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Description taken from Penguin Books A delightful read... no one understands nature like Ruskin Bond and it takes his ability to put this wonder into words'-Deccan Chronicle For over half a century, Ruskin Bond has celebrated the wonder and beauty of nature as few other contemporary writers have, or indeed can. This collection brings together the best of his writing on the Description taken from Penguin Books A delightful read... no one understands nature like Ruskin Bond and it takes his ability to put this wonder into words'-Deccan Chronicle For over half a century, Ruskin Bond has celebrated the wonder and beauty of nature as few other contemporary writers have, or indeed can. This collection brings together the best of his writing on the natural world, not just in the Himalayan foothills that he has made his home, but also in the cities and small towns that he lived in or travelled through as a young man. In these pages, he writes of leopards padding down the lanes of Mussoorie after dark, the first shower of the monsoon in Meerut that brings with it a tumult of new life, the chorus of insects at twilight outside his window, ancient banyan trees and the short-lived cosmos flower, a bat who strays into his room and makes a night less lonely... This volume proves, yet again, that for the serenity and lyricism of his prose and his sharp yet sympathetic eye, Ruskin Bond has few equals. 'Once again this writer from Mussoorie captivates with his collection of nature pieces -Sunday Midday 'Bond uses his pen as a brush to paint sensuous images of his experiences with nature and beckons his readers into his imagination ... a book that relaxes the eyes, rests the mind, lulls the noise and lets one drift into the idyllic life with nature that most of us are unable to lead'-Dawn


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Description taken from Penguin Books A delightful read... no one understands nature like Ruskin Bond and it takes his ability to put this wonder into words'-Deccan Chronicle For over half a century, Ruskin Bond has celebrated the wonder and beauty of nature as few other contemporary writers have, or indeed can. This collection brings together the best of his writing on the Description taken from Penguin Books A delightful read... no one understands nature like Ruskin Bond and it takes his ability to put this wonder into words'-Deccan Chronicle For over half a century, Ruskin Bond has celebrated the wonder and beauty of nature as few other contemporary writers have, or indeed can. This collection brings together the best of his writing on the natural world, not just in the Himalayan foothills that he has made his home, but also in the cities and small towns that he lived in or travelled through as a young man. In these pages, he writes of leopards padding down the lanes of Mussoorie after dark, the first shower of the monsoon in Meerut that brings with it a tumult of new life, the chorus of insects at twilight outside his window, ancient banyan trees and the short-lived cosmos flower, a bat who strays into his room and makes a night less lonely... This volume proves, yet again, that for the serenity and lyricism of his prose and his sharp yet sympathetic eye, Ruskin Bond has few equals. 'Once again this writer from Mussoorie captivates with his collection of nature pieces -Sunday Midday 'Bond uses his pen as a brush to paint sensuous images of his experiences with nature and beckons his readers into his imagination ... a book that relaxes the eyes, rests the mind, lulls the noise and lets one drift into the idyllic life with nature that most of us are unable to lead'-Dawn

30 review for Ruskin Bond's Book Of Nature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Ruskin Bond and his books!! Aren't they just AMAZING!! Unfortunately, this book is my very first, and I can't wait to dive in for more of his books. I was checking on GoodReads for the books written by him and the list is endless. I am clearly going to have an excellent time reading them. There is a famous Bollywood movie adaptation on his book 'Susanna's Seven Husbands.' Favorite Nature Stories is a collection of all of Ruskin Bond's favorite write-ups on Nature. This book was released as a trib Ruskin Bond and his books!! Aren't they just AMAZING!! Unfortunately, this book is my very first, and I can't wait to dive in for more of his books. I was checking on GoodReads for the books written by him and the list is endless. I am clearly going to have an excellent time reading them. There is a famous Bollywood movie adaptation on his book 'Susanna's Seven Husbands.' Favorite Nature Stories is a collection of all of Ruskin Bond's favorite write-ups on Nature. This book was released as a tribute to Ruskin Bond by his Publisher 'Rupa Publications' on his 82nd birthday. He expresses his gratitude that he could never receive a more perfect gift. Reading Ruskin Bond stories is like unleashing that creative part in you that you never imagined could exist. This book is full of short stories where he shares his experience; when he was surrounded by nature, be it in the laps of the Himalayas, his old rental stay in Mussoorie, or London. Nature never stopped surprising him nor do his stories. He explains in detail his rendezvous with the different species of flowers, trees, birds, animals, mountains and people circling him. Right from his stay in Maplewood Lodge to his stay in London, which lasted just for a couple of years, he makes sure all the details are precise and descriptive, to spark that imaginative frame of your mind and go explore the wilderness as he does so himself. "Once you have lived with mountains, there is no escape. You belong to them." This is so very true; by the end of the book, I had wished the book never ended. Even with the scorching heat around me, I could feel the coolness of the mountains, the refreshing breeze circulating in his cottage, the insects and birds making noise when it starts raining and the beauty of nature. You are simply transported to his world and forget all the realities encircling you. Isn't that something that a book should perpetually do. As you venture deeper into the book, you cannot help but notice the depth to which he has explained about each and every insect, flower, animal, unlike his claims of being immature in this field; it takes in a great deal of effort to research and then explain it to the reader in a simple language and make sure the reader is on the same emotional level as his. His works are totally effortless and mind-boggling. I would recommend this book to each and everyone to be transported to Ruskin Bond's nature world minus the concrete jungle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Namratha

