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An illustrated book for children and adults alike, Ruskin Bond's Children's Omnibus is a collection of some of his classic stories. Most of these stories are set in the hills, but their appeal in universal. This volume includes the ever - popular Grandfather's Private Zoo written over twenty-five years ago and a favorite with two generations of children; Angry River and the Blue Umbrella, both of An illustrated book for children and adults alike, Ruskin Bond's Children's Omnibus is a collection of some of his classic stories. Most of these stories are set in the hills, but their appeal in universal. This volume includes the ever - popular Grandfather's Private Zoo written over twenty-five years ago and a favorite with two generations of children; Angry River and the Blue Umbrella, both of which have children as protagonists; The Road to the Bazaar, Ghost Trouble, 'Cricket for the Crocodile' and 'Dust on the Mountain', which chronicle small - town life in Northern India. These stories highlight the charm of simple living and are written in Ruskin Bond's witty and humorous style.


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An illustrated book for children and adults alike, Ruskin Bond's Children's Omnibus is a collection of some of his classic stories. Most of these stories are set in the hills, but their appeal in universal. This volume includes the ever - popular Grandfather's Private Zoo written over twenty-five years ago and a favorite with two generations of children; Angry River and the Blue Umbrella, both of An illustrated book for children and adults alike, Ruskin Bond's Children's Omnibus is a collection of some of his classic stories. Most of these stories are set in the hills, but their appeal in universal. This volume includes the ever - popular Grandfather's Private Zoo written over twenty-five years ago and a favorite with two generations of children; Angry River and the Blue Umbrella, both of which have children as protagonists; The Road to the Bazaar, Ghost Trouble, 'Cricket for the Crocodile' and 'Dust on the Mountain', which chronicle small - town life in Northern India. These stories highlight the charm of simple living and are written in Ruskin Bond's witty and humorous style.

30 review for The Ruskin Bond Children's Omnibus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nikhilesh

    I read this before any other book. Even before Harry Potter. It took me for the first time in my life, at the age of 12 or so to the corners of my mind I had never discovered. Its the reason why I am a reader. Its the reason why I am able to write and access deeper in my part because this book taught me to reach out, to find something unknown, dark and scary, find courage and above all beauty. My favourite story is Angry River. Its a shame children arent as enthusiastic about Ruskin Bond books.< I read this before any other book. Even before Harry Potter. It took me for the first time in my life, at the age of 12 or so to the corners of my mind I had never discovered. Its the reason why I am a reader. Its the reason why I am able to write and access deeper in my part because this book taught me to reach out, to find something unknown, dark and scary, find courage and above all beauty. My favourite story is Angry River. Its a shame children arent as enthusiastic about Ruskin Bond books. I am indebted to Ruskin Bond's words. I am indebted to my close friend and soul sister Poonkuzhali to have gifted me this book on my birthday. This book is like a arrow on fire launched into the universe. Its the proof that the good and innocent survive in corners of the world that no force can conquer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ishan

    My first read of Ruskin Bond was in sixth standard when i borrowed a book from a friend of mine. I remember that i immensely enjoyed the book back then. But on starting this book i didn't imagined that i will end up enjoying it way more than childhood days. Fantastic read

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anuja

    When reading Ruskin Bond's stories you feel as though you are taking a small trip along with the characters. You'll feel yourself chasing the blue umbrella with Bindya, you'll imagine yourself watching Nakoo the crocodile from the banks along with the cricket playing children, ride the lorry in Dust on the mountains etc. His stories are simple and sweet and bring to mind nostalgic days spent in villages as children, stealing fruit, playing together and running barefoot. His stories can be enjoye When reading Ruskin Bond's stories you feel as though you are taking a small trip along with the characters. You'll feel yourself chasing the blue umbrella with Bindya, you'll imagine yourself watching Nakoo the crocodile from the banks along with the cricket playing children, ride the lorry in Dust on the mountains etc. His stories are simple and sweet and bring to mind nostalgic days spent in villages as children, stealing fruit, playing together and running barefoot. His stories can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Recommended for a light hearted read between heavy books or if you just want to curl up and soak in some nostalgia.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pathik

    A compilation of short stories and such, The Ruskin Bond children's Omnibus is an enticing read. Vivid details of Indian village life come to life with the sagas of The Blue Umbrella and The river. Bond does not fail to entertain the reader with such witty stories such as Cricket for the Crocodile. This book is a compilation of short stories but yet, Bond makes these moments last forever. It is a memorable read and definitely worth reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    One of the best by Mr. Ruskin Bond. Completely enamoured by the book! A valuable possession, spectacular read providing stories that we could relish our whole lives. I am a great Fan of the author & this one is feather in the cap of the various books i hold. A must read for everyone who want to relinquish their childhoods.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gadfly

    I read this book first as a twelve year old, and have lost count of the number of times I have re-read it. I think capturing the experience of childhood without sinking into sentimentality is not easy - which Ruskin Bond manages in this book ( and many of his others') with deceptive simplicity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maninee

    an excellent collection of stories, my favourite is(no prizes for guessing)'my grandfather's zoo'. other than that 'dust on the mountains' and 'the blue umbrella' were briliant

  8. 4 out of 5

    Achala

    A delightful set of stories in Bond's signature style, some of them funny, some bittersweet. Aimed at children but enjoyable by adults as well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lavanya

    this was a great book. thoroughly enjoyed it. my favourite was - the road to the bazaar

