04 December, 2020

A Phantom On Platform No. 3

For all those who say "But I don't understand poetry", this is a perfect book of verse to cut your poetic teeth on.

A Phantom On Platform No. 3
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On a rather distressing day while I was grappling with tax troubles, travel plans and several such irritants, A Little Night Music—a collection of verse by Ruskin Bond—arrived on my desk. Seeking distraction more than reprieve, I did a quick look-through and chanced upon one of the most delightful poems I have ever read: All is Life.

Perhaps it was how I was feeling then. Perhaps it was that there was a world of wisdom in that short poem. Perhaps it was the innate compassion that shone through. All poetry is subjective and it seemed as though the words spoke to me. Me alone.

Be kind, my friend.
Hold on, in times of pain and strife;
Until death comes, all is life...

Bond’s first collection of poetry, all written by the author-poet in the course of this year, is a combination of light verse for both adults and children. While all may not sparkle with the luminosity of All is Life or Don’t be Afraid of the Dark or even The Phantom Lover, there are also some remarkable poems with marvellous comic timing. Like:...

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