Author: Ruskin BondSeveral Contributors/Translator(s)/ Edito: Ruskin BondPublisher: RupaYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 220ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129112347
The laidback lifestyle and moderate climate of the Doon valley and its surrounding environs make it the ideal retirement destination that it is. Some parts of the town in this region still retain a distinctive British character, while several have outgrown their colonial origins, transforming the area from an unhurried summer retreat to the busting capital of a newly formed state.The richness and diversity of the Doon is captured in these personal stories and vignettes.. Most of the contributors to this volume have lived in the valley long enough to witness the changes that have take place. There is nostalgia here, and history too, and the social change. All the writers have lived in Doon and love the city and write about a region that has shaped them.Once Upon a Time in the Doon… includes writings by eminent authors, and also by gifted people, who write entertainingly but whose occupations prevent them from becoming full-time writers. They may have spent the greater part of their lives in the district, or they may have discovered it comparatively recently. Either way, their own personality traits have a bearing on the subject, and the result is a variety of view and viewpoints. The richness and diversity of the Doon is captured in these personal stories and vignettes.This book is of interest to one who has journeyed through the valley and explored it. It will be doubly so to those who have lived in it.
IntroductionThe Long and Winding Road DAVID KEELINGTouch of the Vanished Hand RAKESH BAHADURThe Many Worlds of Dehra Dun ARIJIT BANERJIHow Green was my Valley? BIKRAM GREWALDoon: Up Close and Personal NAYANTARA SAHGALThe Net and Nostalgia RAMACHANDRA GUHALife and Times of the Savoy GANESH SAILIDehra Dun – A Magical Walks Down Memory Lane HIMMAT S. DHILLONTraveling with a Phantom SUMANTA BANERJEEIMA, FRI, The Doon School and RIMC KUNAL VERMAA Journey into a New Life FLORENCE PANDHIRandom Thoughts KARAN THAPARThe ‘Doon’ Syndrome DEV LAHIRIThe East Canal IRWIN ALLAN SEALYLast Train to Dehra Dun VICTOR BEANERJEEMussoorie House Names BILL AITKENMilk Rusk to Maharaja Mac PALASH KRISHNA MEHROTRANehru’s Love Affair with Dehra Dun RAJ KANWARReading and Books in the valley UPENDRA ARORASaga of a SoldierRUSKIN BONDKnow More about Our Contributors