by Ruskin Bond

  • Category Anthology
  • Format Paperback
  • Imprint Rupa
  • Price 195
  1. ISBN: 9788129116208
  2. Pages: 220 pages
  3. Date: 2007


The laidback lifestyle and moderate climate of the Doon Valley and its surrounding environs make it the ideal retirement 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 bustling capital of a newly formed state.

The anthology captures the unique flavour of the region – both its old world charm and the newer characteristics that now define parts of it. Most of the contributors to this volume have lived in the valley long enough to witness the changes have taken 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 writing by eminent authors, and also by gifted people, who writing entertainingly but whose occupations prevent them from becoming full-time writers. They may have spent the greater parts of the lives in the district, or they may have discovered it comparatively recently. Either way, their own personality traits have bearing on the subject, and the result is a variety of views and viewpoints. The richness and diversity of the Doon is captured in these personal stories and vignettes.

This book 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.


Ruskin Bond, resident of Mussoorie, is a well-known writer of fiction and a raconteur par excellence. His Tales and Legends from India, Angry River, Strange Men, Strange Places, The Blue Umbrella, A Long Walk for Bina and Hanuman to the Rescue are also available in Rupa paperback. The Ruskin Bond’s Children’s Omnibus has been a firm favourite with young readers for several years. Ghost Stories from the Raj, The Rupa Book of Great Animal Stories, The Rupa Book of True Tales of Mystery and Adventure, The Rupa Book of Himalayan Tales and The Rupa Book of Great Suspense Stories are some of his recent books for Rupa

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