The Indian author of British descent, Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli in 1934. Bond marks his 70 years of writing by releasing his book, ‘A Song of India’ on 20th july. This book is the fourth part of his memoir series, the preceding are ‘Looking for the Rainbow’, ‘Till the Clouds Roll By’ and ‘Coming Round the Mountain’.
A Song of India, describes his journey of becoming a writer. In this book he is shedding light on his lesser known life before becoming a celebrated author.
The seven decades of writing
One of the most beloved writer of the country, Ruskin Bond wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen. For this very first novel he won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957.
Since then he has written many exceptional classics, over 500 short stories and various essays and poems. For his immense contribution in English writing he received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1992. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2014.
The Himalayan Impact
The literacy legend has lived in various cities of the world, yet he finds the foothills of Himalaya the closest of his heart. He says that, ‘In these seven decades, I have written hundreds of stories for children and just as many for adults too and I am still continuing to do so. I am very fortunate to have lived in a beautiful part of the country, in the Mountains’. The bonding of Ruskin Bond with Mountains is quite significant in his writings.
In these seventy years, Bond experimented with almost every genre of writing. His works include fiction, non-fiction, short stories, novels, romance and autobiographies. Some of his significant writings are, With Love From The Hills, The Room on the Roof, Rusty Runs Away, A Flight of Pigeons, The Blue Umbrella, A Tiger in the House, A Town called Dehra and many more.