Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Coming Round the Mountain is set during a very memorable year -- the year of India's independence in 1947. The country's freedom and subsequent division saw the author make new friends and lose old ones. The book has lovely scenes from an Indian boarding school life in Dehra Dun -- playing hockey and using the hockey sticks to knock down apples in the headmaster's garden, purchasing Penguin paperbacks for two or three rupees, bicycle rides, movies and members of the opposite sex. Ruskin's friendship with Azhar, Cyrus, and Brian represents a time when bonds ran beyond religious beliefs and differences.
As soon as my daughter picked this book up, she fell in love with it! The production quality is out of this world, right from the quality and the feel of the paper to the cover, the font and of course, the illustrations. This is the third book in Ruskin Bond's short memoirs, after Looking for the Rainbow, and Till the Clouds Roll By but it also works as a standalone novel.
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