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The Lamp Is Lit

Written by: Ruskin Bond
Narrated by: Elvis Mathias
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins

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Autobiographical sketches and stories from India's best-loved writer in English. 

For more than four decades now, by way of innumerable short stories, essays, poems, and novels, Ruskin Bond has championed simplicity and quietude in life and in art. This collection of essays and episodes from his journals is, in his own words, "a celebration of my survival as a freelance". 

The author's early forays into the literary magazines of the 1950s and '60s are described in the first part of the audiobook, along with some examples of his work at the time. The sections that follow contain extracts from an unpublished travel journal he kept during the '60s, episodes from the highways on which he was a frequent traveler, and vignettes of life in Mussoorie, past and present. 

With understated humor and compassion, Ruskin Bond records the charming eccentricities of friends and acquaintances (a former princess cheerfully obsessed with death and disaster); the silent miracles of nature ("New moon in a purple sky"); life's little joys (the smell of onions frying) and its fleeting regrets. 

Nostalgic and heart-warming, full of wisdom and charm, The Lamp Is Lit provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of "our very own resident Wordsworth in prose".

©1998 Ruskin Bond (P)2018 Random House Audio

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