Book review: Lone Fox Dancing

Lone Fox Dancing is a comprehensive account of the life and times of the great author, Ruskin Bond. I liked it so much that I finished reading the book in two days flat. The author has given a detailed account of his life since childhood till date. He was born and brought up in India by British parents. His parents had separated due to incompatibility issues and he lost his father at the tender age of ten. But he thanks his father for igniting the will to write in him.

Of and on, he did take up a job to sustain himself, but his true calling was in the mountains, primarily Mussoorie, where he was able to write surrounded by nature and unleash his creativity. His writing is clear and to the point and his description of the nature around him is simply par excellence. The reader will not get bored even for a minute as apart from nature his encounters with people around him adds the required spice to the book. His autobiography portrays his love for nature very well and he gets his inspiration from the wilderness all around. He does go to England for a couple of years but comes back and resumes his writing from Mussoorie.

Later in his life, after he loses his mother to breast cancer, he forms new bonds with the people around him so much so that he calls them his family. When he started writing, he wrote several short stories for the Illustrated Weekly and many such magazines, but he had authored several good books as well. Once he saw a baby bear in the forest and was inspired to write stories for children too. Whatever said and done, his books have reached out far and wide and have been appreciated by readers young and old as he was able to make instant connection with them with his thoughtful prose and beautiful poetry. Sharing a few couplets that I liked very much:

She held my hand at the Primrose Hill,

I loved her then and love her still,

Although she had sworn we never would part,

She went away with the shreds of my heart,

But I loved her then and love her still,

And I see her still climbing up the Primrose hill.

All in all, Lone Fox Dancing is a lovely book and I recommend you pick it up during the weekend. I am sure you would not be disappointed.