[[ Reading ]] ➷ A Season of Ghosts Author Ruskin Bond – Writerscompany.co.uk
It Is Said That If The Smell Of The Himalayas Creeps Into A Man S Blood, He Will Return To The Hills Again And Again, And Will Strive To Live Amongst Them Always Ruskin Bond, Master Storyteller And Connoisseur Of The Mysterious And Macabre, Shows How This Love May Persist To Death And Beyond The Stories In This Collection Are Set Amidst The Mists And Mellow Magic Of Bond S Beloved Mountains The Agents Of The Supernatural May Be Gentle Like The Fairy Folk In On Fairy Hill , Or Malevolent Like The Well Dressed Diners Of The Prize Humorous Like The Very Proper Witch, Miss Bellows, In The Black Cat , Or Tragic Like The Haunting Gulabi In Wilson S Bridge The Rakshasas Harks Back To Traditional Hill Spirits, While The Night Of The Millennium Poises Us Tantalizingly On The Brink Of The Future Bond Aficionados Will Meet Familiar Faces In Reunion At The Regal Rounding Off This Collection Is A Gripping Mystery, Who Killed The Rani , Which Is Evocative Of Life In Hill Stations Some Twenty Years Ago And Over All The Stories Looms The Benevolent Or Brooding Presence Of The Himalayas, Described With Bond S Inimitable Lyricism. I read this as a child, and it still remains one of my favorite re reads I especially loved the story featuring Ms Bellows and her black cat Even now I can recollect the verse she chanted as she whirred away on her broomstick With the darkness around me growing,And the wind behind my hat You will soon have trouble knowing,Which is witch and witch s cat Absolutely delightful read D When I was starting with this book, I knew that I was gearing to step into another world, similar to what I witnessed 10 years ago when I had been to Mussoorie, I did not find it creepy or spooky back then, the beauty of hills enthralled me, I can t describe the joy I felt by watching the clouds just a few feet away from me The feel of my benumbed hands and the smell of hot tea still gives me immense pleasure.But until I read this magical book by Mr Ruskin Bond, I had not wished to experience a chilling breeze which brings to the conscious than just the sensation of cold, it made me nostalgic I am as scared of ghosts and spirits as anyone, thanks to the horror movies and horror shows, but i promise, had I read only this book, I would have wanted to experience something unearthly at least once for sure.The demonstration of the splendor of mountains in this book is entrancing, the illustration of the lives of hill people is very detailed and as a bonus, the author also takes us into the nitty gritty of the English people who liked and lived in India.The first 9 stories actually do have a bit of ghostly and fairy semblance to them, my favorites are Whistling in the Dark , The Black Cat and Night of the Millennium , I have never felt anything affable about ghosts but Mr Bond in his book revealed a less violent aspect of the mythical beings.His description of the cat s obsession and Miss Bellow s poise and humor in The Black Cat is extraordinary, the friendliness of Michael s ghost in Whistling in the Dark is very poignant The demise of Pasand by the bloodsucking huntress in Night of the Millennium did not make me sad despite of his wailing, Mr Bond instilled a sense of contempt in me towards him, perhaps his oppressive thoughts deserved an end as cruel as this, I cant resist writing down a piece of his narration Patience, my children, patience, crooned the woman, there is than enough for all of you.They feasted.Down in the ravine, the jackals started howling again, awaiting their turn The bones would be theirs Only the cellphone would be rejected Night in the Millennium is a satire which left a sneer on my face.The last story Who killed the Rani for a change, is a thrilling mystery, aided with the spook naturally linked with the hillside I enjoyed it as much as I did others, just to add that depiction of characters in this story felt the most real and fascinating to me.I am absolutely fixated with the charm of these stories and I m quite sure that like a school kid I ll read this book time and again to cater to my fantasies. A lovely book full of creepy, spine chilling and eerie ghost stories that took me to the mysterious woods of Mussoorie that is called home by Ruskin Bond s ghosts I would love to read it again and again and pass it on to my future generations. I am scared of ghosts like you wouldn t believe I usually stay away from ghost stories movies Ruskin Bond, however has a different approach to the whole supernatural world His ghosts are not menacing, blood thirsty creatures from hell who are an embodiment of evil Instead, they sort of co exist with us humans and he meets some of them along the way It is a sweet and beautiful approach to spirits Just like all the Bond books, when I finish, I am left with a feeling of warmth and happiness Not to mention, I want to settle in Mussorie now.