Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RUSKIN BOND : What goes around,comes around

It is with a well meaning sentiment I attempt to replay cherishable slices from my formative years. During those knicker clad days,post dinner, my father followed a sedative ordeal.He would would lodge his warring  brat pack  on his cushioned lap and read aloud short stories from books piled up in the study. Those, were also the fragile moments, when serene tranquility descended in liberal servings to every rattled corner of our commotion garnished home. This process of story narration, constructively shaped our adult minds. My favored reading, revolved around the acclaimed works of two gentlemen, icons in their own right : Sir Baden Powell and Ruskin Bond. While the former shaped passion for outdoor living,field craft and a bouquet of lessons that formidable leadership programs would want to emulate, the latter nurtured love and respect for nature, an insight into the cherished wilderness and painted rural India as bursts of green hues where time stood still,only to be unsettled by the sighting of a wandering panther or the growl of a stray tiger seeking out a prey.   

It was happenings like those that infused  a fresh contrast to the crisp settings that his words described. Ruskin Bond thrived on a charm well woven. In doing so, his  tales helped me dream of undulated stretches of land carpeted in pristine grass, divided by crystal clear streams, fenced by snow capped peaks and kissed by the rising sun. In such serene settings, little me always managed to find a cameo appearance. Interposed into my fathers narration, I bargained to be brave Tembu in The Tiger in the Tunnel,  Lion hearted Jai in The Eye of the Eagle, Little Bond in Grandpa tickles a tiger  and just me in the other many stories narrated. The Bond magic had become a staple nightcap that helped me slip into my own sphere.
On my part, I yearn to relive those moments, both as a father and a son. As a parent, I attempt to narrate Bond's captivating  aura to my six year old offspring.He first protests, then the charm of the man takes over........ !!  
The caricature I have sketched is by no measure an attempt to mock the man who has left a deep impression on my literary taste and most importantly,the sense to merge with and respect our natural surroundings. 


  1. Hmm, although my dad never read to us he was the person who opened the doors to reading and fueled our imagination with mythical creatures, talking geese and dueling monkeys so to say.

    You are a good father sir, starting young is imperative. My kiddo was reading Harry Potter by the time she was 7. She is a voracious reader and so am I . I did read to her once and she would retell the story after I read it to her. We are still into reading but not as much as she (and I) would like to. Life's little details entrap us both.

    I remember the new book scent, I loved it. Ofcourse I hated dog ears on the pages...still do. I can't bear markings or writings on books too. Sorry I digress (a lot). Altho I love the flexibility of my nook there is no replacing the feeling of holding a physical book.

    <3 the cari

    1. @AIC.couldnt agree more on life's little details entrapping us.That is one maze that i wrestle with constantly.You a 'bookie', now I need a digestive...kidding, thank u for those comments

  2. @ ML: Please not the insurance company tag again AIC lol... hmm a bibliophile, or a bookworm even if u may....but defi not a bookie by any measure.

    ~ Red

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    1. Gratitude Natasha. Having keyed that in, I must state that I don't do this for profit. Do check your fb mailbox and see how you could use this illustration.