ANALYZING THE PORTRAYAL OF LOVE AND ROMANCE IN RUSKIN BOND'S SELECTED AMOROUS STORIES: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN YOUNGER AND OLDER CHARACTERS
Abstract: The significant impact of Ruskin Bond cannot be disregarded in the domain of current Indian English writing. The author's name is widely associated with this particular literary period, garnering significant acclaim, particularly among the younger demographic of readers. Bond's literary contributions including short tales and novellas have had a profound impact on Indian literature, as he skillfully explores fundamental human values, love, and romance. Ruskin Bond is widely recognised as a prominent character in the realm of Indian English literature after the country's independence. Several noteworthy works by the author include "The Room on the Roof" (1957), "Vagrants of the Valley" (1993), "Delhi Is Not Far" (1960), and "A Handful of Nuts" (1995). One distinguishing characteristic of his work is his adeptness at incorporating a well-balanced sense of humour and a positive perspective on life into his written compositions. In contrast to R. K. Narayan, Ruskin Bond often derives inspiration for his characters and narratives from the vibrant urban centres of actual existence. The author's tales concentrate on the experiences of young individuals and children, showcasing his enduring fondness for the natural world, including nature, trees, mountains, and the diverse array of species found in the Himalayas. This study aims to illuminate Ruskin Bond's profound affinity for issues such as friendship, childhood, and many aspects of love.
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Conclusion: Ruskin Bond has successfully engaged readers by his poignant tales of love. The individual's steadfast dedication and long-lasting enthusiasm have smoothly integrated him into the fabric of creative romantic romances. The author's perspective on narratives centred on love is clear and evident. He has exceptional writing skills, using his fervour to construct stories that really resonate with readers. A recurring theme becomes apparent throughout the author's romantic narratives, ultimately culminating in a profound realisation. The thematic coherence of love within the narratives of his works stays unwavering, so emphasising a poignant veracity. Love is an influential and compelling phenomenon that universally captivates human beings, as they want for validation, affection, and recognition. Bond's examination of love, whether expressed verbally or shown by deeds, elicits a combination of gratification and suffering for both the one experiencing affection and the person being adored. The author's comprehensive depiction of love has a painful quality when he illustrates the sadness experienced by friends or lovers who separate. As a result, the author's narratives consistently explore themes of separation, as shown in works such as "The Story of Madhu," "The Coral Tree," "The Eyes Have It," and others. The portrayal of pure and uncorrupted love in Bond's romantic narratives has the potential to evoke fundamental human virtues such as nurturing, understanding, empathy, and compassion. Ruskin Bond might be considered a pioneering figure who not only influences the substance, form, and structure of his narratives but also tries to alter the perspectives of his audience.