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The Literary Bond- Ruskin Bond

Being an Indian, our conversation on books and writings will be incomplete without the mention of Ruskin Bond – Indian Williams Wordsworth.

Ruskin Bond’s writing journey spreads over 7 decades but the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardee had his own challenges at being a writer. He now has to his credit over 500 short stories, essays and novels and more than 50 children’s books and two volumes of his autobiography. So lets go back in time and see how it all started. 

Ruskin Bond was born to Edith Clerke and Aubrey Bond in Kasuli (Himachal Pradesh) in 1934. It’s when he was 4 years old; his parents divorced and later on his mother married an India. He was very close to his father and at the age of 8, he ran away from his boarding school to Delhi to be with his father and his time spent there was filled with books, visits to cinemas and walks with his father which soon turned tragic after the demise of his father in 1944. Ruskin moved to live with his grandmother in Dehradun. He has spent his growing up days in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla.

Ruskin Bond did most of his schooling in Shimla at Bishop Cotton School. In 1951, after his boards exams, Bond wanted to write stories but no one else shared his vision and when he told his mother about his plans of becoming a writer, his mother laughed saying with his good handwriting, he could only be a clerk in a lawyer’s office. His mother wanted him to join the Army and his school headmaster wished for him to be a Teacher but both these ideas terrified Bond. 

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When Ruskin wanted books, he could not afford them much but there was a leading library from where he could borrow as many books as he liked for 2 Rupess and that’s when he got to read some wonderful books and great titles. While he would get money from his step-father, Bond wanted to have his own way with making money. So he started writing stories and skits using his step-father’s old type writer and send it to all magazines and newspapers in India. Finally, “My Magazine of India” from Madras sent him a money order of 5 rupees for one of his work and then there was no stopping Ruskin Bond. He bombarded them with everything that he wrote and the money orders kept coming in too. 

His first novel “Room on the Roof”, a story of an Anglo Indian boy Rusty was written when Ruskin Bond was just 17 years old and published when he was 21 and it received the John Llewellyn and Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. 

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Children have been the main theme of most of his books as Ruskin likes to write about his lonely childhood in his books. He also likes to be surrounded by children and belives one can’t be a good writer if you are not interested in people. 

Ruskin Bond thinks that the only thing that has changed in so many years of his writing is that he has become more philosophical because as older you get, your views about life change. When he was in his 20’s he wrote more of love stories and as he grew, his writing changed to more of humorous as he found life to be very funny. 

Bond’s work has also been made in to movies as the 1978 movie Junoon was based on his book “A Filght of Pegions” produced by Sashi Kapoor and Directed by Shyam Benegal. This book “The Blue Umbrella” was made into a movie in 2005 by Vishal Bharadwaj who also made the movie 7 Khoon Maaf with Priyanka Chopra based on Ruskin’s book “Susanna’s Seven Husbands“. Some of Rusty’s stories have also been shown on Doordarshan as Ek the Rusty. “The Night Train at Deoli”, “Time Stops at Shamli” and “Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra” have been incorporated into the school curriculum.

Ruskin now lives in Landour, Missourie whith his extended family and likes to stay low proile and away from the lights of media. India’s beloved author is still full of vigour at the age of 86 as he continues to write and tell stories. 

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If life permits and dreams do come to reality, I wish to meet Ruskin Bond in person, talk to him and know him as an author and as a person. I would for sure love to have my kids meet him aswell as my daughter is alredy reading his books and it would for sure be a historical event in our life to meet a legend like Bond. 

Source: Articles from Times of India and Wikipedia.

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By mummatalks

Mom of two brats, use to work as an analyst now a SAHM. Love books.

32 replies on “The Literary Bond- Ruskin Bond”

Ruskin Bond is one author loved by many and my daughter is his fan too. The first book she owns is The Blue Umbrella and instantly fell in love with his writing. Loved to know about his childhood and how his love for books took him on his journey as an author. Will share this story with my girl.

We missed meeting him by few minutes when we went to Mussoorie some 2 years back. He visits a particular library there once a week.

Ruskin bond, one of my favourite authors from childhood 😊 and books by Ruskin Bond is a treat for children. Thanks to him for making our childhood so much better, bringing forth happiness and stories to remember and cherish forever. I will definitely share this story with kids

wow, this is quite an interesting read. Ruskin Bond lived in India for so many years??? my daughter reads his books but I haven’t yet. I used to read enid Blyton when I was her age. will surely read one of his books.

I knew about this author but i never took interest in his writings. After reading this i think i am gonna start reading his books.

First things first. I have never read any of his work before. But I have seen the movie adaptation of one of his books. I agree with Ruskin that you cannot be a good writer if you are not interested in people. How profound is that!

Ruskin bond is an author when there was no much publicity and exposure. A author of pen and paper. I heard somewhere him saying he is more comfortable in pen and paper rather than computers. I adore him as a writer and you have mentioned quite a detailed post on it.

Feeling so nostalgic after reading this post. I remember about how when I was in middle school, during library period, I picked up The Adventures of Rusty and was absolutely hooked by it. I couldn’t stop devouring books after that particular one. Would love to meet him in person.

[…] My list can’t be complete without the mention of Ruskin Bond. Now you think her writes more of kid’s books but no. He has written some wonderful books like “Maharani” and I loved it. His other book, “World from my window: A journal” is a small book about what he sees from his window. The book not only tells you RB’s story but has also given you pages to write your journal in it. I have also written a small Introduction to the Literary Bond which you can read here. […]

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