Skip to main content

Book Review: Song of the Whistling Thrush by Ruskin Bond

Song of the Whistling Thrush by Ruskin Bond is a short story covered in the book ‘White Clouds, Green Mountains’. The author is in awe with the nature that exists in the mountains. In this story, he shares one such story where he developed good bonding with a hill bird called Thrush. Hill people call that bird either Irstura or Kaljit. The writer often sees that bird and listens to her songs any time throughout the season. Most of the time he finds it flying around a stream. They often cross each other and have the presence felt.

When one of the water pipes of the writer’s house blocks and a puddle of water forms in the ground because of extra water, the bird takes chances to bathe in it and then suns herself on the tin roof of his home. He finds a queer melody in the voice of that bird. Prakash, the milk man, has a legend about this bird. The god Krishna fell asleep near a mountain stream, and while he slept, a small boy made off with his famous flute. On waking up and finding his flute gone, Krishna was so angry that he changed the culprit into a bird; but the boy had learnt some of Krishna’s wonderful music, and even as a bird he continued to whistle the music of gods.

After a year or so, the bird finds a mate and then they both sing turn by turn like lovers. The couple would sit around his cottage on the trees and sing for hours and the writer feels little disturbance while writing stories but then it is alright to be in the tune with the flow of nature.

An interesting point happens when the author returns home after spending fifteen days out of town, he sees that on the window sill an ugly nest and in it a few chickens of Thrush. The window is closed and if he opens the window, then the nest will fall down. So, he remains that window closed and rather opens another window of the room. Their chirping mixed with singing is now a disturbance for him, but he prefers to live with them. Bond shares an impeccable kind of bonding with nature; in his writing you will never feel bored of his gossiping about Mother Nature.


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Binya is a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a very small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them rich and well-groomed. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella.

The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation for villagers and children adore her umbrella so much that every time they feel like to touch or hold it. Binya is on seventh heaven and rarely closes it because she believes it looks charming when it is opened.
Ram Bharosa runs a smal…

Book Review: The Lost Child by Mulk Raj Anand

The Lost Child is a riveting short story by Mulk Raj Anand. A little boy and his parents are on their way to a village fair on account of a spring fair. The alley leading to the fair is alive with a vivid combination of colours and people.

The boy is happy and chirpy and walking between the big limbs of his father, between the long strides. As he can see there are toys in the shops lined along the way. He is captivated by the colourful toys of different sizes and shapes but in his observation he lags behind. So he runs ahead to be with his parents. When he expresses the desire to own one of the toys hanging from the shops, a cold stare from his father breaks his heart.
Suddenly, to break his attention from the lingering toys, his mother tenderly shifts his attention to the swaying muster field, which seems to be full of golden ripples – moving to and fro. The boy enters the field and begins chasing butterflies, black bees and dragon flies. But soon he is called back.
Once they appr…

Book Review: Grandfather’s Private Zoo by Ruskin Bond

Grandfather’s Private Zoo by Ruskin Bond is a widely held tale among children, for it depicts personal behavior of animals and birds brought home to add to the personal zoo. Rather a tale of a nature (flora and fauna) lover who loves to keep a collection of animals and birds, at time even reptiles. Grandfather’s Private Zoo is a novella consisting nine well-connected stories.

The story starts with the adventures of Toto, a monkey. The narrator is a small boy and his grandfather loves to keep a private zoo at his home, on the other hand, grandmother abhors troublemaking animals and doesn’t support him with his animals. The monkey being taken from a Tonga driver for the sum of five rupees seems to be indecent. He breaks a lot of kitchen dishes and steals food and whenever grandmother catches him red handed he too often runs away, through windows, to remain inaccessible. Fed up of his indecent behavior, grandfather sells him back to the Tonga rider for the sum of three rupees, at a loss…