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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

Specifications of Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories (Paperback)

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Authored By Ruskin Bon
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 Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd inch
Weight 214 g
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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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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.

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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.

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16 Mar 2014
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Could we travel back in time?

Today, when we walk down our streets, we fancy the shiny vehicles that pass by, the contemporary buildings that are around, the west-inspired clothes people wear. The generation after ours will grow up seeing these, or an advanced version of these. What they will never know is a small part of our childhood, where we had the opportunity to experience life before interference, growth and consumption by technology. What WE never got a glimpse of was the life and times of the generations before us, where conversations and emotions were real, and not painted, portrayed and displayed for the onli... ()

Today, when we walk down our streets, we fancy the shiny vehicles that pass by, the contemporary buildings that are around, the west-inspired clothes people wear. The generation after ours will grow up seeing these, or an advanced version of these. What they will never know is a small part of our childhood, where we had the opportunity to experience life before interference, growth and consumption by technology. What WE never got a glimpse of was the life and times of the generations before us, where conversations and emotions were real, and not painted, portrayed and displayed for the onli...
Today, when we walk down our streets, we fancy the shiny vehicles that pass by, the contemporary buildings that are around, the west-inspired clothes people wear. The generation after ours will grow up seeing these, or an advanced version of these. What they will never know is a small part of our childhood, where we had the opportunity to experience life before interference, growth and consumption by technology. What WE never got a glimpse of was the life and times of the generations before us, where conversations and emotions were real, and not painted, portrayed and displayed for the online world to see. Ruskin Bond gives us the opportunity to know how life in more fortunate days were and how ours' could've otherwise been, through the beautiful imagery he places before us through his words.

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17 Jan 2014
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The magic of 'Bond'ing through words!

Its essential to point out at the very onset that, once a work by Mr.Bond is read up, rather gobbled, by the reader, it becomes absolutely immaterial to discuss price/page quality/binding/delivery and such other mundane aspects of the book. Only the experience of having lived a few days of nostalgic glory lingers on..
Strongly recommended for every living creature on the face of earth, and beyond. But very few would be sensitive enough to extract the nectar of the sweet yet sad nostalgia..those years gone by..those little bits of happiness we can no more identify..those moments of teary-eye...
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Its essential to point out at the very onset that, once a work by Mr.Bond is read up, rather gobbled, by the reader, it becomes absolutely immaterial to discuss price/page quality/binding/delivery and such other mundane aspects of the book. Only the experience of having lived a few days of nostalgic glory lingers on..
Strongly recommended for every living creature on the face of earth, and beyond. But very few would be sensitive enough to extract the nectar of the sweet yet sad nostalgia..those years gone by..those little bits of happiness we can no more identify..those moments of teary-eye...
Its essential to point out at the very onset that, once a work by Mr.Bond is read up, rather gobbled, by the reader, it becomes absolutely immaterial to discuss price/page quality/binding/delivery and such other mundane aspects of the book. Only the experience of having lived a few days of nostalgic glory lingers on..
Strongly recommended for every living creature on the face of earth, and beyond. But very few would be sensitive enough to extract the nectar of the sweet yet sad nostalgia..those years gone by..those little bits of happiness we can no more identify..those moments of teary-eyes we can no more enjoy..

Buy it. Read it. Feel it. Period.

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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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Stories that make you wonder if one man could really hold so much inside his heart.

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