Sixteen-year-old Ruskin, after having finally finished his school, is living with his stepfather and mother at the Old Station Canteen in Dehradun. Struggling to begin his writing journey, he tries to make a passage to England to chase his true calling. But as he prepares for his long voyage, the prospect of saying goodbye to the warm, sunny shores of India looms large.
Brought straight from his past, Ruskin Bond recalls the longing for familiarity, the joys of receiving his first money order, publishing his stories and finding new friends.
Following the trail of Looking for the Rainbow, Till the Clouds Roll By and Coming Round the Mountain, A Song of India is another year from the life of a fiery teenager as he embarks on a journey to an unfamiliar land.
'A Song of India . . . is a tribute that is warm with detail without being overwhelming. . . . It is this sense of belonging, a necessary quality for a writer, that makes Bond still relevant.'
Praise for the Series
"An extraordinary offering by India's most-loved author, the book captures the little nuances - fantasies, expectations and often the void - that children face but their guardians don't know about. The book has been beautifully illustrated by Mihir Joglekar."
Praise for the Series 'True insights into a father-son relationship are rare, and Ruskin Bond, going back over 70 years, paints them so vividly with the tender emotions of an eight-year-old boy that it will take you down memory lane to your own childhood.'