By Ruskin Bond

ISBN-10: 8129134195

ISBN-13: 9788129134196

One in all India’s most interesting and so much prolific writers, Ruskin Bond has been placing pen to paper for good over six a long time. because the Room at the Roof—his award-winning debut novel which brought readers to the unforgettable Rusty, the orphan from Dehradun—Bond has created characters either fascinating and whimsical, that have persisted in well known mind's eye. And, in what's might be his such a lot towering fulfillment, Bond has delivered to pulsing lifestyles the mountains, valleys and rivers of Garhwal, in addition to the quiet magic of small, tucked-away areas, in booklet after book.
The author at the Hill is a accomplished collection of Bond’s fiction and non-fiction, either well known and little-known. In ‘Masterji’, a tender guy meets his previous Hindi instructor on a educate platform, in handcuffs. within the excerpt from The Room at the Roof, Rusty stands as much as his bullying parent. ‘Man and Leopard’ describes, in enchanting prose, a heart-breaking come upon among guy and the wild. And, in ‘Once upon a Mountain Time’, Bond creates a captivating portrait of his little patch of earth in Mussoorie.
A tribute to 1 of the most well-liked and enjoyed writers of India, the author at the Hill can also be a party of the quiet, unhurried existence, lived at one’s personal speed. This quantity will pride Bond’s fanatics in every single place.

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Julius Caesar would have turned over in his grave if he had seen what had become of the language he had introduced: of the six Latin cases, only three remained; neutral words had become masculine; and various tenses had changed beyond recognition. In addition to the dozens of Celtic words that had crept in earlier (charrue, ‘plough’; mouton, ‘sheep’), many hundreds of Frankish words now came flooding in (auberge, ‘inn’; blanc, ‘white’; choisir, ‘choose’). When an entire people speak a different language from their rulers, eventually one side has to yield.

And not only those of us who speak English, of course. Those who speak Dutch, too – which is practically the same thing. And German, which is not so different either. And Spanish and Polish and Greek, because if you look closely enough you’ll see that even they look a bit like English. Further afield there are other languages, like Armenian and Kurdish and Nepalese, where you have to look quite a bit harder still to see the family resemblance. But each and every one of them emerged from a language that was spoken by a people whose name we don’t know, perhaps sixty centuries ago.

The rise of what we now call the Romance languages began some time later. Kings such as Denis of Portugal and Alfonso X of Spain, literary greats such as Dante and institutions like the Académie Française helped to glue the shards of local dialects into languages that were used over larger areas, mostly in writing at first. The Big Five were the most successful: they became the official languages of nation states, and even – in the case of Spanish, Portuguese and French – of new empires. But other groups of Roman dialects also worked their way to full-blown language status.

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