This isn’t exactly a book review. It’s just my thoughts and feeling that I felt during and after reading this book.
I started reading A Book Of Simple Living during lockdown last year. Ruskin Bond gracefully describes the joys of life—the view outside the window, the comfort of family, the gift of sleep, and the simple yet astonishing beauty of nature. It was a perfect book to read at home—my home in the middle of towering coconut and areca nut trees, and green fields. With fresh and clean air, birds chirping away and the pouring rain cleaning the earth and springing life.
A book of simple living is a simple book with simple flowing language. It talks about a lot of things, yet nothing in particular. On every other page, you come across a sentence or a quote so profound; you have to read it twice to fully grasp it and then look over the horizon and think and let those words sink in.
Ruskin Bond makes you look at things from the perspective of nature. His humble and gentle words soothe you like butter applied over a burn. I was constantly smiling while reading this book, not because what Bond wrote was funny but because what he wrote touched my heart at places I thought I had forgotten—first love, heartbreaks, passion, books, and most pivotal of all, my relationship with nature.
Although there are so many beautiful quotes to swear by, this gem of a book never comes across as preachy. At one point, Bond discards a famous quote about desires and says, “What we should worry about is not desiring what we have not, but desiring too much and desiring only for ourselves.”
In just about 150 pages, Bond leaves you with so many afterthoughts, often at the expense of his life journey. A beautiful book inside out, I highly recommend you read this one.
Leaving you with this quote:
“Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.”
My rating: 5/5
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