Unrequited Love – THE NIGHT TRAIN AT DEOLI – My Favorite Short Story


My Favourite Love Story



I love reading short stories. You can read a short story in one sitting and it immediately fills you with an exquisite sense of satisfaction.

I love writing short stories too, and I am sure you have read many of my short stories in my blog.

Dear Reader, let me tell you about my all time favourite short story – The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond.

The Night Train at Deoli is a beautiful story of unrequited love. Each one of us has experienced this wonderfully painful emotion of unrequited love.

Dear Reader, I am sure you too have experienced the delightful heart-ache of longing, yearning – an alluring attraction for someone who is out of reach – a one way love – a love unreciprocated.

Well I am quite familiar with the delicate tenderness of unrequited love; in fact, my life story is a story of unrequited loves.

The Night Train at Deoli is narrated in first person by a college boy who travels by the night train from Delhi to Dehra Dun every year to spend his summer vacations at his grandmother’s place. On its journey up the hills of the terai, early in the morning, the train stops at Deoli, a lonely station in the wilderness… “Why it stopped at Deoli. I don’t know. Nothing ever happened. Nobody got off the train and nobody got in…and then the bell would sound, the guard would blow his whistle, and presently Deoli would be left behind and forgotten” – isn’t the description brilliant, so breathtaking in its simplicity.

On one such journey the boy sees a girl at Deoli, selling baskets, and is smitten by her… “I sat up awake for the rest of the journey. I could not rid my mind of the picture of the girl’s face and her dark, smouldering eyes”.

He looks out for her on his return journey and is thrilled when he sees her… “I felt an unexpected thrill when I saw her…I sprang off the foot-board and waved to her. When she saw me, she smiled. She was pleased that I remembered her. I was pleased that she remembered me. We were both pleased, and it was almost like a meeting of old friends”…superb writing, isn’t it…simply superb.

It is time for the train to leave, and for the lovers to part… “I felt the impulse to put her on the train there and then…I caught her hand and held it… ‘I have to go to Delhi,’ I said…she nodded, ‘I do not have to go anywhere.’…the guard blew his whistle…and how I hated the guard for doing that…”

Beautifully poignant, marvellously written, touches the very fragile chords of your heart, isn’t it?

I will not tell you the rest of this story, but I can assure you, that if you are a lover at heart, you will be touched with compassion for the protagonist and as the story elevates you to the romantic mood you will relate your very own tale of unrequited love.

Though The Night Train at Deoli is my all time favourite, I like many stories in this anthology, especially, The Woman on Platform 8, His Neighbour’s Wife and Death of a Familiar.

If you are a lover of the fiction short story I am sure you have this delightful book; if you don’t, do get a copy for your bookcase to delve into whenever you are in a blue mood nostalgically yearning for your unrequited love.

Tell me, Dear Reader, which is your favourite love story…






  1. 1
    mrigank Says:

    was pleasantly surprised to find someone else who considers a Ruskin Bond work as his favourite short story. i loved all the stories in the anthology too, but my favourite is ‘The Prospect of Flowers’. remember Miss McKenzie? that, and ‘Will Astley Return?’
    i feel a little strange posting this link as part of my comment but i think you will enjoy my post on Ruskin Bond and why I love him.

  2. 2

    yes, mrigank, i will ceratinly read your post

  3. 3

    Dear MR.Vikram,i m story and poetry lover. i want a story THE NIGHT TRAIN AT DEOLI by RUSKIN BOND through online.Please if you have this story please email me.or u can give me ling of this story.please i will very gr8full to u.

  4. 4
    varsha Says:

    hi i know this story when i was 11th std that time i was readied this story i like this silent love story
    I want to read this story onces again can u tell me how i read this story story online plz Reply in my Email

  5. 5
    varsha Says:

    either u Email me this Story or give me a link how to read this story on Internet plz
    Have Nice daY

  6. 6

    You can buy the book anywhere

  7. 7

    please will someone get me its summary?????

  8. 8
    asif lukman tole Says:

    my favourite love story is’the night train at deoli’.I have read this story many times.It’s a heart touching love story and i loves this story because it resembels my love story.what makes it more beautiful is its wordings and a great work by Ruskin Bond,he is truly a master of all time.

  9. go to wikipedia and check its synopsis
    ………. Anyways….. its one of my fab stories………….. truly speaking it was just an infatuation ! dammit ! 😐

    • 10

      DC – Thanks for your comment. Yes, it was an infatuation, but that is the beginning of love

      • 11
        shruti Says:

        hardly love…
        he just THOUGHT he was in love
        it was just mere fancy and nothing else…
        love and infatuation are two much more intense words for a loser like him
        if he really loved her, he would have got off the train and searched for her,
        it was a small town and he would surely find her if he looked..
        “i decided that one day i would break my journey there…”
        one day?? seriously?? and he calls himself a lover!!!!

  10. 12

    i love ruskin bond’s books they always fascinate me espicially the rusty series
    but after reading your review on night train at deoli i think i should buy it

  11. 13
    Jishma K M Says:

    i was trying to read this story for a long. and now this is also one of my fav’s

  12. 14
    Awadhesh sharma Says:

    Night train at deoli is a heart touching stori manifests the ‘conflict between infatuation and responsibility’!

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