Ruskin Bond, India’s best-known and most loved writer of children’s books was born in 1934 in the Shimla hills. Awarded the Rhys Memorial prize in 1957 for his first novel The Room on the Roof written at the age of 17, he received the Sahitya Akadami Award in 1993. His canvas encompasses folk tales, short stories, books on nature, poetry, fiction, a historical novel, a biography and autobiographical works.
We can learn much from nature, she is a great teacher. Every object of nature has something to teach. Priceless moral truths are hidden in the beautiful flowers. Even the heartless stones have a message for us. The ears can listen to them if we want to. From the trees we can learn to be patient. The leaves of the trees are the tiny tongues speaking volumes of immortal truths. We say ‘Thick as thieves or thick as leaves.’ Thus the innumerable leaves teach us of unity and, strength in unity capable of braving the severest storms. New off-shoots of pre-green pink, are like new- born babies, rocking in the arms of their mothers. The pre-green pink changing into dark green, and then brown, and finally fall off. Thus the leaves of trees teach us of immortality and eternity. Man is never alone in the company of nature. This story also conveys the same message. So, I like this story very much.
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