Ruskin Bond books and stories are around the corner for over sixty years now. Undoubtedly, he has written over 600 stories, in the form of novels, novellas, short stories, fiction and non-fiction. Ruskin writes about nothingness, in general, but still his stories are relatable and the kind of characters of that we experience somehow look familiar to us and many stay with us for long, even when we pass the stories from one generation to another. This post brings a list of some interesting characters often spotted in his stories, like Binya, Rusty, and many more.
In the book Rusty Comes Home, there is a long story about a very peculiar and staunch woman, she is reverently or out of fear is often called as Bhabhiji. She is the head of the home where a dozen of grandchildren run pell-mell and brides can never compete with her, no matter whatever they do. According to Rusty, in that home you will everything (love and food) but no privacy. As Ruskin says in the end that Jane Austen would be proud of Bhabhiji's orderly household.
In Ruskin’s very popular novella The Blue Umbrella, we see a few interesting and substantial characters. On one side, we have Binya and her brother Bijju, and on the other hand we have this villain personality Ram Bharosa, who runs a provisional store at the bus stop. He gets so much awed by that blue umbrella that he conspires to obtain it by all tricks. In fact, a nuanced character that we all may have been at some or another point in our lives. How he overcame his own self was beautifully portrayed, compassion changes his personality is the beautiful thing about him.
From the novella, Dust on the Mountain, there is this honest, optimistic and hard-working boy who leaves his beloved mountains to work in the city and earn money for his family. Through him the author speaks of the ills of deforestation and climate changes. He finally decides to go home and cultivate his land as he feels "It's better to grow things on the land than blast things out of it", a beautiful sentiment indeed.
From the story Kite Maker, Mehmood is amazing. First love will always be remembered... the first Ruskin bond character many fell in love with... Mehmood, the amazing Kite Maker. The way Bond takes us through Mehmood's life, the pride he takes in his every creation, that dragon kite for the Nawab, how he misses the time when people had time/patrons for such activities and for him, the generation gap between the grandfather and grandson, the reference of the banyan vs. the mimosa trees. Who writes like this anymore!
From the novel The Room on the Roof, many readers couldn’t control being captivated by the will and rebellious spirit of Rusty. As a matter of fact, Rusty is an all-time classic character of Ruskin Bond. Especially, orphans or people with no social security can relate with him and may feel that they have had similar childhood as of Rusty. So they always understood his plight as an orphan. The world is ruthless to orphans, read The Room on the Roof and you will realize that this world tried to squeeze his malleable soul. No shelter, uncertainty of meals, the only respite is your friends that clearly see you as another human in need, away from the boundaries of so called society.
To know more about Uncle Ken, Ruskin’s maternal uncle, one has to read stories based around him, like At Sea with Uncle Ken or Crazy Times with Uncle Ken. Readers remember Uncle Ken for his misadventures and crazy laugh riots. His eccentricities make him court trouble perpetually, whether it's driving his car against the wall, or attacked by swarm of bees or chased by flying foxes. Even his numerous attempts of finding jobs keep readers in splits.
You will get introduced to funny crocodile named Nakoo in the story Cricket for the Crocodile. Many like him because he is very funny and very gentle and kind. Probably, you have never heard of a crocodile before being gentle.
There is this another favourite character Rakesh from ‘The Cherry Tree’. He plants a cheery tree and amazingly finds that the cherry tree has grown though the little care given by him. This story has a beautiful moral that teaches us all, how to be better humans and fend for yourself too.
You may love the Bond character in ‘At school with Ruskin Bond’. Brings back memories of Scout days and how it was a very nice way to teach children to be helpful to others. Schools don't have them anymore… This character has so much humor and punches the apt lines at the correct time.
Remember your washerman and street cleaner, people with odd jobs; they are full of head-turning rumours. Yes, Sitaram is one such guy. He is a son of a washerman and takes care of laundry business, well he is quite unstable. He is so funny and ordinary that you will amuse at his simplicity and dedication towards Ruskin’s friendship.
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