Ruskin Bond is comforting and safe book to read whenever you feel you're low and hopeless about life. He shows yout the comfort in little things and ways to appreciate life. This book is about many joys of living a good long life. As of now, Ruskin Bond is 89 years! He has lived through Queen Elizabeths' coronation, World War-2, Gandhi's assasination and many more. He talks of the life events as well as simple things like the bed where we spend half of our life, the dreams, the roads, the horse chestnut tree, perks of walking.
A few episodes like how Ruskin gave the records to theatre manager and received a year pass of cinema. Mr. Bromley lent money to buy type writer. Also, I love the verse Ruskin mentions in the middle of the pages.
There were some life advices as well- Laugh it Off when you're let down. Follow your mind, but listen to your heart.
If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
And if I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?
Look thy last on all things lovely,
Every hour. Let no night
Seal they sense in deathly slumber
Till to delight
Thou have paid thy utmost blessing;
Since that all things thou would praise
Beauty took from those who loved them
In other days
When the seas are full of plastic
And the rivers clogged with silt,
Thge garbage makes a mountain
Of all our human filth.
When you are down and out
Lift up your head and shout
'It's going to be a great day!'
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
Just a song at twilight
When the light is low,
And the flickering shadows
Come and go....