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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Hidden Pool by Ruskin Bond. A brand new edition of Ruskin Bond's first novel for children Laurie is an English boy who moves to a hill town with his parents when his father is posted to India on work for two years.
Laurie makes two new friends: Anil, the son of a local cloth merchant, and Kamal, who lost his parents during Partition and now sells buttons and shoelaces but dreams of going to college. Anil and Kamal introduce Laurie to an enchanted world of beetle races, ghosts, chaat and Holi, and he shares with them the secret pool he finds on the mountainside. At the pool the boys fish, build dams, take midnight dips, wrestle, and ride buffaloes. It is there that they plan their grand adventure: a trek to the Pindari Glacier, were no one from their town has gone before.
On the slopes of the beautiful mountain they meet pumpkin-eating bears, and keep a close lookout for the Abominable Snow-woman who feeds children fruit, honey, rice and earthworms.
This lost classic is a magical tale of adventure and friendship, told in Ruskin Bond's inimitable style. Get A Copy. Paperback , 96 pages. Published December 24th by Penguin India first published More Details Original Title.
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Totally loved it! Full review follow soon. A sweet little tale of three friends - Laurie, Kamal, Anil - their friendship, the hidden pool they discover, and their trek to a glacier up the himalayas. Feb 18, Elf Asura rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-books. If I remember right, I read this book way back in or It had come in as part of the big pile of books won by my brother A V Abraham as a prize in the Shankar's International Children's Competition.
The story has always been a part of me and whenever I think back to it, I feel nostalgic. Perhaps, it's also partly because I had a lovely childhood with some very good and close friends - like the gang of three kids i If I remember right, I read this book way back in or Perhaps, it's also partly because I had a lovely childhood with some very good and close friends - like the gang of three kids in this book. Apart from that, the idea of the mountains I grew up in the Nilgiri Hills and the streams and pools have remained with me as an ideal place to live in if living by the sea is impossible.
I like Ruskin Bond's lovely, simple flowing style. He doesn't care to make his stories complex or complicated and yet, they are wonderful.
This book especially will not disappoint anyone who picks it up. A story that literally took me to the journey so realistic, like i was watching everything in the gleam of light.
Ruskin Bond certainly like always at his best. Impeccable writing with smooth flow of describing everything so detailed and beautifully. For one moment it was inevitable for me to not to put in Anil or Kamal situation in expecting that they all three will meet again. This lost classic was a magical tale of adventure and friendship, told in Ruskin Bond's inimitable style. Excellent story of three friends living different lives as individuals but seeing no religious partitions, sharing a close bond of friendship, hunger for adventure, having great hopes while suppressing the pain of parting.
A very simple yet heart touching story. Apr 12, Meghana rated it really liked it. Been on a Ruskin Bond reading spree today, and it's been great! I enjoy his books because of the simple narrative, his keen eye for detail, and the lovely perspective he sheds on life in the small towns of India. The Hidden Pool is a short, breezy read about a friendship between three boys from very different backgrounds, and like all of Bond's tales, it is refreshing in its originality and sincerity.
Unconsciously, I was reminiscing about my own childhood friends, and that's what Ruskin Bond doe Been on a Ruskin Bond reading spree today, and it's been great! Unconsciously, I was reminiscing about my own childhood friends, and that's what Ruskin Bond does so well- he writes stories that remind us of our own, which is what makes his works seem so comforting and familiar.
Nov 08, Harshit Gupta rated it liked it. Like Usual Ruskin Bond's books for children. Sep 06, Ampat rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
It was one of my greatest treasures but though it probably still survives and is with my eldest or second brother or in my father's house in Thiruvananthapuram, recently I got the chance to get my own copy from no other book store than the one frequented by Bond himself, though I could not meet him.
After feeling happy a book on him by my colleague Cynthia Michael was there in the shop with my blurb which the book storeman assured me Bond had read, I bought only one book which was not Room on the Roof, or Night Train to Deoli or Blue Umbrella, all books I had loved but Hidden Pool. It was a much smaller version with different illustrations but I devoured it instantly.
