One more gift from the writer from the hills, Ruskin Bond. The books hooks one back to the early school days and ilis a great illustration of hostel life, running errands with friends, childhood list, and great friendship. The book will make the reader feel nostalgic and also highlights the situation the nation was undergoing during the eve of Independence, partition and political unrest. Overall, a great read with wonderful hand drawn sketches.
It's a beautifully written book which takes you through a succinct account of the author's stay at the boarding school during the days of independence. While reading you also get some minute yet thoughtful life lessons along with a glimpse of the hostel life in the bucolic mountains. Happy reading! :-)
“Coming Round the Mountain: In the Year of Independence” is targeted at young children and pre-teens, but having devoured it in a single sitting myself, I feel that people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy it. In fact, I’m rushing to share it with my father and father-in-law, both of whom studied in boarding schools, as I know they will love it too.
The book made me smile, cry and feel thoroughly nostalgic, and I’m sure it will appeal to you and your children too. Please pick this gem of a book up at the earliest- you will not regret it!
Though I never went to a boarding school yet this book takes me back to my schooldayss of getting whacked by the cane, the strict P.T master, getting late to school, getting detention and the food in the canteen.
I still remember precisely, I used to gulp down my lunch in ten mins and rush to the library to spend rest of the lunchtime reading books. While the other kids played, Ruskin Bond's books took me closer to my love for reading.
And with this new book of his, Coming Round the Mountain, an autobiographical memoir, I am taken back to his life at School through the Partition of 1947.
The 13 year old Bond loves reading, plays football and hockey, loves eating jalebis abd spending time with friends.
This book takes you to the age where friendship matters more than religion and politics.
"Do wars solve anything, or do they just lead to more wars?"
Reminds us that our freedom lead us to our war against our own people.
I grew up on Enid Blyton and Ruskin Bond’s books. These are the earliest books I remember loving, once I started reading independently as a child. Imagine my joy then, when @penguinindia @puffinbooks sent me Bond’s latest book to review!
The story itself is an autobiographical memoir of Bond’s life at school through the year 1947. He loves reading, playing football or hockey, eating jalebis, sneaking out of school and having fun with his gang of friends. The Fearsome Four belong to different religions and have distinct personalities. But as Bond puts it, “Adults seem to think it important, but at thirteen, friendship and loyalty seemed to matter more.” I would recommend this book for children above 7 years. Especially school-going kids who want to know more about the Independence and how it touched children's lives too.