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A Book of Simple Living

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‘This much I can tell you,’ writes Ruskin Bond in his introduction to this journal, ‘for all its hardships and complications, life is simple.’ Drawing upon a lifetime’s experience in the hills and small towns of north India, he records the many small moments that constitute a life of harmony—with the self, the natural world, and friends, family and passersby. In these page ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 2015 by Speaking Tiger
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Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buy this book. Admire its beauty - a classy cover, eye-soothing font type and lovely pages. After this ritual of superficial admiration is complete, read this book. In those 150 pages, Ruskin Bond gives away the secret to leading a content life. Happiness is ephemeral but contentment that's what matters and here's this lovely man telling us it all. I'd keep this book at par with Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, only difference being, I enjoyed reading this book more.
It says some lovely things like

Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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'and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.'

Notes to self after reading Ruskin Bond.

1.Stick to what is your truth of observation, irrespective of a grand audience.
2.Keep it simple. Trust your first emotions in the face of nature.
3.Slow down. Observe. That is where all life is.
4.Take walks. Long ones. Greet others with a smile.
5.Hear sounds of birds. Pay attention to bugs on flower tips.
6.Love quietly under the quilt of moonless nights.
7.Hear the sound of rain falling on
Sarba Roy
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a devotee of Mr Ruskin Bond,I confess that this book has every ingredient that leaves a lasting impression on the reader's mind.

The notes are brief, personal and timeless. They will linger in the reader's mind, long after the readers have kept it carefully in their bookshelf. It is more of a journey that one embarks with Mr Bond. Simple, riveting and endearing are the three words that best describe this book.
Salam Ch
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A meditative experience ♥️

A journey where nature guides everything, in this book Ruskin bond is letting us see the beauty in simplicity, a heartwarming canvas of mother nature .
If you want to escape the toxic noise of your busy life in the city by reading so this book is for you 😊
Highly recommended book .

Quotes :

"Forget and forgive at sunset, and then the day’s deeds are truly done. Then sleep.”

“Live close to nature and your spirit will not be easily broken, for you learn something of patience
Brittany Viklund
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully simple, simply beautiful. I imagine this is the type of read that no matter when I pick it up & read it, it resonates with me. This was a truly lovely books & just what my heart & soul needed right now. I have every intention to read this over & over again.
Shalini Choudhary
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, this book. This book is like a fresh breeze on a sunny day. Reading this book was like getting to know Sir Ruskin Bond a bit closely. It was as if I was reading his daily journal, like I was the kid who was racking through his brain in search of some wisdom. And yes wisdom I did found. Wisdom in his simplicity. The way he views and live life, I found kinship in it.
As I read about his walks in the mountain, I was transcended. I was there, beside him feeling what he felt. I was a kid when
Ajay Thakur
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Mr. Bond, I thoroughly loved it.
It teleports you to all the places that have been mentioned in this journal. Reading this journal was such a meditative experience. Looking forward to read more works of Mr. Bond.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book on living on hills and his experiences with it. I loved how he writes this one, like pages torn out directly from his personal diary. A book where he talks about things we are missing in our lives for living in the cities. Such simplicity is what I wish it was possible to inculcate in my busy life. A must read for each and everyone and for all ages. You don't wanna miss this cute book by Mr. Bond. ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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To be read and re-read on all days, happy and sad, long and short, sunny and cloudy.

Krutika Puranik
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
// A Book of Simple Living by @ruskinbondofficial

It's almost impossible to not enjoy Mr Bond's books, be it his fictional stories, essays or just his experiences. This gorgeous edition is by @speakingtiger and honestly is the best one in my collection so far. The cover matches what's on the inside, essays that are as beautiful as the flowers he describes, as cool as the breeze that flutters the leaves outside of his window and also like warm mountain sunshine. One of the things that I adore abo
Jeshua Aswin
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone develops a nature fetish as they grow old. When they really enjoy nature, they need not trek to the top of the hills or deep into the forest. The things we catch sight of every day—buildings made of sand rocks, the barren trees on the roadside, and the sky—fall under the realm of nature, too.

It is invigorating to see how the author elucidates the simplest pleasures of watching a bird wing, tree swing, and winter sing. If simple is a realm, Ruskin Bond is indubitably the king of the exp
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
audio book: narrated by Udai Matthan

My 2nd 'Book at Bedtime' by Ruskin Bond. Where has this author been all my life? Perhaps it's only now that I'm ready to fully appreciated the wisdom and beauty of his words. A truly beautiful book about noticing the beauty in the small details of life and feeling joy in this.

Expertly narrated by Udai Matthan. Highly recommended.
Udit Nair
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another comforting book amidst the otherwise tumultuous life which we all lead. I could just sit down and listen to ruskin imparting his wisdom all along. At the end of the day it's the simple things which give us contentment and joy. I always find his writing soothing and therapeutic. One can pick this book up and just start reading from any page. Like the name suggests its indeed a book of simple living but with profound life lessons. ...more
Anie Gpn
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Book on Simple Living includes words of such melodious reflection and warm hopefulness that reading it allows us to naturally slow down from the rush of life and focus on the smaller things around us that, for one reason or another, escape our field of vision. Bond's thoughts, like the narrow-gauge trains on his beloved hillsides, chug the tracks in our minds, jogging free long-forgotten emotions hidden in the remains of our daily routine. ...more
Sachin  Prabhu
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing !! It always makes me happy to read Mr.Bond. In this book Mr.Bond narrates stories from his life, some of journal entries about reading, poems and stories on hills,birds and so on.. what shall I say! It surprises me how an author can transfer one to magical world each and every time! That's characteristic of best author I feel. This book not only transfers one to magical world but also has some precious lessons for life.
Here's few things which I liked

"Happiness is a mysterious t
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful reading this was. Ruskin Bond is known for his narration that vividly paints a picture straight out of the mountains. I went back to being a child, strolling mindlessly through the school library when I was first introduced to Ruskin Bond. The book is full of quirky notes on everything about life.

