Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is a celebrated Indian author known for his captivating writing style that has won the hearts of millions of readers across the world. Born on May 19, 1934, in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India, Bond’s childhood was spent amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, which later became the inspiration for much of his writing.

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Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is a celebrated Indian author known for his captivating writing style that has won the hearts of millions of readers across the world. Born on May 19, 1934, in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India, Bond’s childhood was spent amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, which later became the inspiration for much of his writing

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Early Life

Born on 19th May 1934, in the picturesque town of Kasauli in British India, Ruskin Bond grew up among the royal luxuries of Jamnagar palace, where his father tutored the princesses. At the tender age of six, the winds of change blew in Bond’s life as his father joined the Royal Air Force, and they moved to Dehradun. Bond’s childhood witnessed a tumultuous turn of events – separation of his parents, his mother’s remarriage, and his father’s untimely demise during the war. He found solace in the boarding school in Mussoorie, where he nurtured his budding talent for writing.

Personal Life

Ruskin Bond, now a long-term resident of Landour, Mussoorie, lives with his adopted family. He revels in the joy of writing and considers it his greatest achievement to have continued this passion for over six decades. Despite having family scattered across Ludhiana and Canada, Bond’s love for his hills remains unscathed. His personal life has been a rich source of inspiration for his stories, most of which reflect his experiences growing up as an Anglo-Indian in the changing socio-cultural milieu of India.

Professional Life

Bond’s illustrious career took flight when he won several writing competitions at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla. His debut novel, “The Room on the Roof,” written at the young age of 17, set the stage for a successful writing career. Having donned various roles – from freelancing in Delhi and Dehradun to editing a magazine – Bond honed his craft with every opportunity. His repertoire boasts of over 500 short stories, essays, novels, and a staggering 69 books for children. His writings, covering a wide spectrum of genres, reflect his diverse experiences and keen observations of life in the Himalayan foothills.

Awards and Recognitions

Bond’s literary prowess has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards. His debut novel bagged the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957. He was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for “Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra.” His contribution to Indian literature was further recognized with the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Age

As of the 19th of May, 2023, Ruskin Bond is 89 years old, continuing to inspire with his passion for writing and his indomitable spirit.

Parents’ Name and Family

Bond’s father, who taught English to royal princesses and was a serviceman in the Royal Air Force, had a profound influence on his early life. After his parents’ separation, his mother remarried Hari, a Punjabi Hindu. Bond also has a sister named Ellen, who lived in Ludhiana until her demise in 2014, and a brother named William, who resides in Canada.

Net Worth

While Bond’s exact net worth remains unknown, his substantial literary contributions over the years, including books, stories, essays, and novels, suggest a successful professional standing.

Ruskin Bond’s journey is a testament to his resilience, creativity, and unending love for the written word. His life and works continue to inspire readers, young and old alike, making him a cherished figure in Indian literature.

Books

Book Title Description
The Blue Umbrella A captivating story about a little girl who trades her lucky jewelry for a beautiful blue umbrella.
Room on the Roof Follow the journey of Rusty, a seventeen-year-old orphan, as he finds friendship and a place to live.
Delhi Is Not Far Explore the lives of ordinary yet unlucky characters in the dull town of Pipalnagar.
Rusty, the Boy from the Hills Join Rusty as he experiences remarkable events during his childhood in pre-Independence Dehradun.
The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories Discover a collection of touching short stories set in Dehradun and Mussoorie.
Vagrants in the Valley Embark on a journey of personal growth and friendship with Rusty in the Himalayan highlands.
A Book of Simple Living Ruskin Bond’s personal diary capturing beautiful moments and the beauty of nature.
Funny Side Up A charming read for all ages, filled with interesting characters and countryside magic.
Angry River Experience Sita’s struggle to survive alone on an island as the angry river threatens to drown it.
A Season Of Ghosts Get ready for spooky goosebumps with this collection of ghost stories set in the Himalayan mountains.
A Flight of Pigeons Follow Ruth’s journey during the 1857 Indian Rebellion, filled with refuge-seeking and kidnapping.
Lone Fox Dancing Ruskin Bond’s autobiography that uncovers his origins and life experiences from childhood to adulthood.
Falling in Love Again Dive into a collection of passionate and warm love stories, capturing various phases of romance.
Death Under the Deodars Explore bizarre cases and mysteries set in the Mussoorie of a bygone era.
Dust On The Mountain Join a young boy’s journey from the hills to the city, exploring fascinating characters and nature.
The Sensualist Engage in an erotic and introspective tale of self-destruction and the power of desire.
Tigers for Dinner Listen to captivating stories told by a cook to Ruskin Bond, including encounters with wild animals.
The Perfect Murder Unravel the story of two brothers plotting to inherit a property through a perfect murder.
All Roads Lead to Ganga Experience Ruskin Bond’s nostalgia and love for the Himalayas through vivid travel memoirs.
Tales and Legends from India Delve into a collection of Indian tales and legends divided into three sections for young readers.
The Hidden Pool Join three friends on a risky and adventurous journey to the Pindari Glacier.

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