Ruskin Bond, one of India’s favourite authors, is back with a book about the adventures of Rusty. It is called Rusty and the Magic Mountain, and it is a treat for readers after waiting for more than ten years.
This time, Rusty, an orphaned Anglo-Indian boy, goes out with his friends Pitambar and Popat, to explore a mysterious mountain – a mountain that has several bewildering legends behind it.
Ruskin Bond fans know Rusty as the quiet, imaginative and curious boy who keeps running into some very entertaining adventures, and has been fascinating children with his engaging experiences for several decades now. From living with his grandparents amidst many peculiar animals, to reaching London and becoming a writer – Rusty was created by Ruskin Bond to write stories about his own past. His first book, The Room on the Roof, which he wrote at the age of 17, was a semi-autobiographical story with Rusty being the protagonist.
Rusty and the Magic Mountain has been published by Puffin Books and it is a collection of several beautiful and mysterious things in one – there is a haunted rest house, a colony of dwarfs, a musical stone, a tiger, and so much more. With this book, Ruskin Bond has given his readers an extraordinary treasure to explore.
“Rusty is all about the winning of friends. Rusty [is] a sensitive and often lonely boy. He puts his trust in friendship,” he had once said.
Ruskin Bond has written over a hundred short stories, essays, novels, and more than thirty books of children. His collections of short stories include The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli, and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra.