Tuesday, 21 December 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Noted writer Ruskin Bond noted how the environment of Dehradun had changed with time and expressed concern over the failure of the international community to do much concrete to tackle climate change. Bond was interacting with activist and adventurer Gul Panag during the launch of his new book ‘ While the Birds Still Sing: A Life in Nature’ at a virtual event on the weekend.
Panag described the book as a book on the wisdom of nature. She called it the most insightful, informed, wise and witty writings about nature brought to life by a collection of watercolours illustrations by Pernita Dutt. If you have forgotten that humans too are creatures of nature, this book will connect you to your habitat, she said.
Taking questions from the audience and being asked if he had any regrets, Bond said he was a writer without any regrets. To another question how he rated buying books online against from brick and mortar bookshops the popular author said browsing a well stocked bookstore was akin to discovering a whole new world as he had always bought his books from bookshops. There is a swell of new books and new writers out there, he added while recommending browsing. Book reading is also a stress buster, he said. He read a book a day especially during the Covid pandemic and may have written a hundred books but has read a thousand, said Bond.
The book is published by Natraj Publishers Dehradun.