Review of ‘Angry River’ by Ruskin Bond

At first glance, Angry River is a simple enough read about the flooding of an island and nearby villages and its impact on Sita, the little girl. But when I sit back and think about it, the story seems to say so much more.41ckvjagbtl-_sx325_bo1204203200_

It talks about how life in the rural provinces have to go on despite extreme calamities and how people have no choice but to start afresh after everything they had has gone away for ever. It talks about how flippant nature can be – calm and peaceful one moment and seething with anger the next. It also talks about how strength of character need not be an adult trait alone and about the unsaid but beautiful relationship between a grandchild and grandparents.

And then there is this paradox of the most precious thing of ours also being the most dangerous of all. The tree, the crow, the hens, the river, the doll, Sita . . .  everyone/everything in the story held a deeper significance for me. But what I loved most were the last two paragraphs where the author’s words set me thinking about how relatively insignificant we all really are in this world, yet we are at the center of our own private worlds.

To sum it up, Angry River is a beautiful story – simply but elegantly told in a manner that only Ruskin Bond can.


The Moon Does Not Fight

How can my first post be about anything but the Moon? So let me share with you these beautiful words by Ming-Dao, a Chinese American author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist.

The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished. 

The Moon is a silent observer. Even as he waxes and wanes, he maintains his elegance and dignity. Can we be like him? Or have we forgotten the power of silence?