Celebrating 75 years of Bond

Happy Birthday: Author Ruskin Bond.

Happy Birthday: Author Ruskin Bond.  

Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: Seasoned writer Ruskin Bond, whose writings represent simplicity, humour and delight in the small pleasures of life, turned 75 on Tuesday. To celebrate the occasion, Penguin Books India plans to commemorate the writings of one of India’s best-loved writers in its own special way.

Ruskin Bond’s new book, “Notes from a Small Room”, is slated for release come July and Penguin is also re-publishing a major part of its Ruskin Bond series with stunning new jackets. Penguin Books has published as many as 32 of his wonderful books over the years, including 13 that have been published by its children’s imprint, Puffin. Born in 1934 in Kasauli, Ruskin Bond spent his childhood in Shimla, Jamnagar, Dehra Dun and Mussoorie -- all of which feature in his stories for children. His first novel, “The Room on the Roof”, was published in 1955 when he was just 21 and living in London. It won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and has become a classic. The book introduced the character of Rusty, closely modelled on the writer himself, who went on to feature in a series of popular stories for children published by Puffin. Since the 1960s, Ruskin Bond has lived in the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie. No wonder most of his books are set in the foothills of the Himalayas and explore the lives of the people of Mussoorie and Dehra Dun and evoke the feel of the hills in his inimitable way.

Among Ruskin Bond’s most famous books are “Vagrants in the Valley” ; “A Flight of Pigeons” (filmed as Junoon starring Shashi Kapoor); the short story collections “Time Stops at Shamli”, “Night Train at Deoli”, “Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra” and “When Darkness Falls”; and the ghost story collections. The show goes on….

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