Ruskin Bond is truly called as Indian William Wordsworth because his writing does create a magic. This much loved author turns 83 today and we wish him a very happy birthday.
Read few interesting facts about him below.
Ruskin Bond was born to Edith Clerke and Aubrey Bond. Bond saw his parents getting divorced when he was only four years old. His mother then married an Indian.
Bond spent his early childhood in Vijayanagar (Gujarat), Jamnagar and Shimla with his mother and stepfather.
He wanted to be a tap dancer when he was young.
He wrote his first short story, ‘Untouchable’, at the age of sixteen in 1950.
In London he started writing his first novel, 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.
He is very quite by nature and stays away from the attention of media.
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.
His first novel, The Room On the Roof , was written when he was 17 and published when he was 21. It was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in his small rented room on the roof, and his friends.
He has also revealed that he is very lazy and gets grumpy when it rains.
He has written over 300 short stories, essays and novels.
In 2007, the Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj made a film based on his popular novel for children, The Blue Umbrella . The movie won the National Award for Best Children’s film.