Before you jump to conclusions, We are referring to Ruskin Bond. Yes, the other one… the real one. One of our members was telling us the other day about how they had thought of “The Man From The Hills” when they were reading our website. Thats probably the best compliment we have received. Ever!. Ruskin to us symbolises the romanticism of the simpler ways, the joy of just existing without an agenda – The metaphorical fly on the wall. His writing taught us how a chilly winter night in the hills can be delicious as well, how a summer morning in Delhi, could be romanticised with a juicy mango. His quote, “And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful” , is the cornerstone of our way of thinking. No matter what ‘scientific advancements’ we achieve , no matter how much we increase the yield, there is no way we can really understand the intricacies of a living eco system by a few quantitative measurements. Eventually, based on one’s capacity, science would merge into philosophy. For us that philosophy is to just let nature do its job. We can use design to tune it in a certain way but let this beautiful tool work its magic for you. Try not to interfere or whats worse, improve!! Focus those mental faculties instead on what Ruskin calls, the simpler joys of life.
As one writer, puts it, Ruskin taught us how not growing up is the most important art someone can teach you. Thank you Ruskin for make us see that life need not be compartmentalized into childhood and adulthood. We are pretty determined to never grow up and be hopeless romantics at heart, always chasing the proverbial butterfly.