Mr Oliver�s Diary is one of the many Ruskin Bond�s stories that leave the reader in splits. Mr Oliver�s Diary has several hilarious characters that have never appeared before in Ruskin Bond�s creations.
To begin with, Mr. Christopher Oliver himself is a funny character with an alternate pair of wigs, neither of which stays on his head. He secretly admires Ms Anjali Ramola, the headmistress of girls� school. Adding to the parade of characters are, a headmaster who is not at all good in playing the violin, a Dr. Butcher who does full justice to his name, a maniacal Barber whose tools of the trade are more like weapons of potential murder, and of course, the set of naughty school boys, who are always ready for pranks and jokes.
The story starts off with Mr Oliver, a strict history headmaster, travelling from Kalka to Simla in train, accompanying almost a hundred hungry boys. Normally the journey takes about eight hours but with the delays and the endless fun, it lasts for as much as twelve hours. At the school, mother nature too does her bit to add to the fun as she blows off the rooftop of the dorm, getting the Headmaster and his wife struck in their cottage by a tree that falls across the door and an army of frogs that create a none-too-gentle din.
This book will bring back memories of those silly but lovable childhood days. Full of fun and humour, it is a much needed read in today�s life as the smiles and laughs are getting lost from our lives.
Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent who has written many novels, essays and poems, which have won the heart of readers across the globe. He has also written many short stories and articles which were published in magazines. He has achieved the Padma Shri title in 1999 and won the Sahitya Academy Award in 1993. His first novel was, �The Room on the Roof� and he was also the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys memorial prize in 1957. To order online, book is listed with the ISBN 10 number of 014333140 and ISBN 13 number of 978-014333148.