The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond

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1. when?

1.1. summer 1988

2. where?

2.1. grandmother’s house in Dehradun, station Deoli

3. narrator

3.1. The story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of letting go. The narrator is unable to let go of the girl at Deoli despite the passing of time. It is as though he has reserved a place for the girl in his heart. Though some critics might suggest that the narrator has become infatuated with the girl it is more likely that she is his first love and it is for this reason that he has never let go of the girl or forgotten her. It is also somewhat ironic that the narrator tells the reader that nothing happens at Deoli. Yet Deoli is the place where the narrator has fallen in love for the first time. It might also be important that the narrator no longer gets off the train at Deoli as this could suggest that the narrator rather than having to face reality and discover what happened the girl. Prefers instead to hold onto his memories.

4. plot summary

4.1. Ruskin Bond used to spend his summer at his grandmother’s house in Dehradun. While taking the train, he always had to pass through a small station called Deoli. No one used to get down at the station and nothing happened there. Until one day he sees a girl selling fruit and he is unable to forget her.

5. characters

5.1. The main characters of the story are a basket vendor whose name is never mentioned in the story and the author Ruskin Bond himself. The author meets the girl only twice during two different travels and falls in love with her. When he finally decides to tell the girl this, he is not able to find her. He makes many enquiries, but no one is able to help him.

6. title

6.1. The Night Train at Deoli

7. author

7.1. Ruskin Bond

8. meeting the girl

8.1. Juvenile love is based on appearance, it is distinctly reflected when the author expresses his feelings for the girl at first sight. On his journey to Dehra, the author happens to see a pale-looking girl selling baskets. She appears to be poor, but with grace and dignity. Her shiny black hair and dark, troubled eyes attracts the author. The girl offers to sell baskets to him. He initially refuses to buy and later when she insists, happens to buy one with a little hesitation, daring not to touch her fingers while taking the basket from her hand. Both of them just look at each other for quite some time, just as it strikes a chord of affection between them.

9. themes

9.1. innocence, memories, connection, love, letting go, desire, acceptance and fear