I received the book, The World Outside My Window by Ruskin Bond as a review copy from Rupa Publications. I would like to thank the publisher for the book. This book was published to mark the 82nd birthday of the great writer. It is a collection of 38 short stories and poems. The book has been divided into three parts- the wonderful world of insects: birdsong in the mountains and the loveliness of ferns.
He has described the biology of insects, their importance and also that no two species of insects have the same form and colour and also the various reasons for the colour schemes of insects. He has written about dragonflies, fireflies, lady birds, honey bee and big and small insects. Being a science student all my life, I never heard of ichneumon fly and that there is a different caterpillar for nearly every kind of edible plant. He has also written about ants, scorpion, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, mantis and wasps.
He has written about the birds he has seen in Delhi, Dehradun and Mussourie, the bulbuls, the sparrows, the parrots, the finches. He has written about the inhabitants of the semul tree, the night birds and the mountain birds.
He has written about the mystery of the coconut tree, the various trees in the Himalayan region and the ferns- those which grow near the streams and those which grow in the areas of the forests- and the varieties and history of ferns.
The stories have been written in a simple language and are a nature lover’s delight. His vast experience and knowledge is reflected in the detailed information he has given. This book is a must read for all age groups and something that can be read overe and over again, in parts or as a whole.And the cover is beautiful.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.