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Book Review: Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand

A troop of Indian sepoys is sent to France to fight against Germans in WWI. In this military fiction Indian sepoys, part of the British army, are being prepared to participate in all wars that England will represent. As per religious beliefs crossing oceans is forbidden. Going by this relic, some soldiers are confused and angry while many are relishing as their dream to visit ‘Villayat’, means foreign land, has come true.

As they advance gradually for the front – they come across to many new and thrilling experiences in France. Foremost in the list is that they are able to enjoy bits of life abroad and native people and French officers aren’t treating them like poor or wretched soldiers, the way they are treated back in their country. Interestingly, except Subh a junior officer and also a son of an officer, no one knows that they are prepared to jump in the battlefield to die first hand.
Lal Singh also called ‘Lalu’ by his senior soldiers is the major moving character in the novel. H…

Author Highlight: Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is a great literary talent. He wrote ‘Room on the Roof’ at the age of 17 and it got published when he was 21. Later the same book won him John Llewellyn Rhys Prize - an award meant for the British authors under 30 years of age. So far, his writing list crosses over 500 items – in which most of the work is for children. This number also points out that writing is not a mere profession for him rather a deep love.  His mother wanted him to join the army but Bond knew that he is a nature lover and could do something great in his life.

Ruskin Bond hails from an Anglo-Indian background. Thus, he is also known as a writer from the Indian origin. He largely spent a lonely childhood – that shuttled between Jamnagar (Gujarat), Shimla and Dehradun - which clearly reflects almost in all his writings. When Bond was four year’s old, his mother separated from his father to marry a Punjabi Hindu. At the age of ten, Ruskin lost his father. After this, he has been raised by a mix of people…