“Live close to nature and you’ll never feel lonely. Don’t drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won’t hack into your computer.”
# Ruskin Bond
Notes: Here, Ruskin Bond, one of India’s greatest and most prolific writers, shares his art of living with his readers and offers a couple of tips. His wisdom emerges from his evergoing romance with nature. Born in Kasauli (Uttarakhand, India), Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, Delhi and Shimla and finally found abode in Mussouri, his cherished land of dreams, amidst mountains, forests and their innumerable birds and animals. He stays there all by himself, except of course a couple of helping hands (families).
Must be a lonely soul? Nay! He picked wonderful company quite early in life, that has always been loyal to him. Bond has been in a long, never ending romance with nature. His works amply demonstrate that. There won’t be a single bird nor a stray, wild flower with whom he has not been in daily conversation. Can such a man ever complain of loneliness?
Coming back to sharing his wisdom, his art of living, with readers, Bond here advises his readers to ‘live close to nature.’ If they do that, he says, they would never feel lonely. But he also understands that that is not so easy to practice.There are too many obstacles put up by modern life-style. He names ‘computer’ as an example or symbol.
What he means to say is that one should not upset the natural life, its flora and fauna, all around and try instead to be a part of the larger family. Bond suggests not to ‘drive sparrows out of your verandah,’ like some stranger. He tells not to suspect that they would hack your computer and play havoc with your usual life. Welcoming them, allowing them the space and relishing their simple movements would certainly bring cheer to your day. That is what living close to nature can offer you – a loneliness-free, happy and long life!
# Ashok Misra