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Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories (English)

Author: Ruskin Bon
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The best of a lifetime of stories from a short story writer of rare distinction.

Ruskin Bond???s stories are predominantly set in the beautiful hill country of Garhwal where he has made his home for the last twenty-five years. Some of these stories present people who, consciously or otherwise, need each other: people in love or in need of love, the awkward adolescent and the timid lover. Some are gently satirical studies about village and small-town braggarts and petty officials.

Several others mourn the gradual erosion of the beauty of the hills (and the gentle people who live in them) with the coming of the steel and dust and worries of modern civilization. All the stories are rewarding for their compassionate portrayal of love, loss, accomplishment,

Table of Contents

  • The Woman on Platform
  • The Coral Tree 
  • The Photograph 
  • The Window  
  • Chach 's Funeral  
  • The Man Who Was Kipling  
  • The Eyes Have It  
  • The Thief 
  • The Boy who Broke The Bank  
  • His Neighbour's Wife  
  • The Night Train at Deoli 
  • Bus Stop, Pipalnagar 
  • The Garlands on His Brow 
  • A Guardian Angel 
  • Death of a Familiar 
  • The Kitemaker  
  • The Monkeys  
  • The Prospect of Flowers  
  • A Case for Inspector Lal  
  • A Face in the Night  
  • A Job Well Done 
  • The Story of Madhu  
  • The Cherry Tree  
  • My Father's Trees in Dehra  
  • Panther's Moon  
  • The Leopard  
  • Sita and the River  
  • Love is a Sad Song 
  • When You Can't Climb Trees Any More 
  • A Love of Long Ago

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Authored By Ruskin Bon
Author Info

Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and... Read More

Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2000
ISBN-13 9780140116151
ISBN-10 014011615X
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 248 Pages
Series & Set Details
Series Name India S.
Dimensions
Width Vaidyanathan, T.G. inch
Height 0.59 inch
Weight 214 g
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Ritesh Shrivastav
16 Nov 2011
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Savour & Relish..!!

A Sleepy Indian Railway Station, Natives waiting for the Night Train to Deoli, so, how's this a story? Just, open it & read on, the author fills it with the Magic of Life, in the poorest of the poor, the most mundane of circumstances............throbbing with the suspense, trials & tribulations, ofyet another day spent, in this country of a kind..!! That's Ruskin Bond for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DHIRAJ SHARMA
13 Aug 2012
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BEAUTY IN PLAIN AND SIMPLE STORIES

Night Train at Deoli is a collection of 30 short stories of Ruskin Bond.

The stories are simple and thought provoking and pertain to the time the author spent as a child and teenager in the foothills of Himalayas i.e Dehra and Mussorrie.
Most of the stories run into 2 or 3 pages. There are a couple of them which were part of my English syllabus while I was studying in school.

As Bond himself mentions in the preface of the book, his stories are not about espionage, mystery, suspense or murder. Rather these are simple stories of simple folk in the pure and unspoilt land of the hills, forest...
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Night Train at Deoli is a collection of 30 short stories of Ruskin Bond.

The stories are simple and thought provoking and pertain to the time the author spent as a child and teenager in the foothills of Himalayas i.e Dehra and Mussorrie.
Most of the stories run into 2 or 3 pages. There are a couple of them which were part of my English syllabus while I was studying in school.

As Bond himself mentions in the preface of the book, his stories are not about espionage, mystery, suspense or murder. Rather these are simple stories of simple folk in the pure and unspoilt land of the hills, forest...
Night Train at Deoli is a collection of 30 short stories of Ruskin Bond.

The stories are simple and thought provoking and pertain to the time the author spent as a child and teenager in the foothills of Himalayas i.e Dehra and Mussorrie.
Most of the stories run into 2 or 3 pages. There are a couple of them which were part of my English syllabus while I was studying in school.

As Bond himself mentions in the preface of the book, his stories are not about espionage, mystery, suspense or murder. Rather these are simple stories of simple folk in the pure and unspoilt land of the hills, forests, the bazaars and its flora and fauna.

