‘Rusty comes Home’ by Ruskin Bond

Image result for book rusty comes homeRUSTY COMES HOME IS A FAMOUS BOOK WRITTEN BY RUSKIN BOND. THERE ARE MANY BOOKS IN THESE SERIES LIKE RUSTY THE BOY FROM HILLS, RUSTY RUNS HOME, RUSTY AND THE LEOPARD, RUSTY GOES TO LONDON AND RUSTY COMES HOME. RUSKIN BOND IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF MANY OTHER BOOKS LIKE-THE HIDDEN POOL, MR. OLIVER’S DIARY, THE KASHMIRI STORY TELLER, THE CHERRY TREE, THE EYES OF THE EAGLE, GETTING GRANNIES GLASSES, CRAZY TIME WITH UNCLE KEN.

RUSTY COMES HOME IS THE FIFTH AND FINAL VOLUME IN THE SERIES OF RUSTY STORIES. HERE RUSTY WOBBLE AROUND ON HIS OLD BICYCLE. FROM DEHRA DUN, HE EXPLORED OLD AND NEW DELHI, LIVED IN SHAHGANJ AND SETTLED AROUND MUSSORIE. THERE HE GOT NEW COMPANIONS. THE FIRST CHAPTER IS –‘ALL YOU NEED IS PAPER’. IN THIS CHAPTER HE REMEMBERS ABOUT THE GOOD OLD EXPERIENCES WHILE HE WAS IN LONDON. THE NEXT CHAPTER ‘SUMMERTIME IN OLD NEW DELHI’ DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCES AFTER MIGRATING TO DELHI FROM DEHRA AND WORKED THERE IN AN INTERNATIONAL RELIEF AGENCY EVEN THOUGH HE WAS NOT HAPPY THERE. NEXT IS ‘BHABIJI’S HOUSE’. THERE HE LIVED WITH HIS FRIEND KAMAL. HIS FAMILY WAS A PUNJABI. THE REST OF THE STORY DEALS WITH HIS EXPERIENCES WITH KAMAL’S FAMILY. NEXT STORY IS ‘THE CROOKED TREE’. HE AGAIN SHIFTED FROM DELHI TO SHAHGANJ WITH A VERY SMALL ROOM. THERE HE GOT A FRIEND CALLED KETAN. THEY TOGETHER HAD WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES. ‘THE STORY OF MADHU’ DEALS WITH HIS EXPERIENCE WITH A YOUNG GIRL MADHU. SHE WAS ABOUT NINE. HE TAUGHT HER TO READ AND WRITE. HE EVEN HELPED HER TO GET PROPER EDUCATION. LATER MADHU BECAME HIS LITTLE FRIEND. NEXT IS ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL’. HE GOT A COMPANION NAMED SURESH WHO WAS A LITTLE BOY OF THIRTEEN. THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ‘THE NIGHT TRAIN AT DEOLI’.  HE MET A LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS SELLING BASKETS IN THE RAILWAY PLATFORM ON THE WAY TO A PLACE CALLED DEOLI. ‘HE SAID IT WITH ARSENIC’ IS THE NEXT CHAPTER. IN THIS CHAPTER HE NARRATES ABOUT A PERSON CALLED MR. WILLIAM JONES AND IN REST OF THE CHAPTER HE DESCRIBES ABOUT MR. JONES CHARACTER. THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ‘BINYA PASSES BY’. IN THIS HE MEETS A LADY CALLED BINYA AND GETS ATTRACTED TOWARDS HER. ‘THE GOOD OLD DAYS’ DESCRIBES ABOUT HIS MEETING WITH MISS PETTIBONE HIS AUNT ABOUT EIGHTY FIVE. THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ‘THE TROUBLE WITH JINNS’. ITS ALL ABOUT HIS FRIEND JIMMY.

‘LISTEN TO THE WIND’ DESCRIBES THE LIFE IN MARCH WITH LOT OF WIND AND RAIN. HE ENJOYED THE SEASON WITH PETTIBONE.          ‘THE LAST TIME I SAW DELHI’ DESCRIBES ABOUT AN INCIDENT HE REMEMBERED ABOUT HIS FAMILY WHILE THEY WERE GOING TO A TRIP. THE REST OF THE STORY IS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES THERE. THE NEXT IS ‘THE SMALL BEGINNINGS’ FOLLOWED BY TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT. THE NEXT IS ‘WHEN YOU CAN’T CLIMB TREES ANYMORE’, AS TIME GOES BY AND UPON AN OLD WALL DREAMING. THE STORY ENDS WITH RUSTY AS A MIDDLE AGED MAN.

I ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK AS RUSKIN BOND TAKES ME ALONG TO HIS CHILDHOOD AND PAST EVENTS. HE SHARES WITH US TALES OF ADVENTURES AND LOVE. THERE ARE MANY TWISTS IN THE STORY.  I LIKED THE BOOK VERY MUCH. HOPE YOU TOO WILL.

Reviewed by Sarika P. Nair

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