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Book Review: Koki’s Song by Ruskin Bond

Koki’s Song is a beautifully written short story by Ruskin Bond staged against the beautiful nature that probably exist in the foothills of Himalaya. The story is of two children, the girl Koki, and the cowboy Somi.


For some part of the year Koki and her mother goes away to her granny’s lonely home located near a river bed. Her grandmother lives there alone. Koki finds that place full of loneliness and nature. There she finds nature in abundance. After crossing a wall, there flows a stream, and from there starts the edge of the forest where she gets the chance to spot deer. In fact, many wild animals come there to drink water. She is terrified of wild animals but still loves that place. The kind of tranquility and serenity existed there is something that keeps Koki busy.

While roaming around the stream and the wild garden of the home, she often hears flute music and she feels captivated towards the source. She sees a boy in dusty clothes playing that tune. She observes him for a few days and then they both become friends and possibly lovers. Somi is a cowboy who grazes the herd of cattle. For Koki, he plays a song. Well, during summer the grassland becomes brown and dry, thus Somi has to take his cattle up in the mountains. He gifts his flute to Koki and says if she misses him she can play that flute. Koki tries to play but fumbles instead.

Koki misses Somi and longs for his return. While lingering around the stream one day, she drops the flute, and it flows away with the sweeping currents, she tries to catch up but to no avail. She grows sad and waits for that boy. At the end of summer, one day she hears the familiar flute music, she runs for it and surprisingly finds it's Somi. However, now the time has come for Koki to return to his home in town where she has to attend school, but she promises Somi that she will come to this place in the last of every month.

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