The human personality can impose its own nature on its surroundings. In the old man’s time it seemed a dark, gloomy corner. Now it’s lit up by sunshine—a sunny personality, smiling, chattering. It happens so often that we unknowingly end up mimicking what we see. It includes, but is not limited to, the people around us. But what’s fascinating is that at times, even the laws of nature seem to imitate us. To us, it feels like an unspoken language where the sun, the trees, the flowers are expressing a feeling of togetherness at all times. If we are sad, the skies are sad with us; if we are overwhelmed with joy, we might just see a rainbow. Whether this is true or not is uncertain, but it is a thought we’ve all had at least once in our lives. Beneath the Whispering Pines brings us along that journey of the beauty of nature and the realization that humans are very much a part of it. From tales of courage where the entire village comes together to protect their loved ones, to reminiscing about past love through unsaid messages, this book captures the juncture at which man and nature intermingle in the pursuit of companionship.
About the Author
Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three, he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.