Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy by Ruskin Bond

Title: Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN: 978-0-143-44107-6
Pages: 110
Source: Review copy
Rating: 4/5

After the separation of his parents, 8-year old Ruskin Bond went to live with his father for two years. Looking back at those years, he describes the rich tapestry of his boyhood – misadventures at boarding school, the joys of stamp-collecting , bicycle rides with friends, and going to the cinema with his father. Even as he learns the first lessons of independence and fortitude, young Bond senses the guiding presence  of his father.

This journey back to a defining period of Ruskin Bond’s childhood is a short and heartwarming read. The events and experiences are narrated with simplicity and poignance. Illustrations by the talented Mihir Joglekar give us a view of the world from a child’s eyes, putting into pictures what Bond does so masterfully with words.

Highly recommended for young and old readers alike, reading this book is like sitting with the author himself and listening to him recount these years as the sun sets over the hills.

 

 

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