It was flowers, spook, loss, life, and death brought alive as PettiCourtyard decoded Ruskin Bond’s stories

2 November 2014 | by PettiCourtyard Reporter

It’s the shortest short story in the Ruskin Bond omnibus. But, A Face in the Dark came across as the most popular of Bond’s stories at PettiCourtyard’s recent meeting on Saturday. It’s about a fearless Englishman who would walk home through the wilderness even on a stormy night and would meet a boy and then an old man who were hardly human.

 

PettiCourtyard members share a tête-à-tête just before Ruskin Bond's A Face in the Dark set in the spook

PettiCourtyard members share a tête-à-tête just before Ruskin Bond’s A Face in the Dark set in the spook

 

Some members could not relate to the story. But once the discussion started, it created some flutter, and none were to be left unimpressed. The world’s spook landed on the smallish table and the bookracks around. It was a wonder to discover that not only the hills but even the plains had their fair share of horror spots and stories. Considering the intensity of the dialogues, the gathering was soon lost in the supernatural. If the conversation had not been flagged down midway due to time constraints, PettiCourtyard members would well be dining with ghosts that evening!

 

The discussions on other stories were equally passionate though the lack of ethereal element may have poached the fizz to some extent. The Night Train at Deoli, My Father’s Trees in Dehra, The Prospect of Flowers, and Death of a Familiar, were the other stories discussed. The character of the protagonist Sunil in Death of a Familiar, no different from a boy next door and who was spoilt by choice and nature made for a profound analysis.
The Prospect of Flowers lent some colour to the discussion. Though the protagonist had to die, it’s the prospect of flowers that virtually brought the colours alive in the vicinity as the discussion proceeded.

 

PettiCourtyard members, sometime in the middle of the decodings and the discussions of Ruskin Bond stories

Members sometime in the middle of the decodings and the discussions of Ruskin Bond stories

 

The meeting ended late evening and it was, yet again, A Face in the Dark that came back as we walked through semi-lit corridors towards the semi-lit parking. Just like the most insignificant incidents lead to phenomenal episodes in life, the shortest story of the evening carried the most impressive aspect. This one clearly goes to A Face in the Dark!

 

 

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