“The past is always with us, for it feeds the present.” — Ruskin Bond
Sweet memories of the past, the fondness with which one remembers it in the present and the hope for a beautiful life in the future… Isn’t this more or less the sum of all parts that we call life? No writer could elucidate this better than Ruskin Bond. The collection The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories is not just a pick from some of his best works; it unlocks touching moments buried deep in the recesses of the reader’s mind.
Stories such as My Father’s Trees in Dehra took me back to my grandfather’s garden, while A Face in the Night teleported me to a summer when I was a kid and loved sharing scary stories with my friends. The candour and the relatability of stories such as Bus Stop, Pipalnagar and A Love of Long Ago is enough to get the reader sighing wistfully and longing to revisit their youth when they chased success or love or both.