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A Season of Ghosts It is said that if the smell of the Himalayas creeps into a man's blood he will return to the hills again and again and will strive to live amongst them always Ruskin Bond master storyteller and connoisseur of the mysterious and macabre shows how this love may persist to death and beyond The stories in this collection are set amidst the mists and mellow magic of Bond's beloved mountains The agents of the supernatural may be gentle like the fairy folk in 'On Fairy Hill' or malevolent like the well dressed diners of 'The Prize'; humorous like the very proper witch Miss Bellows in 'The Black Cat' or tragic like the haunting Gulabi in 'Wilson's Bridge' 'The Rakshasas' harks back to traditional hill spirits while 'The Night of the Millennium' poises us tantalizingly on the brink of the future Bond aficionados will meet familiar faces in 'Reunion at the Regal' Rounding off this collection is a gripping mystery 'Who Killed the Rani' which is evocative of life in hill stations some twenty years ago And over all the stories looms the benevolent or brooding presence of the Himalayas described with Bond's inimitable lyricism

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • A Season of Ghosts
  • Ruskin Bond
  • English
  • 03 September 2015
  • 9780140287844

About the Author: Ruskin Bond

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 novelistHe 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 establi



10 thoughts on “A Season of Ghosts

  1. Pooja Pooja says:

    When I was starting with this book I knew that I was gearing to step into another world similar to what I witnessed 10 years ago when I had been to Mussoorie I did not find it creepy or spooky back then the beauty of hills enthralled me I can't describe the joy I felt by watching the clouds just a few feet away from me The feel of my benumbed hands and the smell of hot tea still gives me immense pleasureBut until I read this magical book by Mr Ruskin Bond I had not wished to experience a chilling breeze which brings to the conscious than just the sensation of cold it made me nostalgic I am as scared of ghosts and spirits as anyone thanks to the horror movies and horror shows but i promise had I read only this book I would have wanted to experience something unearthly at least once for sureThe demonstration of the splendor of mountains in this book is entrancing the illustration of the lives of hill people is very detailed and as a bonus the author also takes us into the nitty gritty of the English people who liked and lived in IndiaThe first 9 stories actually do have a bit of ghostly and fairy semblance to them my favorites are 'Whistling in the Dark' 'The Black Cat' and 'Night of the Millennium' I have never felt anything affable about ghosts but Mr Bond in his book revealed a less violent aspect of the mythical beingsHis description of the cat's obsession and Miss Bellow's poise and humor in 'The Black Cat' is extraordinary the friendliness of Michael's ghost in 'Whistling in the Dark' is very poignant The demise of Pasand by the bloodsucking huntress in 'Night of the Millennium' did not make me sad despite of his wailing Mr Bond instilled a sense of contempt in me towards him perhaps his oppressive thoughts deserved an end as cruel as this I cant resist writing down a piece of his narration'Patience my children patience' crooned the woman 'there is than enough for all of you'They feastedDown in the ravine the jackals started howling again awaiting their turn The bones would be theirs Only the cellphone would be rejected'Night in the Millennium' is a satire which left a sneer on my faceThe last story 'Who killed the Rani' for a change is a thrilling mystery aided with the spook naturally linked with the hillside I enjoyed it as much as I did others just to add that depiction of characters in this story felt the most real and fascinating to meI am absolutely fixated with the charm of these stories and I'm uite sure that like a school kid I'll read this book time and again to cater to my fantasies

  2. Jahnavi Jha Jahnavi Jha says:

    I am scared of ghosts like you wouldn't believe I usually stay away from ghost storiesmovies Ruskin Bond however has a different approach to the whole supernatural world His ghosts are not menacing blood thirsty creatures from hell who are an embodiment of evil Instead they sort of co exist with us humans and he meets some of them along the way It is a sweet and beautiful approach to spirits Just like all the Bond books when I finish I am left with a feeling of warmth and happiness Not to mention I want to settle in Mussorie now

  3. Shivani Garg Shivani Garg says:

    A lovely book full of creepy spine chilling and eerie ghost stories that took me to the mysterious woods of Mussoorie that is called home by Ruskin Bond's ghosts I would love to read it again and again and pass it on to my future generations

