10 Reasons Why Ruskin Bond Is A Star

Posted: May 19, 2022 in Art, Children, Environment, Inspiring stories, Short Story
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Ruskin Bond. (Photo: From DNA)

I must admit I entered the world of Ruskin Bond rather late. I was well into my 30s when I first picked up a book by him and it was The Blue Umbrella. Since then I have gifted this book to at least a dozen people. After my first introduction to his writing I have devoured Bond’s works but there is no harm in admitting that only a few days back I finally got around to reading Bond’s debut novel The Room on the Roof.

The novel was written when he was 17 and was finally published when he was 21, because it took him that long to find a publisher. The semi-autobiographical novel is refreshingly simple, there are times you feel that it comes from the pen of a young man but the maturity with which he handles the storyline tells you that this young man was heading for big things right then.

Since his debut, Bond has written innumerable novels, ghost stories, short stories and children’s books and as he turns 88 today, on May 19, 2022, the best thing is he is still writing with gusto.

Here are 10 reasons why Ruskin Bond is one of the most read and loved authors of our times.

  1. His writing is simple but the moment you start reading you are sucked into the story and there is no escape till you read the last line.
  2. Bond writes about nature. He describes trees, takes you to the hills, takes you on a walk down winding roads, through quaint towns, through flower beds and water tanks, in a way that no programme on Discovery can do.
  3. What he writes comes directly from his heart and pierces yours as you move from one page to another, basking in a warm feeling.
  4. His keen observation of the people of the hills and the innocence and beauty of a child’s heart comes out again and again in his writing. My favourite character is Binya in The Blue Umbrella.
  5. Bond is living every author’s dream. He writes full-time and lives near nature in a simple house named Ivy Cottage in Landour, Mussoorie.   
  6. It’s not uncommon to spot fans standing next to the lamp post opposite his house just to catch a glimpse of him. Some even turn up unannounced to see their favourite author. Very few authors in India have this kind of popularity.
  7. Ruskin Bond is a delight at Lit fests and events. His star pull is such that people in the age range of 9-90 turn up to hear their favourite author speak or take his autograph. He continues to fascinate readers across generations.  
  8. Although he still answers a landline at home, he is a regular on Insta, has 129k followers and keeps them engaged in his inimitable style.
  9. He’s had a flourishing writing career for 67 years and is still going strong. (Whew!)
  10. His consistency is something that makes him who he is. He used the lockdowns to pen 10000 words.

And no he didn’t let the squirrels or the parrots, visiting his window, meddle with his concentration. He fed his furry friend nuts and went back to writing.  

Bond is living every author’s dream. He writes full-time and lives near nature in a simple house named Ivy Cottage in Landour, Mussoorie.

Comments
  1. Agree with you 100% dear Amrita Di

  2. Sourav Mukherjee says:

    Bunty,

    Your lucidity while interpreting a great personality on a special day has just been a matter to admire. Only an incredible woman 👩can spare a thought in a manner like that of yours and I could traverse a bit through R B though till 47 I never had the opportunity to go through a bit of his creation. But you second u I had been at Dehradun for some official commitment early this year and had gone all the wY to have a glimpse of the great but to vain….

    Keep going as you are always remembered by few like me….

    Sourav

  3. Meetu Mishra says:

    Dear Amrita,
    You have so beautifully penned each and every word about dear Ruskin Sir, that,our feelings for him, reverberate with every single word of yours.Stay blessed always.

    Regards,
    Meetu

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