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Book Review: It’s a Wonderful Life by Ruskin Bond

It’s a Wonderful Life
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Rating: 4/5

The times are tough yet the spirit should never die. Keeping this in mind, it would be absolutely right to say that reading Ruskin Bond’s memoir was the most appropriate thing to do, for it houses some of the most precious moments of his early life. There are small anecdotes, essays and short narratives that teach us to look at life with the rose-tinted glasses and enjoy the littlest pleasures as it is the moments that make life meaningful and not the minutes.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a collection of short notes that describe how, as a child, Ruskin Bond used to enjoy the walks along the long passageways, sorting his father’s stamp collection and other precious moments spent with the people close to him. In the ‘Vignettes’ section, he describes the feelings and emotions associated with connections, nostalgia and belonging. In these short notes, each word measures up to the expectation as one is sure to be forced to walk down the memory lane and cherish the good old days. The next section comprises the essays through which the author shares his experiences of reading an interesting book, his love for poetry and insects and other random musings. Mostly the ‘shorts’ have been compiled together in this book but it is interesting to read all the positivity in one collection.

Through this book, Ruskin Bond attempts to encourage the reader to value life and make each minute count because memories are immortal, after all. Overall, I liked this collection for its simplicity.

Best wishes to the author!

Buying link: Amazon

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