My favorite excerpt--

1. A philosophy for living? You won't find it on your TV sets or in discourses by the loud lieutenants of the gods. You will learn more from your paan-wala or a st
Shane Bordoli
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this in a single sitting from cover to beautiful cover today and it turned out I'd given myself a lovely gift. I wrote an inspired review just after I read it, but goodreads phone app failed to save it, so this one will have to suffice.
Normally caught up with hectic thoughts, I ended up sitting in soft silence as I read this heartwarming little book of short observations on life. Ruskin lets us into his life with simple and beautiful insights, where it's the little things that are magica
Harshit Gupta
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruskin Bond has never written 'words of wisdom' per se. But then this book is something of that, even though he doesn't say it out loud. ...more
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The advice of Mr. Bond is simple, like his writing. I agree with him when he says life resides in small, simple and little things like seeing the rainbow after rains, love, compassion and contentment.

The book is like a breath of fresh air and easy to read. The wisdom is timeless and eternal.

See some passages and admire the beauty:-

It occurs to me that perhaps the cat is a monk. By this I do not mean anything austere. I doubt anyone in single-minded pursuit of enlightenment ever finds it. A good
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have always loved the descriptive writing style of Mr.Ruskin Bond. In this book, he has described his life in mountains so beautifully that it makes me want to pack my bags and leave for the mountains. While reading through this book, you can easily visualise the forests, the birds, the beautiful weather, in short, this book has a calm n soothing effect
Rohit Arondekar
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of musings, notes and diary entries by a famous author. The hardcover book is beautiful and makes you want to just slow down and read leisurely. There is no grand philosophy or a way of life and yet there is wisdom here. My first book by the reclusive author and I hope many more will follow.
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book, perhaps best enjoyed in the hill stations to fully soak in the atmosphere Ruskin Bond tries to create in these pages. Interestingly, I was reading this along side Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations - could there be a greater contrast! Meditations is written by a stoic emperor, gathering his thoughts on what practices can give life a sense of purpose. This book on the other hand, is written by a sensualist writer, sharing the little joys that have filled his years with a sense of wonder ...more
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books that is meant to be savoured.✨ An absolute delight to read, beautifully written.💚
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Simple, yet extraordinary. Bond has a peculiar way of looking at nature and deriving analogy for life. Reading this will bring you peace. It's best to read it in 2020. ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time I was a little girl. Me and my class went for a 5 days long trip to Bükk National Park, Hungary. Reading this book was like time travelling back there, the way I used to think back then, how everything felt right, the curiosity running through my veins, the innocence, the gentleness. The humble childish excitement for a cool spring just escaping by my feet, rolling joyfully down the mountain. The radiance, the pulsating earth beneath my feet, the throbbing heartbeats of nearby a ...more
Rachel Abraham
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A perfect read for a rainy day. Ruskin Bond did manage to sell me a dream of a life in the hills..may be some time after I hang my corporate boots.
Till then the learning of taking time to admire the small things that the world has to offer, living life to the fullest, living everyday to the max, doing you part in the best possible way and above all to forgive & forget before you end your day.
Cheers to living a simple yet content life.
Ritesh Kukrety
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quintessential Bond. The books talks about simple pleasures - a flower blooming against all odds in a crack in the wall, the song of a flitting nightjar, moonlight sneaking in through an open window, the whisper of the wind amongst deodar leaves, the touch of a loved one, that last kiss - and how they are often all that we need to make it through life. It is also pretty contradictory: at one point, Bond tells us how he understood his limitations as a writer and decided to work well within them, ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I got this signed copy of Mr. Ruskin Bond on my recent trip to Mussoorie. I can't surmise in words how sheer bliss it was holding this in my hand and reading each line one by one. The best thing about his writing is, that you always feel a certain kind of acquaintance with him. This book comprises few notes from his dairy along with few of his poems. The best part is, Ruskin himself telling you the secret to leading a content life.
Gives you some lovely quotes-

'Happiness is a mysterious thing,
Loyd Pinto
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading "A Book of Simple Living" couple of days ago and to my surprise I finished it within two days. In this book the author Ruskin Bond has beautifully explained his experiences in the mountains of Mussoorie and Dehradun. He describes how we can find beauty and greatness in small things that we see everyday. He asks the readers to observe the minute things in our surroundings and behaviours of all living creatures. These small things make our lives worth living. He says that we do n ...more
Kirti Upreti
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tomorrow will be another day of mad rush and chaos. The world would try to prove itself by showcasing its meanings of achievement. Everyone would again live for a moment and then wane into the same vortex of unhappiness.

Yet again I would be asked to participate in this act and again I would don a mask - for the loners attract unwanted attention. I would suffocate behind the mask and yet smile while anxiously waiting to reach back home to my solitude and my books.

For books like this one take me
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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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