A Flight of Pigeons by Ruskin Bond

A Flight of Pigeons by Ruskin Bond

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My first author signed book.

The Novel starts with the death of the father of Ruth Labadoor in front of her eyes in a church. This murder is committed by the Indian rebels who are a part of the 1857 mutiny and who have decided to kill all the Britishers of the small town Shahjahanpur. It is then that Mariam Labadoor, who is the mother of the narrator, Ruth Labadoor comes into action. She takes their entire family of 6 to their trusted friend Lala Ramjimal who keeps them at his home and gives them the maximum security and shelter he can give. The Pathan leader Javed Khan comes to know that there are a few foreigners living in Lala’s home and he suddenly comes into their house and forcefully takes away Ruth and Mariam Labadoor to his home. The rest of the book is followed by the various happening in the Labadoor family, who are very warmly welcomed by different family members of Javed Khan. But, Javed Khan himself is a cunning man and he pleads to marry Ruth Labadoor. Mariam saves her daughter many times as she does not want her to marry Javed Khan. She keeps a condition that if the British are able to take on the country once again, then she would not let him marry her daughter and if they lose to the rebels, then she would give her daughter to him. The British are able to take hold of the country and Javed Khan is killed in one of the fights with the British. With lots of help and support, the Labadoor family finally reach their relatives.

Something about the author:

Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children’s authors and a top novelist.

He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best-loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India.

In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, “Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra”, by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children’s literature.

He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.

 

My Review:

Bought this book in August this year. Got the chance to meet the author himself at Cambridge Bookshop, Mussourie. Got the privilege of getting an book signed by Ruskin Bond. Had seen the movie but not read the book. I loved the book and highly recommend to all.
Setup during revolt of 1857. A story of an Anglo Indian family’s survival. Often it makes me think in rage, war and revenge it is the women and children who are targeted. It doesn’t matter who wronged whom or which side you are on but most horrifying incidents happen to women and children.
Also, we must not forget that help often comes from the most unexpected quarters. Just in this book. A very apt title ‘A flight of Pigeons ‘.
 
 
 

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