The Relationship Between Man And Nature In The Life Of Ruskin Bond

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Bond was born on May 19, 1934 at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. He is the eldest son of late Aubrey Alexander Bond, a British officer in Royal Air Force in India. His sister Ellen was a little handicapped child with defective vision and initial signs of epilepsy. Ellen lived with Granny (Grandmother) and brother William at Calcutta, but Bond grew-up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun and Simla. He is the most popular and sensitive contemporary short story writer of our times. He wrote his first short story, “The Untouchable” in 1950, when he was just sixteen years old. Now he has to his credit more than five hundred short stories, a few novellas, novels, essays and children’s books. His first novel, A Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, …show more content…
The analogy of man and tree gives the total essence of Ruskin Bond’s treatment of nature, is very familiar to all of us. The writers have approached nature according to their mental make-up and the life around them. Some fall in love with her external beauty, whereas some are keen to learn from one impulse of vernal wood. Very few like Bond seek delight in running with the winds, smiling with the flowers and conversing with the trees. Most of the writers are satisfied with mere description of nature, with a mere external view of her beauties. While Bond does not regard nature as a mere background but as a wonderful power that influences our souls. He allows the bird and the flowers the tree and the river to speak and convey their own messages. He possesses not only sight, but also insight. He not only sees things clearly and accurately, but also penetrates in to the hearts of things and always finds some meaning in them. Nothing is ugly or commonplace in this world. Everywhere he recognizes personality in nature. From his earliest childhood has a great regard for the streams and hills. The flowers and stars have been his companions. When his thoughts became nature, he believed that the nature is the reflection of the living …show more content…
He bemoans the flight of beautiful forest birds, the magpies, the Barbet, the Minivet and others, as their shelters and homes are destroyed. The sound of dynamite has scared away the other animals too. He ends, “Never mind.Men come and go, the mountains remain.” (461)
In “The Coral Tree”, Bond paints a sensitive picture of teaching a child to plant and nurture a tree, Bond and love that then develops and lasts forever. He also shows the tree’s tenacity to survive against all odds. The story, “When You can’t Climb Trees Any More”, Bond goes back to the home of his childhood and a young girl quickly climbs the old jackfruit tree and retrieves a medal he had hidden there more than twenty five years ago. Life, love, childhood all goes on endlessly, and memories remain, sharp and vivid. The tree has kept his precious childhood tokens safe amidst its bosom.

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