This Book has been selected as The #BookOfTheMonth by Wonder Books for the month of August 2018. Congratulations to the Author!
Book Name- The Beauty Of All My Days
Author- Ruskin Bond
Publisher- Penguin Viking
Release Date- 21st August 2018
My Rating- 5.5/5 (It is not a mistake. I mean it)
From The Back Cover-
So here I am, delving into the past like Monsieur Poirot, not to solve a mystery, but to try to understand some of the events that have helped define the sort of person I have become. Some of it, naturally, is in the genes; but much of it is in the environment, in the circumstances in which we grow up, in the people who come into our lives, even in the air we breathe.
Had I grown up in London or Timbuktu, I would have been a different sort of person, I’m sure. My parents (and those before them) made me. But India made me too. The soil, the air, the wind, the rain, the trees, the grass, the proximity of people-all these things made me . . .
Different things at different times helped to make the individual that is me, just as different things at different times helped to make you, just as they went into making your brothers and sisters, who are very different from you.
‘Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself,’ said Walt Whitman.
Each chapter of this memoir is a remembrance of times past, an attempt to resurrect a person or a period or an episode, a reflection on the unpredictability of life. Some paths lead nowhere; others lead to a spring of pure water. Take any path and hope for the best. At least it will lead you out of the shadows.
What an amazing Memoir it is. I was always a fan of Ruskin Bond but I kept a space from biographies and Memoirs. I thought that they may be a bit boring. But after reading this book my mind has changed. I found this book quite interesting. I loved reading about the interesting childhood and youth of Ruskin Bond.
It is not a biography, which means that the book is not written in a chronological or sequenced way. It includes various interesting incidents and happenings from the life of the author. It is a memoir and it includes many unknown secrets from the life of Ruskin Bond.
The other best thing is that it includes a lot of those photos- of the author and his friends, family, etc.- which are not only hard to find but almost unknown and unseen. So, If you are a Ruskin Bond fan this book not only provides you with interesting incidents and stories from the life of your favourite author but a glimpse through his life in the form of preserved photographs of the author. You will not believe me but it has a photograph of the author when he was just 2 years old in 1936. You will not find these photos anywhere else.
(I wanted to share some pictures but then I thought that it will ruin the fun of reading the book. So, I advise you to get your copy as soon as possible and take a dip in the magical life of the legendary author Ruskin Bond)
The writing style of the author does not need any review. It is one of the best I have ever read. It hypnotizes the reader and done the same to me also, I completed the book in one go.
At last, I would like to say that you must not only read this book but drink it so that you can learn something from the life of an author who has only two things most important in his life- writing and nature. He can leave everything except this two.
Details About The Author-
I know it is not needed but it is my rule to share the details.
Ruskin Bond is one of India’s best-loved writers, who has written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas, and more than forty books for children. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, the Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2014.