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wendell D'Costa

    Reading this book was like spending a day on the hills of Mussoorie. This book is filled with heart warming stories from 'Angry River' to 'Dust on the Mountain', Ruskin Bond has written these stories almost effortlessly. Bond's way of expressing emotions and his description of nature is really fantastic. Reading this book will surely take you back to your childhood, when everything was beautiful and life was nothing but a fairytale. Although all the stories were wonderful, if I had to pick a fav Reading this book was like spending a day on the hills of Mussoorie. This book is filled with heart warming stories from 'Angry River' to 'Dust on the Mountain', Ruskin Bond has written these stories almost effortlessly. Bond's way of expressing emotions and his description of nature is really fantastic. Reading this book will surely take you back to your childhood, when everything was beautiful and life was nothing but a fairytale. Although all the stories were wonderful, if I had to pick a favourite I would pick 'Ghost Trouble'. Normally I have read about malevolent ghosts, but reading about a humorous ghost was even better. Reading about a prankster of a ghost and his day to day rounds of mischief was really good. But one story that touched me, was 'The Blue Umbrella'. I had heard that it was Bond's best story, and I was lucky enough to read it. Sometimes reading about simple things that many may not find important, is a good of reminding us how fortunate we are. This book surely proves why Ruskin Bond is the best author and story teller in India. If you have never read any of Ruskin Bonds stories, than this is the book for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rahmath

    This is the first ever Ruskin Bond book I have read. And I wonder why I have not read any of his books till now. I would say he was an Indian Enid Blyton , but I understand the difference between now. The omnibus had some of his short novels or novellas. I especially liked the Blue Umbrella- the story of the village girl who trades her lucky charm for a pretty blue umbrella from a tourist couple- the umbrella which makes her the envy of the whole village. Ruskin Bond writes simple stories, beaut This is the first ever Ruskin Bond book I have read. And I wonder why I have not read any of his books till now. I would say he was an Indian Enid Blyton , but I understand the difference between now. The omnibus had some of his short novels or novellas. I especially liked the Blue Umbrella- the story of the village girl who trades her lucky charm for a pretty blue umbrella from a tourist couple- the umbrella which makes her the envy of the whole village. Ruskin Bond writes simple stories, beautiful from an era I can only imagine. Maybe My father’s time? Reminded me of my childhood. Remembered the time I stole guavas from Pathu uncle’s tree and him coming home to give me a whole bag of guavas after catching me, The time I climbed the tree near our home and made it my temporary home, the time the lady in the small shop in my native place kept 5 cylindrical fryams placed in all my fingers like extra-large ,salty and oily huge rings but strangely extremely tasty at that time. The stories were very sweet and very simple. The language was simpler still. Do you know one important thing I realized when I was reading the story “the Blue Umbrella”? I was waiting for something to go wrong. I was so used to things always going wrong, that every time I turned a page, I expected something bad to happen. I realized how defensive we have become. It was a great lesson for me. It is a beautiful book. If you want to relax , if you want to go back to your childhood, if you want to go back to the simpler times, yes , this is the book for you. Really really recommend it to everyone. A perfect gift for a niece or nephew or your child.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debjani Chakraborty

    Ummm... I read this book back in 2007. An old edition , And I still remember the fact that around that time, I was so very obssesed with Ruskin bond and his writing that I was making plans for my secret escapade to Dehra. I was 12 then; and the stories engaged me like anything. A Job Well Done was my favourite partly because i never had guts to do what Dhunki did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj

    Sometimes you need a place where things are calm and peaceful. This book a wonderful collection of short stories with a pleasant setting and simple events put together wonderfully. People who have spent at-least some time in a rural setting can really relate to the characters and the way of life. This book provides a peek into a wonderful world that was childhood.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Khivi

    I JUST FINISHED IT IT WAS NICE IT IS MUST A READ

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aarshi Ray

    Loved it! Ruskin Bond's books have an amazing charm!!! =)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Neeti

    Such childhood and summer feels. And Grandfather's Private Zoo is pure delight!

  17. 5 out of 5

    vik

    Good collection. I keep coming back to it as if it is a reference book. :) Nice font size in this edition.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amey Dixit

    Such an amazing writing just loving it......

  19. 4 out of 5

    Udayan

    The book contains little bundles of excitement in the plain and simple short stories. And its not just for children.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deepti Rana

    stuff my childhood dreams were made of

  21. 4 out of 5

    Surendra Dighe

    good book.Recommended for reading.On the back ground of rural india, Ruskin tell the story of children and their world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Siva Surjith

    best book for children

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brinda

    there are many stories in this book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shromona Dasgupta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. good part of my summer holidays were spent with these stories. Simple yet deep short stories :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Kurup

    mgvkh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kanika

    In my opinion, Children's Omnibus is a great book filled with mischievous antics of children and important messages conveyed through each story. The book showed the hard lives, ambitions, tricks and intelligence of these kids. I am very fond of Ruskin Bond's iconic storytelling. It is as if he is sitting in front of you in his veranda and narrating the stories to me. I like how he makes such simple lives so different and unique from our lives. I also enjoyed how he wrote through all characters p In my opinion, Children's Omnibus is a great book filled with mischievous antics of children and important messages conveyed through each story. The book showed the hard lives, ambitions, tricks and intelligence of these kids. I am very fond of Ruskin Bond's iconic storytelling. It is as if he is sitting in front of you in his veranda and narrating the stories to me. I like how he makes such simple lives so different and unique from our lives. I also enjoyed how he wrote through all characters points, even if it is as mere as a bug. I hope to read more of his books like this in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil

    Brought back a lot of memories being in my house, up in the mango trees. Reminded me about how things were so ordinary, how things were so simple in the 90's. Such a nice read. Some of the stories are so simple yet have a strong message. Everyone should read this book and make their kids read it too! Maybe that'll help them understand how the world was so simple, ordinary and wonderful.. once!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kshitij Agrawal

    Good

  29. 4 out of 5

    Farhana Sufi

    This was the first time I picked up Ruskin Bond, and I was swept away. ♥

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sometimes

    Was fantastic for a short entertaining read

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