    ‘Nature doesn’t promise you anything - an after life, rewards for good behaviour, protection from enemies, wealth, happiness, progeny, all the things that humans desire and pray for. No, nature does not promise any of these things. Nature is a reward in itself.’ And with that fitting introduction, Ruskin Bond takes you into his private paradise. He talks about his formative years and the influence that nature has had in shaping his thoughts and work. The book is interesting in bits and parts. I en ‘Nature doesn’t promise you anything - an after life, rewards for good behaviour, protection from enemies, wealth, happiness, progeny, all the things that humans desire and pray for. No, nature does not promise any of these things. Nature is a reward in itself.’ And with that fitting introduction, Ruskin Bond takes you into his private paradise. He talks about his formative years and the influence that nature has had in shaping his thoughts and work. The book is interesting in bits and parts. I enjoyed his memories of a childhood spent at his grandfather’s house in Dehra. Building a makeshift platform on the Banyan tree…curling up with dog-eared books…and stealthily observing the antics of animal life in the overgrown garden below; all struck a nostalgic chord with me. The sojourn in the Himalayas was also engrossing. He captures the stark beauty of the mountains with all the fondness of a native. Especially poignant is the account of The Leopard. Read it and feel the elemental connection. I revelled in the chapter on ‘Rains’…more so because I read the book during the monsoon. I have always had a specialty affinity for this particular season and over the years have made quite a few jottings of my own. Some of his notes mirrored mine and all I wanted to do was snuggle up and read on...and on. On the downside…I didn’t much take to the tedious descriptions of plant-life. It was too reminiscent of a college-lecture to hold my interest. While the book didn’t match the wit and sheer charm of ‘My Family and Other Animals' …it does resonate with all who have spent many a hazy summer day in their native places…soaking in nature and never ever realising the treasures surrounding them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rizowana

    If there is anything that has helped in my early morning and late evening metro commute to and from work, it is this. Pure bliss. As someone who reveres and finds spirituality in nature the same way as this man, reading this book was like finding an old friend talking to me. The enthusiasm and thrill with which Bond chooses his words to talk about this space that he attaches such deep meaning to resonated with my heart. I am so very glad I picked this up to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raksha Bhat

    I have learned so much from this book, a review will never do justice to the feeling! :-)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Supriya

    I always feel the same when amidst the nature. But could really never express in those exact words. The way Ruskin Bond describes is just fantabulous.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Keerthi Dasala

    This book is a metaphor for bliss. Honestly, I just wished this book never ended and all I wanted is to snuggle up and read on... and on. As I progressed deep into the book, I am transported into the wonderland of Ruskin Bond's world of nature and the depth with which he explains every animal, bird, insect, plant, flowers .. in such a deceptively simple yet clear language is absolutely wonderful. It's like an old friend having a conversation with me and narrating experiences with such enthusiasm This book is a metaphor for bliss. Honestly, I just wished this book never ended and all I wanted is to snuggle up and read on... and on. As I progressed deep into the book, I am transported into the wonderland of Ruskin Bond's world of nature and the depth with which he explains every animal, bird, insect, plant, flowers .. in such a deceptively simple yet clear language is absolutely wonderful. It's like an old friend having a conversation with me and narrating experiences with such enthusiasm and thrill by choosing words to talk about the nature attached with such deep meaning struck a nostalgic chord with me. I can't help but reread the same chapters over and over again, the chapter I especially reveled was on Rains. Overall, this book is a nature lovers retreat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pratheeksha

    Nature gives. And takes away. And gives again. Ruskin Bond's Book of Nature is a soothing balm to one's soul. This book is like petrichor on a summer's day- pleasant and comforting. My heart was pounding while reading 'Big-cat tales' as I was expecting a tragic end. The ending came as a total surprise. But as Ruskin Bond says, " The tiger is the very soul of India, and when the last tiger has gone, so will the soul of the country". Let's hope that our country would never descend to that level! May Nature gives. And takes away. And gives again. Ruskin Bond's Book of Nature is a soothing balm to one's soul. This book is like petrichor on a summer's day- pleasant and comforting. My heart was pounding while reading 'Big-cat tales' as I was expecting a tragic end. The ending came as a total surprise. But as Ruskin Bond says, " The tiger is the very soul of India, and when the last tiger has gone, so will the soul of the country". Let's hope that our country would never descend to that level! May there always be tigers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Swagatika Panda

    Absolutely loved it! Was perfect therapy to give peace to my heart ... a pleasant and peace-giving book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Prachi Pednekar

    nature always tends to act in a simplest way...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ara

    Great anthology of Nature trails by Ruskin Bond. The division into further sections like Grandfather's Zoo, civilized wilderness, trees, flowers, winged ones, big cat tales, nature's fury etc is very helpful. The tress section gets a but boring as it is more about the scientific names of the plants. Great anthology of Nature trails by Ruskin Bond. The division into further sections like Grandfather's Zoo, civilized wilderness, trees, flowers, winged ones, big cat tales, nature's fury etc is very helpful. The tress section gets a but boring as it is more about the scientific names of the plants.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Dubey

