International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

E-ISSN: 2349-4182
P-ISSN: 2349-5979

Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)

Motherhood as Reflected in Ruskin Bond’s Story The Woman on Platform 8

Author(s): A Muthu Meena Losini
Abstract: The story “Woman on Platform 8” is the manifestation of his unfulfilled childhood. The boy Arun, in this story, travels alone because his parents do not spare themselves for him. The stranger woman on railway platform compensates his want for a true mother. In most of his stories boys are in the lead role. Here Arun plays a vital role who is sensitive, energetic, curious and innocent. Bond relives his own boyhood through his fictional incarnation, Arun “The Woman on Platform 8’’ is the manifestation of his vision of an ideal mother who understands her kids, who patiently bears their tantrums and exerts lovingly for their healthy development. Bond achieves in stories what he could not get in real. He frankly admits in Scenes from Writers Life:
“I don’t suppose I would have written so much childhood or even about other children, if my own childhood had been all happiness and light” (p.4)
Bond shares his childhood anxiety to be with his mother in this story.
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