Since I belong to the hills probabaly I can relate more to its little towns, villages and its folk. However this is precisely the message Bond tries to convey. i.e he will make you connect and feel the anguish, sorrow, pain and joy of mundane events which many of us do not even register in our minds.

Admist the hustle and bustle of city life and its rat race, Ruskin Bond's stories are the perfect dose to make you think and ponder about the beauty hidden in the simplest of events.

Hats off to Mr. Ruskin Bond.

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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Atul Paswan
21 Dec 2013
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Hill stations and longing for something lost reminisinced

While I was studying in my 9th class,I read a story called 'Woman on Platform 8'.Although I was not particularly fond of any particular writer,this writer had a particular charm that I felt,a
longing for a past era,an era which I longed for(in my dreams).I also wanted to be that Arun
waiting for the north-bound train,I got a sense of freedom in his stories, a sense I knew we could never possess in our life.We can only long for that freedom,and because of that longing,we want to read more of his stories.

His stories describe a vivid description of the life in a flora and fauna filled Hill s...
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While I was studying in my 9th class,I read a story called 'Woman on Platform 8'.Although I was not particularly fond of any particular writer,this writer had a particular charm that I felt,a
longing for a past era,an era which I longed for(in my dreams).I also wanted to be that Arun
waiting for the north-bound train,I got a sense of freedom in his stories, a sense I knew we could never possess in our life.We can only long for that freedom,and because of that longing,we want to read more of his stories.

His stories describe a vivid description of the life in a flora and fauna filled Hill s...
While I was studying in my 9th class,I read a story called 'Woman on Platform 8'.Although I was not particularly fond of any particular writer,this writer had a particular charm that I felt,a
longing for a past era,an era which I longed for(in my dreams).I also wanted to be that Arun
waiting for the north-bound train,I got a sense of freedom in his stories, a sense I knew we could never possess in our life.We can only long for that freedom,and because of that longing,we want to read more of his stories.

His stories describe a vivid description of the life in a flora and fauna filled Hill station.
Some stories describe a colorful description of peoples' characters(such as in 'Bus stop in PipalNagar'),some stories describe about a desperate seizing longing about someone(such as in 'Night Train at Deoli').
A two or three stories are filled with more action than other stories(such as in 'Leopard' and 'panther's Moon',although both provide radically different messages to the reader).
Most of these stories describes the writers' love for the nature,the abounding beauty in the Himalayan mountains and concerns of it being eroded by the fast,selfish life of the commercialisation based economy.He describes the dangers(man-eaters) lurking in these mountains and dangers(humans) shooting guns at the dangers for skins.

His romanticism filled stories are one of a kind,that odd girl you saw at the station,that you could never forget,the serene face,the giggling smile,the girl that had no background in common with you,but you looked for her helplessly,tried to picture the meetings with her,even though she was a complete stranger to you,and you only knew that she was a poor girl selling guava or oranges in a small station.

On the other hand,some stories describes some weird cases(such as in 'Boy who Broke the Bank',portraying how a mound can become a mountain).

All in all the stories remind you of something whether they be longing for someone reincarnated or a message for life to take home.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Vineet Gedam
29 Mar 2013
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For those who love the simple things in life!

This was the first Ruskin Bond book that I bought and after that I've started collecting his books. This book has short simple stories...specially, stories of longing...stories which melt your heart. The book will be liked by those who love the simple things in life, those who love nature. I'm now a fan of Ruskin Bond!

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Rajeysh Bhattad
03 Mar 2012
A very strange read but sensible!

A very nice read given that am a childhood lover. He brings those all memories back flooding to heart.

A very strange thing about the stories is that in most of the stories the author leaves the reader to interpret the endings. there are no definite endings and that makes the stories a part of our conscience!

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Memories revisited

Night Train at Deoli was a chapter in the English text book as part of the SSC curriculum.This was long ago.The book is a compilation go short stories written by Ruskin Bond.If you are nostalgic about "Night Train at Deoli",this book is for you.
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A collection of eternal stories.

There isn't much to say honesty. The name Ruskin Bond speaks for itself. Mr. Bond is one of those authors who has never disappointed me. Truly a great read with stories that linger in your head even years after you've read them. As though the author defined a part of your own life, or may be you... (View complete review)

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