THE EYES ARE NOT HERE
ABOUT THE POET: Ruskin Bond, born 19 May 1934, is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist. In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Academy, India's National Academy of Letters in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature. He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie. His writing style is distinct in a way that it tries to make reader understand the landscape and ethos through carefully mastered words. His writings have won him both tremendous critical acclaim as well as a long list of fans throughout the literary world. Replete with unassuming humor and quiet wisdom, his stories manifest a deep love for nature and people. His descriptions about the flora and fauna of Himalayas cannot be missed in his short stories, essays, novels, and more than thirty books of children that he has written.
INTRODUCTION: The Eyes Are Not Here is a short story by Ruskin Bond. The narrator ( Rohana ) of this story, a blind man who was going to Dehra by train when a girl boarded towards the compartment . Once the train left the station, the narrator started a conversation asking if she too was going to Dehra. The voice startled her as she thought her to be alone in the compartment. The girl told him that she was going to Saharanpur where her aunt would come to take her home. She also envied the narrator as the hills of Mussoorie, where he was headed to, presented a lovely sight in October. After some more talks the narrator told her, that she had an interesting face. She was happy at this and replied that his opinion was slightly different from the often repeated phrase: "You have a pretty face". Soon the girl bid goodbye as the train arrived at her destination. After her departure, a man...
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