Monday, December 14, 2009

The Hidden Pool By Ruskin Bond, reviewed by Shivani Aggarwal

The Hidden Pool By Ruskin Bond

Reviewed by
Name: Shivani Aggarwal

‘The Hidden Pool’ explores the journey of a teenage English boy, who comes to a small hill town in India when his father is posted there. It is here that he makes friends with Anil, son of a local cloth merchant and Kamal, an orphan who lost his parents during partition.

Their escapades, adventures and interesting stories recounted by Sherpa Bishnu on their way to Pindari Glacier make interesting reading the warm send off to Laurie by his friends brings out the sensitivity of their relationship.

In his own inimitable style, Ruskin Bond explains the strong bond of friendship formed during childhood and how it is a gift which lasts a life time! Filling the journey with various adventures he entices young readers to come closer to nature, it is his way of telling his readers to come closer to nature by getting away from the urban jungle and undertaking expeditions to be in the lap of Mother Nature.

He paints a beautiful picture of rivers, forests, birds and rustic but lovable villagers that are all there and need to be discovered! His simple yet compelling narrative style makes him an author par excellence!

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