Although he lived with him just on the outskirts of Dehra, he had never really been into the town. That is, not until he met his new friends- Somi, Ranbir, Kishen and others. This book provides an insight into the 'b
Abhishek Sengupta
I have always loved Short stories and Ruskin Bond has been one of my favorites since childhood. This one had 6 stories. The first 2 : 'Room on the Roof' and 'Vagrants in the Valley' were classic and highly enjoyable. 'Delhi is not far' is also captivating....set in the Sepoy Mutiny era but the rest of the stories were so la la. Frankly, I had to do some soul searching before choosing to rate the book not to leave a wrong impression. ...more
Chetan Tyagi
I started the book with high hopes but was disappointed. Standalone would have rated it 3 but given the disapointment have pushed it down to two. The two good stories are about Rusty and Ruskin Bond. The others were average at best. There is one full sequence that is repeated in a story from another one where only the characters' names change!! The low point was The Sensualist which bordered on soft porn.
All in a book i could have done better to avoid.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six of Mr. Bond's longer works! A collection to treasure, a set of stories to read, reread and reread... There is no one like Mr. Bond! ...more
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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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