Ruskin Bond along with his book "All Time Favourites"
Image Source - The Times Of India
We all know about this talented writer Ruskin Bond. His all short stories are marvelous, till date every child likes to read his books. Ruskin Bond was born in 1934, in Kasauli (now in Himachal Pradesh). He grew up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun, New Delhi, and Simla (now Shimla). This man curates a mixed bag of 25 of his most cherished stories in a new book, “All-Time Favourites for Children” (Puffin), for his 87th birthday. This new book is going to evoke a range of emotions among all the readers with excellent and quirky artwork. This collection is going to bring some of the evocative episodes from Bond’s life including iconic Rusty, eccentric Uncle Ken, the ubiquitous grandmother, and many other charming characters. This collection is going to get the label “must-have on every bookshelf!” because it is heart-warming, funny, and spirited. The book, in fact, is the perfect complement to “A Song of India” which was released last July to make a mark for the beginning of Bond’s 70-year writing career. In this book, he takes all the readers back to 1951. His last year in Dehradun before he set sail for England and which later became the basis for his first novel, “The Room on the Roof”. Bond said, “A Song of India marks 70 years of my long writing career which began when I was sixteen. 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. I am blessed to have received inspiration from the natural world around me, from children and animals, and all of this is reflected in my works.” Mihir Joglekar has beautifully illustrated the book by saying, “Evocative, full of anecdotes, inspiration, warmth, and gentle wit, poignant yet brimming with hope and nostalgia. “A Song of India” is Part 4 of his magnificent memoirs and is bound to be one of his most enduring works for young readers in the years to come" He had also said all the Ruskin Bond fans must have this book in their collection. He wrote one of his books at 17, which is popularly known as “The Room on the Roof.” He received John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since that time he has written over 500 short stories, essays, and novellas, and over 40 books for children. He has received a lot of awards in his lifetime. Including the Sahitya Akademi Award which he received for English writing in India in 1993. He received The Padma Shri in 1999 and the Delhi government’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He at present living in Landour, Mussoorie, with his extended family.