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THE FLIGHT OF PIGEONS

-RUSKIN BOND
CHARACTERS:
• Ruth Labadoor :She is the narrator of the novel and witnesses the killing of her father. With the help
of her mother, friends and others, she and her family finally make it to their relatives.
• Lala Ramjimal: He is the most trusted friend of the Labadoor family and he gives them shelter when
Mr. Labadoor is killed.
• Javed Khan :He is a courageous Pathan. He loses focus on his commitment when he sees Ruth
Labadoor and falls in love with her. Despite many attempts, he is not able to please Mariam Labadoor
to let him marry her daughter. He died in a short argument with the British.

The Novel starts with the death of the father of Narrator in front of her eyes in a church. This murder is
committed by the Indian rebels who are a part of the 1857 mutiny and who have decided to kill all the
Britishers of the small town Shahjahanpur. It is then that Mariam Labadoor, who is the mother of the
narrator, comes into action. She takes their entire family to their trusted friend Lala Ramjimal who
keeps them at his home and gives them the maximum security and shelter he can give. The Pathan leader
Javed Khan comes to know that there are a few foreigners living in Lala’s home and he suddenly comes
into their house and forcefully takes away Ruth and Mariam Labadoor to his home. The latter part of the
book is followed by the various happening in the Labadoor family, who are very warmly welcomed by
different family members of Javed Khan. But, Javed Khan himself is a cunning man and he pleads to
marry Ruth Labadoor. Mariam saves her daughter many times as she does not want her to marry Javed
Khan. She keeps a condition that if the British are able to take on the country once again, then she
would not let him marry her daughter and if they lose to the rebels, then she would give her daughter to
him. The British are able to take hold of the country and Javed Khan is killed in one of the fights with
the British. With lots of help and support, the Labadoor family finally reach their relatives.
In A Flight of Pigeons, love and friendship wins over religious intolerances.

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THE FLIGHT OF PIGEONS
-RUSKIN BOND
REVIEW:
Author Ruskin Bond constructs the historical tale of Ruth Labadoor and her family’s
escapades during the massacre that took place during the first war of Indian Independence
in 1857.
In the beginning, father of the narrator is murdered in front of the narrator itself, which
makes the narrator and the family in a danger as the Indian troops are in hunt for all
britishers in the town. This incident makes the beginning interesting and curious to know
what will the family do now?.
Then the mother of the narrator comes into action as she then takes the responsibility and
decides to take help from Lala Ramjimal, and all her family takes shelter and protection
with his help. This part of the story moralizes that no matter what the religion, nationality
is ,humanity and the friendship will always find its way. As the story progresses and Javed
khan enters, makes it interesting as because javed khan falls for Ruth and the story grasps
its way .As the story progresses, it shows how humanity lives in the heart of the people
,Javed khan and his family being a pathan leader helps them to stay protected.The story
then approches and shows how friends and other people support the labadoor family and
help them to reach to their relatives and get safe.
The story mainly revolves around the emotional aspects of the family and the people who
understand and revolting towards the happenings in a silent way and helping the needy.
The narration is simple. Bond weaves human emotions with extreme caution that every
major incident and the character's way of dealing with it is becomes relatable.

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