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I have been guilty of judging Ruskin Bond by his short stories, which did not appeal to me very much However, Time Stops at Shamli, his novella completely changed my outlook upon him The writing style, the characters, everything has a beautiful aura about it and a reader must read such beautiful stories. Anyone who has lived in Dehradun, India, and hasn t read Ruskin Bond, is missing out on so much that the beautiful Garhwal and Doon Valley have to offer I got to know my valley intimately the tigers and cheetahs, the majestic eucalyptus and banyan trees, the rivers and streams, and the beautiful houses with sprawling orchards I cherished the descriptions of small cities and villages that sometimes weren t even listed on the map, simply because I couldn t go on an exploratory journey myself Anyone who has lived in Dehradun, India, and hasn t read Ruskin Bond, is missing out on so much that the beautiful Garhwal and Doon Valley have to offer I got to know my valley intimately the tigers and cheetahs, the majestic eucalyptus and banyan trees, the rivers and streams, and the beautiful houses with sprawling orchards I cherished the descriptions of small cities and villages that sometimes weren t even listed on the map, simply because I couldn t go on an exploratory journey myself The people in Bond s stories are so real, maybe because most of his stories are based on fact These people are so ordinary really if you lived in the Doon valley in the 90s, I m sure you knew some of them These people live and die in the villages they were born in unless they ran away from home , play cricket and break windows, eat out in the dhabas , believe in ghosts, sometimes take pleasure in someone else s misfortune, are victims of unrequited love, lose a job, judge others harshly, struggle to make ends meet, enjoy trysts in the soft rains, and go to the movies to escape it all They dream big, and are often content not to make their dreams a reality They always welcome a guest with open arms, even if they abandon him later They are capable of acts of unexpected cruelty and at the same time, unparalleled generosity Simply put, they are regular people who do not pretend to be even a little bitthan what they are.Of all the stories in this collection, Time Stops at Shamli makes me sentimental and all gooey inside There s nothing sappy about this story it s just so real there s that word again Oh well, go read Bond s stories, especially if you ve been to Dehra and or the surrounding areas And if you re walking down the quiet part of the Mall Road in Mussoorie, you might meet Ruskin Bond a pukka sahib , clad in his heavy coat, checked hat, and muffler, reading and climbing the steep slopes at the same time 3.5One of the best assorted stories by Bond The mixed collection includes romance, paranormal, horror, nostalgia, mystery and off course nature.A couple of stories Time Stops at Shamli He Said it with Arsenic were mind blowing good.Most of these stories are autobiographical as mentioned in the Intro.Recommended for a an easy breezy read. There is a tinge of nostalgia in these tales Ruskin Bond is a writer of simple, beautiful stories shimmering with loss, nostalgia, lived experience, ghosts of the past, altered memories and the settings he finds for his tales mountainous landscapes of Northern India add to the whole experience I feel that if you take the atmosphere away, there may not be much left to the stories, coz the narrative takes it cue from the backdrop The unsaid dialogues linger somewhere in the fog filled hi There is a tinge of nostalgia in these tales Ruskin Bond is a writer of simple, beautiful stories shimmering with loss, nostalgia, lived experience, ghosts of the past, altered memories and the settings he finds for his tales mountainous landscapes of Northern India add to the whole experience I feel that if you take the atmosphere away, there may not be much left to the stories, coz the narrative takes it cue from the backdrop The unsaid dialogues linger somewhere in the fog filled hilly roads or the stretch of the jungle around a lonely station where jackals howl at night In the end these are tales thatoften than not have a satisfying close I loved how Time stops at Shamli begins At one point I felt that everyone in the lodge except the narrator were ghosts Off course, the sudden appearance of his lost lover was too much to digest, but I was happy to suspend my disbelief Though the writer doesn t mention anywhere, it was not difficult for me to feel that the characters could have been trapped in a ghostly time loop I was imagining a film made by Tim Burton about a man who stumbles upon a deserted village and decides to take a look, and there is no reason why a film like that would not haunt its audience [ KINDLE ] ♺ Time Stops at Shamli and Other Stories ☧ And enchanting collection of stories from the little known heartland of India Ruskin Bond s characters who live for the most part in the country s small towns and villages are not the sort who make the headlines but are, nonetheless, remarkable for their quiet heroism, their grace under pressure and the manner in which they continue to cleave to the old values honesty, fidelity, a deep rooted faith in God, family and their neighbour They do have problems, of course the sudden death of a loved parent, unfulfilled dreams, natural calamities, ghostly visitations, a respected teacher gone crooked, strangers who make a nuisance of themselves in a town or ruined in time but these are solved with a minimum of fuss and tremendous dignity Taken together these stories are a magnificent evocation of the real India are one of the country s foremost writers from book s back cover A book very light hearted Enjoyable if you do not seek heavy intellectual enrichment but does open your mind to the importance of insignificant things in life Meant for children from ages 12 15 in my opinion OneRuskin Bond collection with most of the stories making me falling in love with them A few were average and one or two plain boring Time Stops at Shamli the title story is the jewel in the crown Next best comes Most Beautiful and He said it with Arsenic Now an ardent admirer of Bond Our Trees grow in Dehra is beckoning me now but after a break so that I can savour the stories.. Loved the stories in the collection Funeral 3.5 5The room of many colours 3.5 5Time stops at shamli 4.5 5 Most Beautiful 3.5 5 The last truck ride 3 5The fight 5 5The tunnel 3 5The Summer season 3 5Going Home 3 5Masterji 3 5Listen to the wind 3.5 5The Haunted Bicycle 4 5Dead Man s gift 3.5 5Whispering in the Dark 3 5He said it with Arsenic 4 5The most potent medicine of all 3 5Hanging at the mango tope 3 5Eyes of the cat 5 5 A crow for all seasons 3 5A tiger in the house 3.5 5Tiger, Tiger Burnin Loved the stories in the collection Funeral 3.5 5The room of many colours 3.5 5Time stops at shamli 4.5 5 Most Beautiful 3.5 5 The last truck ride 3 5The fight 5 5The tunnel 3 5The Summer season 3 5Going Home 3 5Masterji 3 5Listen to the wind 3.5 5The Haunted Bicycle 4 5Dead Man s gift 3.5 5Whispering in the Dark 3 5He said it with Arsenic 4 5The most potent medicine of all 3 5Hanging at the mango tope 3 5Eyes of the cat 5 5 A crow for all seasons 3 5A tiger in the house 3.5 5Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright 4.5 5I have written about the stories in my blog You can readabout them by clicking the following link Time Stops at Shamli With simple language and short prose, Bond has managed to pack in everything about being human in this little collection Each story is rich with his insight into human emotions and the natural world His understanding of the wild is fluid and impeccable The stories reflect the many hours that Bond would have spent with nature, observing, inquiring and appreciating. Foremost Shamli is my mother s hometown.There is a tinge of nostalgia in these tales.Anyone who has lived in India, and hasn t read Ruskin Bond, is missing out on so much Ruskin Bond is a writer of simple, beautiful stories shimmering with loss, lived experience, ghosts of the past, altered memories