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Ruskin Bond’s literary works are often celebrated for its simplicity and timeless charm worldwide. Among his diverse oeuvre, A Season of Ghosts is a compelling narrative, delving into the journey between innocence and experience. This present research paper is an exploration of the evolving themes of innocence and experience within the context of Bond’s A Season of Ghosts. Through a multidimensional approach, the study focuses on a comprehensive analysis of characters, plot, and narrative techniques, employed in Ruskin Bond’s A Season of Ghosts. Hereto, it seeks to explore the transformation of characters and how they navigate the shifting terrain between innocence and experience, highlighting the nuances of their personal growth. Besides, this paper investigates the influence of external forces on characters’ perceptions of innocence and experience from socio-cultural and historical perspectives. Thus, Bond’s A Season of Ghosts is significant for a close reading with its thematic exploration in order to throw light on how it reflects not only the maturation of the characters but also the multifaceted themes of loss, nostalgia, and the passage of time. Moreover, the study adds to a nuanced understanding of Ruskin Bond’s fascinating way of storytelling as well as his potential to navigate the delicate balance between innocence and experience in his literary writings.
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