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Book Review: Falling in Love Again by Ruskin Bond

Falling in Love Again (A Collection of Short Stories)
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 2.5/5

Ruskin Bond has written numerous book and each story that he writes has an element of nostalgia attached to it. Somehow in this book, the element of nostalgia was missing. Falling in Love Again is a collection of 19 write-ups ranging from love stories and extracts to the meaning associated with flowers and letters. If you are an avid reader and follow the writings of Ruskin Bond, you would have read these stories in other short story collections for sure.

Some of the famous tales about how the author pursued his love interest during his days of youth are sure to melt your heart and offer you genuine moments of reminiscence. But there are some stories in which the idea of love doesn’t strike the right chord. In fact, those stories morph love into something else that requires the author to write about actions like that might not go down well with everyone. Some authors are known for the genre they write. Similarly, Ruskin Bond is known to write about nature, innocent love and boyhood adventures. However, through this book, readers might get a glimpse of another side of the author, a side that not many can associate with the author. With a lot of erotic fantasies being described, this book misses a beat. Also, I disliked the fact that all the stories have appeared on one or the other collections. They seemed repetitive. Some of the stories that I had read before are Time Stops at Shamli, The Room on the Roof and The Girl from Copenhagen.

Overall, this book might elicit a negative response owing to the kind of love portrayed in the stories. It is no more innocent! Nevertheless, the cover of the book is something to die for! I loved the blending pastels and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to read this book.

Buying link: Amazon

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