  4. Pooja Banga Pooja Banga says:

    It is said that if the smell of the Himalayas creeps into a man's blood he will return to the hills again and again and will strive to live amongst them always Ruskin Bond master storyteller and connoisseur of the mysterious and macabre shows how this love may persist to death and beyond The stories in this collection are set amidst the mists and mellow magic of Bond's beloved mountains The agents of the supernatural may be gentle like the fairy folk in 'On Fairy Hill' or malevolent like the well dressed diners of 'The Prize'; humorous like the very proper witch Miss Bellows in 'The Black Cat' or tragic like the haunting Gulabi in 'Wilson's Bridge' 'The Rakshasas' harks back to traditional hill spirits while 'The Night of the Millennium' poises us tantalizingly on the brink of the future Bond aficionados will meet familiar faces in 'Reunion at the Regal' Rounding off this collection is a gripping mystery 'Who Killed the Rani?' which is evocative of life in hill stations some twenty years ago And over all the stories looms the benevolent or brooding presence of the Himalayas described with Bond's inimitable lyricism

  5. Sayantan Ghosh Sayantan Ghosh says:

    Stories that enchant stories of the macabre stories for all agesIt will take you many seasons to forget this book

  6. Abhiram Viswamitra Abhiram Viswamitra says:

    After a long time I picked up Ruskin Bond again and was doused in Nostalgia of reading the familiar style of Bond and the magical way that he describes the mountains The picture that Bond paints in your head when you read it is far better than the reality itself As far as the book goes the stories are short and refreshing These are absolute bedtime grandma stories and are not on the scary side Bond's relationship with ghostsspiritsparanormal is a curious feeling and it doesn't create any fear but leaves a warm snug after effect

  7. Thanaku Thanaku says:

    Books indeed find you and just at the nick of time I had bought this years ago but the book saw a different pair of hands probably before it fell into mine It's power to enchant minds never stops no matter how many times it's used Remarkable Well this might be way too romantic a sentiment but what can I do? I just read a Ruskin Bond novel on the tales of Mussoorie Ah The illustrations for that's what the description is like literally transported me from the midst of traffic clogged smoke filled streets to the wet slopes of Mussoorie with its Rani and Rakshas The imagery is simply fantastic The first half is a collection of uber short stories on mythical creatures of Indian folk lore The second half is an extended suspense story which leaves you feeling warm and smiling yay humanity isn't all dead If you are stressed out or have forgotten what it means to be alive this is the medicine I recommend For best results read it just before bedtime

  8. Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books) Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books) says:

    I wanted to read some simple yet fascinating story so I picked this book The title and cover page makes it look interesting Ruskin Bond the master story teller again came with a compilation of various ghost stories hailing from his hometownPlease read full review on my blog book includes 10 ghost stories which belong to Mussoorie a popular hill station in India Ruskin Bond effectively draws the beautiful picture of the hill station with interesting words The reader can get swept away with the flow of the stories The stories are set in the context of mist chill rainy atmosphere when there were no vehicles and technology available at the hill stationEach story is beautifully written ‘Whistling in the Dark’ is a story where he met with a strange spirit who kept whistling in the tranuil chilled night ‘Wilson’s Bridge’ is where one can see the spirit of a woman jumping from it ‘The Black Cat’ is a story weaved around the witch‘On Fairy Hill’ is the story where the author met Lilliput fairies Each story gives a different taste to the reader ‘Reunion at the Regal’ is a story where the author gets to glance at his dead friend‘Something In The Water’ is a typical kind of story where the unknown creature in the water kills humans ‘The Prize’ is a story of a drunkard writer who meets a ghost at a very uncertain place and time ‘Night At The Millennium’ reminds me the episode of Aahat‘The Rakshasas’ is a folklore story which you must have read or heard before in different context

  9. Harish P Harish P says:

    This book is a collection of 9 short stories and a novella Novella is not a ghost story but a mystery I really enjoyed the novella It is not so much about solving the crime or it is not that typical Butler did it story Talks about how extraordinary situations compel people to take drastic measures And delineates the fact that heroes need not always be James Bonds And the short stories range from mythical to poignant Ghost stories and poignancy only Ruskin Bond can pull it off

  10. Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan says:

    I read this as a child and it still remains one of my favorite re reads I especially loved the story featuring Ms Bellows and her black cat Even now I can recollect the verse she chanted as she whirred away on her broomstick'With the darkness around me growingAnd the wind behind my hat;You will soon have trouble knowingWhich is witch and witch's cat'Absolutely delightful read D

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