An Introduction to Ruskin Bond :my favourite author

Ruskin Bond (born 19 May 1934) is an Indian author of British descent. He was born in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) and has lived in Landour since the 1960s, having previously also lived, as a child and young man, in Shimla, Jamnagar, Mussoorie, Dehradun, and London. Most of his writings show a strong influence from the social life in the hill stations at foothills of the Himalayas, where he spent his childhood.His writings reflect a genuine simplicity devoid of all elderly prejudices which can crop up as humans grow in their native surroundings.It will not be difficult to really classify him as a saint among writers.Through his writings Ruskin cleaverly opens his readers eyes to a more mature and a moralistic perspective of the world.It was said of Coleridge that he demystified and made simple and understandable the use of blank verse in poetry. Ruskin Bond truly epitomises the message set forth by the poet wordsworth in his preface to the lyrical ballads.His writings are poetic,yet simple,easily coprehensible and flow like a silvery stream over the vast expense of the desert like literature that seems to have grown all around us.   He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children’s authors. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children’s literature. Ruskin Bond was born  towards the endof the British Raj. a somewhat lonely childhood, marked by his parents’ divorce and his mother’s remarriage. His father had died in 1944 during World War II, when Ruskin was 10, and he was raised by his mother, step-father (an Indian businessman) and other relatives. For a while, he attended Hampton Court School. He completed his schooling at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, Given his childhood in various hill stations, most of his writings revolve around the foothills of the Himalayas, especially the greater Doon Valley, including Landour, Mussoorie, Dehradun and points nearby in southwestern Uttarakhand. As a young man, he spent four years in the Channel Islands and London. He has lived in Mussoorie-Landour since 1962. Among blood relatives, Bond has two sisters, one living in England and one in India (the latter with her step-father’s daughter by his first marriage). His brother first left India for England, then England for Canada, where he has resided since 1967. He also has two half-brothers from his mother’s remarriage after his father’s death.

Today,Ruskin is more Indian that most of us in his gentle understanding of Indian realities in all bits and pieces and grasping of the myrid beauty which engulfs the country.It is a blessing that he writes in English,a beautiful language which has sucessfully survived Indian environment for more than 350 years and which helped us a lot in acheving our struggle for independence. One must never forget that many of our noble patriots including Gandhi,Nehru, Subhas Bose, Bhagat Singh  and Tilak did have a beautiful expression in english and it was through English language that their vopice was heard across the seven continents. Again this voice did revrberate across the atlantic and helped us gain the friendship and admiration of America ,which preasurised the British to grant us our freedom.

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17 responses to “An Introduction to Ruskin Bond :my favourite author

  1. Very well written. very good vocabulary used. I also wish that Ican write essays like you do.

  2. very good person…………………………………………..

    and has good knowledge

    by,
    altaf ali

  3. Anmol Tyagi

    he is my favourite author

  4. priyadarshini dey

    very good!!!!!!!!! though this is a small description, I enjoyed it thoroughly!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

  5. Soumyadeep Nandi

    I liked the description.I can use it for my project.

  6. Rajat

    very good…..
    about Ruskin bond….
    my favourite author also….
    and i am searching for his books…..

  7. farzana biju

    even its small description ,there is a lot of knowledge.

  8. Thanks Rohit ji for your brief but good essay.
    I love Ruskin Bond and feel that he must be considered among the more serious writers in India today. Like R.K. Narayan, another of my favourite writers, he has had a long and energetic involvement with literature, which is not what we can say about other writers today, who write a couple of works and then disappear. Literature needs stamina and Bond ji has demonstrated it over decades sustaining readers interest at every turn.

    • Thanks Ramachandran…you are very right…perhaps he is one of the few authors today,who still writes by the hand…very original…unlike the copy paste culture of net savvy authors currently in news. He showed me his hand-written notes,the last time I visited him…:)

  9. SHAMIM AKHTAR, RESEARCH SCHOLAR, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI

    IT IS A VERY DESCRIPTIVE ONE THOUGH I NEED MORE OF IT AS I WISH TO DO A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON CHILDREN LITERATURE IF POSSIBLE ANY EXPERT OF BOND CAN GUIDE ME TO HIS PRECIOUS COMPRISING ON THE SUBJECT
    WITH REGARDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  10. Rohit Kumar

    I think that Ruskin Bond is one of the best author in my and my other friends sight. Thank’s Rohit ji that because of you i am known as the most talented boy in my class as my name is also Rohit. I will be very thankful to you.

  11. Pritam mondal

    I love ruskin bond’s story

  12. Riya Bhatnagar

    Ruskin Bond is my favourite author .
    I just love his stories, movies, poems etc .

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