    If you are a person who feel happy around nature and plants, animals and birds make you cheerful, this book is for you. Even a plant, a crow, a Tiger can be a protagonist in Bond's stories. Loved this book. If you are a person who feel happy around nature and plants, animals and birds make you cheerful, this book is for you. Even a plant, a crow, a Tiger can be a protagonist in Bond's stories. Loved this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    SJ

    What a wonderful tribute to Nature!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hiran Sasidharan

    His childhood memories will make you yearn for such a beautiful one..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chatura

    A bible for nature lovers. Take a bow, Ruskin Bond.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mushisho Azhar

    A calming read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krishna N

    well this was my first book which was kind of say like this book.and honestly as a wanted-to-be-artist and a somewhat nature lover i bought this book for the impression created by the cover.it happens long ago that when usually go for browsing books in a famous book shop near the city to have a change of atmosphere my eyes caught this brilliant green book and when i lifted it for curiosity i felt the texture on the cover and fell in love with that. a typical bibliophile.i bought it few months or well this was my first book which was kind of say like this book.and honestly as a wanted-to-be-artist and a somewhat nature lover i bought this book for the impression created by the cover.it happens long ago that when usually go for browsing books in a famous book shop near the city to have a change of atmosphere my eyes caught this brilliant green book and when i lifted it for curiosity i felt the texture on the cover and fell in love with that. a typical bibliophile.i bought it few months or a year ago but never quiet had chance to read and since I am out of job now my favorite pastime are reading books,watching tv and along with other so-called wasteful things to my father. and when i saw this book lying before me on the shelf i thought why shouldn't i give it a try to read.hence i went on a what seemed like a long journey but in short life.the author who was an indian born english man has a great knowledge of his mother tongue.i went along with him to beautiful places.like himalays,Delhi,Assam,Punjab,Mussoorie and to many forests and adventures alike. i heard the tales of tiger,leopard and other felines.then it was time for music of birds and insects,their life styles.forset fires,elephants,trophy huntings etc.from forst fires to hill tops and earthquakes to cyclone storms.flowes and trees even weeds.frogs to the tiny firefly which happens to be the tiniest.wow. what a writing.i thought how it would feel being like the author himself able to explain our day-to-day life in an extraordinary way and to live the same.wonderfull and again i praise his works.this was just the beginning and in time i will read more of his works,i hope.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ridhima

    I always had this constant urge to be closer to nature. To live near a rackety dusty path full of huge trees, to be close to mountains, the jungles nearby and some lone river flowing through. Himalayas - to give you the exact expression. I revere them, it brings a feeling of awe to me. But, somehow I never felt it as home. I feel little intimidated, like a visitor from the outside world, who longs for the nature to adopt her & be called as nature's own. After this book, things would change a littl I always had this constant urge to be closer to nature. To live near a rackety dusty path full of huge trees, to be close to mountains, the jungles nearby and some lone river flowing through. Himalayas - to give you the exact expression. I revere them, it brings a feeling of awe to me. But, somehow I never felt it as home. I feel little intimidated, like a visitor from the outside world, who longs for the nature to adopt her & be called as nature's own. After this book, things would change a little I feel. It is like a grandfather introducing the kid in me, to the nature and making me shake hands to a new friend. We may not become buddies overnight, but would greet each other with a shy smile. Even my instinct reaction to snakes, crocodiles & family would change from fear to a fascinating glance. I would let go of annoyance at mosquito's, bees, spiders & family, and they would be accepted to share space with me. I feel more attentive towards leaves flutter, bird calls & dragon flies air flights.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Siddhi Sane

    I live in a city, complete with polluting cars and concrete jungles. And to mess things up even my career doesn't allow me the much wanted escape to the hills and raw nature. This might be the exact same profile of most of the city youngsters. So what do u do when u still want to relive the purest forms of mother nature?.. read this book, because its the closest you can virtually get to the real tranquility. Recommended for all nature lovers.... I live in a city, complete with polluting cars and concrete jungles. And to mess things up even my career doesn't allow me the much wanted escape to the hills and raw nature. This might be the exact same profile of most of the city youngsters. So what do u do when u still want to relive the purest forms of mother nature?.. read this book, because its the closest you can virtually get to the real tranquility. Recommended for all nature lovers....

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pranshu Lohiya

    This is that book I read and re-read to escape the gloom of being away from nature. Each story leaves me craving for a little more and makes me nostalgic for a simple life that I never lived. Definitely, my favorite book to sit with a cup of Hot Chocolate on a rainy day.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Niloy Mitra

    Wonderful. How can one not love this book?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kushal Kushlendra

    Very relaxing and refreshing

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh Singh

    If the senses were given the gift of speech, this is what they would speak.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ritvik

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nishant Ladpura

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sudipta John

  26. 4 out of 5

    shukrani

  27. 4 out of 5

    Huko Muko

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kriti Pathak

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yamini Vaidya

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sayonee

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