He is of the British descent! But his style and life is so Indian. He is one of the most of the revered writers of India who has taught the generation not only to think in a different light but also love a style which is very much lively in nature. Yes, we are talking about none other than one of the maestros of Indian pages, Ruskin Bond. On his 82 nd birthday, Kolkata 24×7 pays a small tribute to Ruskin Bond.
Ruskin Bond has wrote as many as 23 novels and as many as 42 collections or anthologies which include only some of his famous works. His knack for writing comes from a very early age of 16. His first novel was UNTOUCHABLE.
Staying in Mussoorie, Bond’s writings give a vivid description of the landscape of the hillside. When he was in London, he began work on his first ever novel called the ‘The Room on the Roof’, the semi-autobiographical story of the orphaned Anglo-Indian boy Rusty. It won the 1957 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, awarded to a British Commonwealth writer under 30.
Bond’s novels were even adopted in many Bollywood films. His novel titled ‘A Flight Of Pigeons’ was made into a Hindi film called ‘Junoon’ by Shyam Benegal. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ was based on his work titled ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’. He made his acting debut in the film. Pankaj Kapur starrer ‘The Blue Umbrella’ was also made adopted from Bond’s book by the same name.
The famous writer was awarded PadmaShri in 1999 and got the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992 for ‘Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra’. He was the doyen of Indian English children literature.