Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Short Story Reads: The Tunnel by Ruskin Bond

The Tunnel by Ruskin Bond has a special feel of time and place. He has a special knack of bringing a place to life. This story is part of the anthology titled The Young Oxford Book of Train Stories by Dennis Hamley. It is a simple tale about a boy called Ranji, his meeting and friendship with Kishan Singh, the watchman of the tunnel; and his encounters with a leopard.

I will not give the tale away. However what I loved in this story was the description of the Indian countryside that existed a few decades ago with an abundance of the forest, scenic beauty and wildlife. And it is about the two trains that cross the tunnel. There is much more to the story apart from the thundering roar of the trains, the simplicity of rural folks and the curiosity of the young boy. Ruskin Bond has woven a story in a setting that he loves and understands like nobody else.

(Article by Kabita Sonowal)

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