The name is Bond, Ruskin Bond. One of India's most beloved writers Ruskin Bond turned 81 on Tuesday. A veteran of more than 100 novels, Bond is perhaps the author who have had most lasting impact on our minds and brought most smiles to our lips. As Ruskin himself writes: 'And these are my parting words to you, dear Reader: May you have the wisdom to be simple, and the humour to be happy.'
He began writing as a kid and got published as a teenager. Bond has won multiple awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
Bond was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh in 1934. He grew up in Jamnagar (Gujrat), Dehradun, and Shimla. He has written over a hundred short stories, essays, novels, and more than thirty books of children. Three collections of short stories, The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops At Shamli, and Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra have been published by Penguin India. He has also edited two anthologies, The Penguin Book Of Indian Ghost Stories, and The Penguin Book Of Indian Railway Stories.
The Room On The Roof was his first novel, written when he was seventeen and it recieved the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial prize in 1957. Vagrants In The Valley was also written in his teens and picked up from where The Room On TheRoof leaves off. These two novellas were published in one volume by Penguin India in 1993 as was a much-acclaimed collection of his non-fiction writing, Rain In The Mountain, Delhi Is Not Far : The Best Of Ruskin Bond was published by Penguin India the following year.
Rushkin Bond recieved the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India for 1992, for Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra.