The travels of Mr. Bond

A collection of travel writings penned down by Ruskin Bond in the last 50 years
The travels of Mr. Bond
The travels of Mr. Bond

Ruskin Bond hasn&rsquot produced any new writing in years, sustaining his reputation for prolificacy instead with numberless anthologies of work that has previously appeared elsewhere. But a devoted readership hungry for more ensures that anything Bond puts his name to flies off the shelves, and you can&rsquot argue with that. And so Tales of the Open Road (Penguin Rs 200) brings together, what else, but travel writing, penned by Bond over the last 50 years or so. For Bond, &lsquoromance lurks in the most unlikely places&rsquo&mdash to be precise, in dusty Indian towns called Chhutmalpur, Najibabad and the like. Over the course of this collection, Bond runs away from school in Mussoorie to Jamnagar, takes on the Grand Trunk Road, and plays the flaneur in 1960s Delhi, before coming full circle to his beloved hills. The text is interspersed with photographs taken by the writer on his travels. Swinging to the beat of a different drummer, these are vignettes of no fixed destination. Bond is an original, and his prose, even if somewhat plain, is refreshing and unpretentious.

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