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com Literary Herald ISSN: 2454-3365 UGC-Approved Journal An International Refereed English e-Journal Impact Factor: 2.24 (IIJIF) Vol. 3, Issue 1 (June 2017) Page 776 Dr. Siddhartha Sharma Editor-in-Chief “All Creatures Great and Small” “All Creatures Great and Small” is a wonderful story by Ruskin bond. The story is set in two towns Dehra and Saharanpur. It is a first person narrative and therefore very touchy. The narrator is a boy who is living there with his grandfather in Dehra. They have a menagerie of a monkey, a tortoise, and a python, a Great Indian Hornbill, Toto-a monkey, a ticket collector, Aunt Mabel and cowherd boys. A cinema hall is there in the town. This wonderful story declares the first touch of romanticism of the author. The forest, the ropeway, the carriage and the river adjoining Dehra have been described with ease and simple lucid manner. “During the rains, when the river flowed strong and deep, it was impossible to get across except on a hand -operated ropeway; but in the dry months, the horse went splashing through, the carriage wheels churning through clear mountain water. If the horse found the going difficult, we removed our shoes, rolled up our skirts or trousers, and waded across.” The characters are growing with a kind of intimacy with the natural objects. The monkey Toto, tortoise, python and other make a significant mark in our heart. The natural habitat of these animals is decreasing day by day and so the numbers of the animals are. The matter is serious. As a result of the grandfather has made a habit of bringing new animals whenever he goes outside. He cannot bear the pain of those animals in almost starving homeless condition. So he brings them in his own house. In a plain sentence we may conclude that the earth will no longer be the suitable place for the animal kingdom as well as for the human. Human beings are responsible for this. They ignore the forest and the animals. Now-a-days we can see the major climactic change around the globe. The ice has started to melt in arctic zones; the earth is getting warmer day by day; many unknown diseases spread in full swing; death by cancer, heart problem, lungs problem, kidney failure etc. is increasing. All these are the result of deforestation. It disturbs the whole eco-system. With a delicate touch of romantic narration of the story the author intends to open up our mind so that our conscience will wake up and we start to respect the forest, animal and other major component of the earth. This is the reality which Bond underlies in this story. With this the nature lover author voices a dream of his own of a beautiful India where peace takes the upper hand; normalcy is seen everywhere; love of nature would come once again in man; various social diseases are vanished. This is actually a kind of Ramarajya (the kingdom of Rama, the epic hero) Bond wants. He validates this thought in presenting the minute detailing of the relation between the boy and the animals, between the grandfather and the animals and between the boy and the group of cowherd boys. The story
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