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Volume 3 Issue 1

June 2017

Ruskin Bond’s “Sita and the River”: Spotlight on Surrender to the Eternal Green Spirit
Ms. A. Jayasree, 
Assistant Professor (SS), 
Department of English, 
Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women (Deemed University), 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Greg Gerrard in his book Ecocriticism states that “The idea of wilderness, signifying nature in a state uncontaminated by civilisation, is the most potent construction of nature available to New World environmentalism. It is a construction mobilised to protect particular habitats and species and is seen as a place for the reinvigoration of those tired of the moral and material pollution of the city” (59). As ecocritics embark on a path to deliver a new set of eyes to look at the world around us, they lead us into a labyrinth of interactions and negotiations between nature, man and culture. Ruskin Bond’s stories explore at length the captivating beauty in every aspect of nature and highlights that every component of nature has its own intrinsic value and role to play in the intricate web of the almighty’s design. His nature writing promotes the idea as pointed out in his Book of Nature, “Live close to nature and you will never feel lonely” (30). What is refreshing is that he celebrates both the compassionate side of nature and the harsh episodes that throw destruction around like confetti. “Sita and the River” is an engaging story wherein Bond Sketching nature with the touch of a true connoisseur asks man to surrender to the eternal Green Spirit for renewal of life and resurgence of the soul. Bond awake to the resplendence of nature observes: “When we walk close to nature, we come to a better understanding of life; for; it is from the natural world that we first emerged and to which we still belong” (60).
Ruskin Bond; “Sita and the River”; Ecocriticism; Green Literature.
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