30 July, 2021

Enduring Love

Rupa is to be congratulated for packaging a delightful and undemanding memoir at less than Rs 100.

Enduring Love
Mussoorie’s always attracted eccentrics because, unlike Simla, there’s nothing official about it. Roads To Mussoorie, despite being a light-hearted miscellany, remains quintessential Bond. The title refers to the original bridle path from Rajpur up which we’re told Kipling had toiled to "swallow lungfuls of diamond cut air" which he incorporated into Kim. If the town remains a sanctuary for writers, it’s largely thanks to Ruskin’s dogged dedication that stuck to the muse through thick and thin.

"If you want to write a good story, eat a good breakfast," Bond advises. He should know. The first thing he did at the outset of his freelancing career was adopt his cook. Whatever else he did in his garret, it wasn’t starve. Though short on substance, these amusing anecdotes bear the imprint of his whimsical style and affectionate wit and leave a characteristic fragrance of the simple wonders latent in nature and humanity. His pen sparks into a higher octave when amidst growing things—flowers, trees and children. And his appeal to readers of all ages may lie...

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