"BOND’S BOND WITH NATURE AND CHILDREN IN HIS SELECTED SHORT STORIES – AN ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE"

Authors

G. Giriya, Kandasamikandar’s College, P. Velur.

Dr. M. Krishnaraj (Associate Professor), P. Velurkandasamikandar’s College, P. Velur.

Abstract

Ruskin Bond is fond of Nature and he is interested in exploring the vast, inexhaustible storehouse of Nature.From a close reading of many of his stories, it is evident that he loves two things more than anything else in this world and those two things are Nature and Children.At the same time, he seems to be fond ofchildren and so writes about childhood. Perhaps, it is the simplicity that isassociated with both Nature and Childhood that prompts Bond to write about both. He reveals exceptional talent in discussing childhood. His descriptions are simply moving and convincing. Having lived in the lap of nature all his life, he has a deep and abiding love for nature, particularly the flora and fauna of the majestic Himalayas. The preservation of all mankind and the world of nature and an awareness of a link between the world of nature and man are always present in the writings of Bond. In almost all his works nature forms a background. Bond is an ecologist and a true environmentalist who propagated conservation and protection of wildlife. Today we can witness how right bond was.