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Updated: May 17, 2013 02:36 IST

Release of A Garland of Memories to mark Ruskin Bond’s birthday

C. K. Chandramohan
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Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond

It is special for the author as it recreates the Doon of his childhood

Famous author Ruskin Bond will celebrate his 79th birthday here on May 19, with the release of his bestselling book — A Garland of Memories.

The event will be held at Natraj: The Green Bookshop, at 5 p.m.

According to Upendra Arora, convener of the event, Radha Raturi, Principal Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand, shall release the book in the presence of Anil Raturi, Additional Director General of Police.

Mr. Arora added that he expected a good number of old Doonites to be present to share their memories.

A Garland of Memories, is special for Bond as it narrates his account of Doon as he saw it in his childhood. This collection of his writings will make the readers smile, laugh and cry.

He narrates the most extraordinary tales — from his chance encounter with Rudyard Kipling’s ghost, to his adventures with eccentric Uncle Ken, being witness to a bitter battle between a brave snake, a braver mongoose and two foolhardy birds, about the hungry pet python who ate up everyone’s lunch and the mythical snow-woman who almost exists.

All stories, told in Bond’s unique, lucid, simple prose are based on life and its experiences and nudge open a window into the reader’s self.

They are also a sterling example of the often forgotten harmony between man and nature.

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