My Favourite Nature Stories


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Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

In Conversation with Ruskin Bond

I have been writing stories, sketches, poems and novels for over 65 years, and the greatest pleasure has come from writing about the natural world in my vicinity—wherever I may have been living.

When I came to live in Mussoorie just over fifty years ago, I lived in Maplewood Lodge, a cottage below Wynberg-Allen School. Its windows opened on to a well-forested hillside. So naturally I wrote about the trees, wild flowers and birds and other creatures who lived among them. Then circumstances forced me to move higher up the mountain, and for the last thirty-five years I have lived on the top floor of Ivy Cottage, in Landour Cantonment

Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

Here there

re windows too, and they open on to sky, clouds, the Doon valley, and range upon range of mountains. And from this perch on the hillside I feel that I am part of the greater world, mother India as well as the natural world of planet Earth.

Humankind took over the earth from the dinosaurs, who perished due to natural upheavals and dramatic climate changes. We could go the same way, as we have proved to be bad tenants with little or no regard for the natural world that we have inherited.

Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

Literature,Anthologies (Books),Children's Science, Nature & Technology (Books)

But I do not despair. Dawn gives way to daybreak and daybreak to sunrise. And when the sun bursts through my windows and streams across my little room, I look forward to another great day on the planet Earth. We must cherish each day as though it is our last.

Some of these pieces have appeared before in magazines or newspapers. A few are recent. Several have not been published between book covers.

I dedicate this book to all who cherish the green world of India, its forests, fields, streams and sacred rivers. Nature sustains us. Let us not do away with our natural inheritance.

Ruskin Bond

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa Publicatioins India; First edition (3 June 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 120 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 8129137682
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8129137685
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 16 years
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 140 g
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 0.86 x 19.81 cm
Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India

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