To the quiet genius

Ruskin bond has finally won his much deserved and much delayed Padma Bhushan. This third highest honor in the country was long awaited in the armor of Bond, the most prominent and influential face of children's literature in India and my favorite author of all times. Already awarded the Padma Shri in 1999, Ruskin himself, though, must be surely unperturbed by any of these sentiments shared by all his fans. Well known to be media shy and deeply humble, Ruskin is simple and unassuming, and far removed from any of this trumpet blast.

Being a self confessed Ruskin Bond fan for almost all my life, I have decided to commemorate this beautiful moment in my beloved favorite author’s life by listing down 10 facts about him. So, here they are:
  1. Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, in 1934, in a military hospital, to Edith Clerke and Aubrey Bond
  2. Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun and Shimla
  3. He completed his schooling at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, from where he graduated in 1952
  4. His first novel, "The Room on The Roof", written at the age of 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. He started writing this novel during his brief stint in England
  5. Ruskin Bond has an interest in the paranormal, which led him to write popular titles such as Ghost Stories from the Raj, A Season of Ghosts, and A Face in the Dark and other Hauntings.
  6. He now lives with his adopted family in Landour, near Mussoorie, Mussoorie’s well-known Ivy Cottage where he confessed to be inspired everyday towards writing more beautiful stories.
  7. The Hindi film Junoon is based on Bond's historical novella A Flight of Pigeons (about an episode during the Indian Rebellion of 1857). It was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal. Ruskin Bond made his maiden big screen appearance with a cameo in Vishal Bhardwaj's film 7 Khoon Maaf, based on his short story Susanna's Seven Husbands.
  8. Many of his short stories have been incorporated in school curricula. This includes stories such as The Night Train at Deoli, 'Time Stops at Shamli' and 'Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra'.
  9. In 1987, the Indian Council for Child Education recognized Ruskin Bond's pioneering role in the growth of children's literature in India, and awarded him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra.
  10. Bond, trying to avoid the controversy and confusion around the label of "Anglo-Indian," prefers instead to call himself simply "Indian,". His "Indian-ness" is obvious, especially seeing how his stories are steeped in the culture, religion, and indeed, the very soil of India.

Here’s wishing this literary genius gifted with immense talent and yet inspiring humility, many more years or brilliant literature ahead. May we have many more of Ruskin’s breed in the world! 

And, for all of you reading this post, now waiting to get your hands on one of the master's books? Well, you can buy Rusty's books here and here.


Please allow me conclude this post for you in Ruskin’s own spectacularly lovely words,

Dear reader, 
May you have the wisdom to be simple, and the humour to be happy.!

(Image courtesy: and, Information courtesy: Various author / publisher sites and wikipedia ) 


Anita said…
Lovely Canary. I love Ruskin Bond too. Wonderful that he finally received the top honour. He is much deserving. Great that you have shared this :)
Namrata said…
Bond...he is Mr.Bond of literature world...his writing as simple as him and as insightful as literature itself.
Arpita Tiwary said…
I love Ruskin Bond too!! Just amazingly talented ^_^
Canary said…
Thanks Anita, Arpita and Namrata for your love towards my blog and towards Mr. Bond, who deserves a lot more laurels and appreciation!
Radhika chawla said…
Ohh wow!! Very well written! Bond has always been amazing!:)
Informative post about Ruskin Bond. Well written :)
Red Handed said…
ah we all love him. NO DOUBTS!
He deserved this!
Canary said…
Radhika, Uma and RH: Yes, he is amazing, wonderful, all superlative adjective seem incapable of describing him :)
Thanks for sharing your passion about this wonderful author !
Jemina said…
Ruskin bond is my all time favt. He is so versatile in his writing that only a few have achieved that level of narrating. He so deserved this award..:)
Nice post..:)
Thanks for bringing those facts to our knowledge..:)
Indrani said…
I had been a big fan of him and so are my daughters!
So glad about this recognition for him.
Looking for your caption at my frozen moments).
Radhika chawla said…
YES! one can't describe him in words! :)
Thankyou :)
Ritesh Agarwal said…
Sweet Post...I'm in the midst of reading Rusty, as his readers love to call him.....
Canary said…
@Ramakrishnan Ramanathan, Jemina, Indrani, Radhika and Ritesh: It makes me very happy to see people talking about this lovely author and fabulous human being! May their tribe grow :)

(Radhika, will do, surely!)
TTS said…
Lovely post, an ode to an amazing writer!
Akanksha Jain said…
Ruskin Bond is one gem of an author. He has great intellectual power and writing skills. A salute to the Great Personality.
Afshan Shaik said…
He is my heart fav !
glad to see that he won.. .what a nice ode to him
Canary said…
Thanks TTS, Akaksha and Afshan for dropping by and sharing your love for me favorite author! More power to him! :)

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