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Ruskin Bond: Sacred Shrines Along the Way

Ruskin Bond's works - poetic and prose - carry many depictions of a cohesive, yet multi-cultural society.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 15:55 IST

The Ruskin Bond Minibus

Rupa& Co.

Price: Rs 295


Pages: 462

ISBN: 81-291-0891-7

Here is an extract from Roads to Mussoorie, Chapter 6 - "Sacred Shrines Along the Way":

"In one of these double-storeyed houses lives Mr Devki Nanda, scholar and recluse. He welcomes me into his house and plies me with food till I am close to bursting. He has great love for his little corner of Garhwal and proudly shows me his collection of clippings concerning this area. One of them is from a travelogue by Sister Nivedita – an Englishwoman, Margaret Noble, who became an interpreter of Hinduism to the West.

Little has changed since Sister Nivedita’s visit, and there is still a small and thriving Pathan population in Nandprayag. In fact, when I called on Mr Devki Nandan, he was in the act of sending out Id greetings to his Muslim friends. Some of the old graves have disappeared in the debris from new road cuttings: an endless business, this road-building."

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 00:02 IST