Feeling Gloomy? Here Are A Few Ruskin Bond Books That Could Cheer You Up

Best Books by Ruskin Bond

There are certain authors that we have all have grown up reading, who have helped shape our personality. For me, one author that really left a mark on me with his work was Ruskin Bond. He has written so many great stories that it is hard for me to pick a favourite. Mentioned below are a few of my most loved books by him. All these books have been published by Rupa Publications, one of my all-time favourite publication houses.

The Blue Umbrella is a 1980 Indian novel written by Ruskin Bond. It was adapted into a 2005 Hindi film by the same name, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Set in a small village in the hills. This was one of the first stories by Ruskin Bond that I read.


Tigers For Dinner: Tall Tales By Jim Corbett’s Khansama is a fun-filled book for children and adults alike. It is a collection of short stories about the adventures of Jim Corbett, narrated by his family cook Mehmoud, to the author when he was a child. Narrated in a simple style, all the tales told by the cook are as delicious as his food and takes a reader on a nostalgic journey. This book contains the author’s childhood experiences at the home of the great hunter Jim Corbett.

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This book weaves together a selection of Ruskin Bond’s essays and writings to bring to the reader the rich tapestry of his life, peppered as it is with delightful eccentricities and a geniality rarely found.


In ‘Monkey Trouble’ we find out all about the mischief Tutu the monkey that Grandfather brings home gets up to. In ‘Eye of the Eagle’ Jai has to singlehandedly save his herd from a wily eagle. And in ‘A Special Tree’ Rakesh and Grandfather take a small seed and watch as it grows into a tree that refuses to die.


  • My favourite nature stories

In this charming collection, Ruskin Bond talks about his various encounters with the natural world. From the chorus of cicadas to the song of the whistling thrush, from his love for sea shells to his favourite place on earth, Bond details why he has such an overwhelming love for nature. This book is for all who cherish the green world, just as Bond does.

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  • Falling in love again

The stories in Falling in Love Again showcase the myriad variations of romantic love fleeting, intimate, joyous, heartbreaking. Featuring classic stories by Ruskin Bond, such as The Eyes Have It and The Girl from Copenhagen, this stirring collection captures the range of feelings that are indubitably part of the infinite spectrum of love.


  • Roads to Mussoorie

Ruskin bond describes his many journeys to, from and around Mussoorie in this book. He then delves into the daily scandals surrounding his life and friends in the (not so) sleepy hill town. The pieces in this collection are characterized by an incorrigible sense of humour and an eye for ordinary-and most often unnoticed-details that are so essential to the geographic, social and cultural fabric of a place.


Have I missed your favourite Bond story? Tell me the name of the stories you like in the comments section!

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