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  • A Book of Simple Living

  • Brief Notes from the Hills
  • Written by: Ruskin Bond
  • Narrated by: Udai Matthan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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A Book of Simple Living

Written by: Ruskin Bond
Narrated by: Udai Matthan
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Publisher's Summary

Mist fills the Himalayan valleys, and monsoon rain sweeps across the hills. Sometimes, during the day, a bird visits me - a deep purple whistling thrush. She perches on the windowsill and looks out with me at the rain.' This personal diary records the many small moments that constitute a life of harmony - with the self, the natural world, and friends, family and passersby. In these hours, we watch a wild plum blossom and the moon come up between two deodar trees; we hear a redstart whistle and the rain drum on a tin roof; we recognize the aftermath of loss and the consolation of old companions. A Book of Simple Living is a gift of beauty and wisdom from India's most loved and most understated writer.

©2015 Ruskin Bond (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Beauty

I've never realised the change a book can cause to once life. Never loved nature more.

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listen for a peace of mind...

Ruskin bond is unique...and I too love the style of narration...good job Mr Udai Matthan.

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Simply Unmissable

Recommended for all who desire to love life all over again. Ruskin points out the path to take...
The Audible version is even more pleasurable with the Narrator's soothing voice.
Simply Loved It!

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Simple and Elegant...

Amazing experience. The book is written in such a simplistic and descriptive manner that every word comes in front of your eyes.. and it opens up the world showing the minute pleasures in the world... Must read for those rainy days when you just want to sit and watch it rain...

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After reading this I am both shaken and stirred! Mr bond is such a muaaaahhhh

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simple and wonderful

My go to in happy and otherwise times. Narration, I am a big fan.

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A book of Simple Living.

Simple writing and that's what makes this book awesome!

I have probably book marked almost all pages in this book. Every page calms the mind. But then it's not a self help book, but still when one reads it, it just soothens the mind. It's as calming as meditation.

I would go back and re-read this multiple times as and when i feel like.

A 5 star from my side 😊

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A beautiful book

A beautiful book about life and how the mundane things in everyday life we ignore are the real source of joy. You will definitely love listening to this.

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Good listening

I loved it. Good experience. Will listen it again sometime. Narator has good narration skills.

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Awakening

Admire the simple language awakening our deadened senses to the magical beauty of nature and the ease with which the quotes are slipped in. The descriptions of familiar unnoticed things kept me smiling throughout the read. The book made me feel calm and restored.

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  • Nikhil
  • 23-08-18

Relaxing read/listen !

This is easily one of the most relaxing books to listen to/read ! Quite a bit like Bill Bryson's book on the Appalachian trail in how it takes you to the outdoors.

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  • Sceptical Sorcerer
  • 02-04-21

Utterly Charming

Simple but powerful reflections, insights and contemplations on everyday living. I always enjoy Bond's non-fiction writing (I have read only extracts of his fictional work).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-20

A beautiful journey.

I loved this book. Perfect for easing the mind. I love the way he writes, so simple. Incredible. I have not listened to Ruskin Bond before this or even heard his name before . I will definitely listen and again. He has a new Follower.