Room on the Roof was based on it, and Rusty's prototype is Laurie. It has a younger version of Ruskin Bond as Laurie and two other characters who are Anil who is the son of a local cloth merchant in a small hill station of a town in India, and Kamal who is an orphan who sells buttons and combs and hopes to enter college by studying hard for the matric all by himself. Their lives are knit together by age and the need for friendship and changed by a series of events that include finding a hidden pool that is their secret meeting place, celebrating Holi together and listening to stories about supernatural beings from Anil's grandmother as well as an unforgettable glacier Pindari trek in which a fourth lovable child of a character Bisnu appears as their sherpa or guide.
When I read it long ago, it was exotic for me as in my home town down south we did not celebrate Holi, had no chaat shop or hidden pool, and no tales of yetis or glaciers or snow. But beyond all that what really struck me was the friendship between the boys that knew no barriers of class or race or religion or caste, I think , seemingly.
Here to me was the answer to why India mattered for in it the East and West could meet as proved by Ruskin Bond, whom i considered immediately greater than R K Narayan and Rudyard Kipling and EM Forster for this vision of his, and his delectable story telling powers and his exquisite English.
I felt sad when Kamal failed in the exam in the book and happy that he would try again and loved the part where the boys scared themselves after hearing the "bhoot, preth, dana, pisach" stories of Anil's grandmother, and loved their sparring and conversational sessions by the hidden pool and the unforgettable dangerous adventure of the glacier trek where they returned in one piece as well as the characters in the book, with the powerful and beautiful descriptions littered throughout it of the beauty of nature.
This second time around it was even more powerful as I had by now been in chaat shops which were there in Bengaluru and seen glaciers as well as hidden pools and not so hidden ones in Ladakh and was no longer a stranger to the life presented in these stories, having visited and explored the North just before buying the book, especially Mussoorie and Dehra Dun.
The enjoyment was no less keen but the nostalgia was overlaid with a tinge of sadness. At the end of the story the hidden pool vanishes, and I felt that the India of today was becoming a place where the vision of unity in the midst of diversity was also vanishing. East could no longer meet West and live in harmony and peace unlike what Bond had envisaged or North meet South, unless with an effort, much effort.
The innocence was gone and i feared soon his books that can be found in Mussoorie even in coffee shops would be too. But his immortal novella, this one, the Hidden Pool, will never die, all the same. Mar 20, Reechi Tatkare rated it it was amazing. The way he understands people is fascinating. What I loved it so much and why I think you should read : The characters- all of them are so real and full of life they are written for kids but they are not shallow.
The friendship - it is THE plot of the story. I enjoyed every character they were so unique and fun to read , it reminded me of my childhood friends and our adventure. The setting in risking bond book is always my favorite thing. There is an innocence and purity to this story which is not The way he understands people is fascinating.
There is an innocence and purity to this story which is not possible in today's developed world. And finally even though I have a lot to say the ending I will obviously not spoil it but it does something which I love and hate it books because it always breaks my heart. Definitely a favorite of mine Sep 06, thebookbosomed rated it really liked it.
The Hidden Pool
Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy Ruskin Bond's first novel for children in a whole new look! Laurie, an English boy in a small hill town in India, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Anil, the son of a local cloth merchant, and Kamal, an orphan who sells buttons and shoelaces but dreams of going to college. One day the three discover a secret pool on the mountainside, and it is there that they plan their greatest escapade yet-a trek to the Pindari Glacier, where no one from their town has gone before. This newly illustrated edition of Bond's magical tale of camaraderie and adventure is sure to win over yet another generation of readers. He has written more than forty books for children and is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Publisher: Puffin, New Delhi, India. Since then he has written over five hundred short stories, essays and novellas some included in the collections Dust on the Mountains and Classic Ruskin Bond and more than forty books for children.