15 interesting facts you should definitely know about Ruskin Bond

  2017-07-14 23:54:11   Anukanksha

The hero of children’s dream, is known especially for his works of children's literature. Often refereed as “Indian William Wordsworth”, Ruskin Bond authored over 500 short stories, essays, poems and novels, which inspired many budding writers over a few decades. The vivid adventures created by Ruskin Bond using his words have made children develop reading habit and widen their horizon of imagination. He has often revealed that his lonely childhood has a lot to do with this theme and two volumes of autobiography, 'Scenes from a Writer's Life' and 'The Lamp is Lit' have evident instances. 

Here are 15 interesting facts you should definitely know about everyone’s favourite childhood writer, Ruskin Bond:

1)  Born to Edith Clerke and Aubrey Bond in kasauli, British India on 19th may 1934, Ruskin Bond saw his parents getting divorced when he was only four years old. His mother then married an Indian.

2) Ruskin Bond's father was with the Royal Air Force from 1939 until 1944, when he died of malaria.

3) That’s when Ruskin went to live with his grandmother in Dehradun, India. For the rest of his childhood, he was raised by his mother and stepfather.

4) He wanted to be a tap dancer when he was young.

5) But in 1950, when he graduated from school, he had won several writing competitions including prestigious the Irwin Divinity Prize and the Hailey Literature Prize, he decided to be a writer. He wrote one of his popular short stories “untouchable” at the age of sixteen.

6) As a child, his favourite book was 'Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales', which was also the first book he read in his childhood.

7) After completing his schooling, he went to live with his Aunt in Channel Islands, U.K., where he stayed for two years looking for better prospective. 

8) Ruskin Bond wrote his first novel “The room on the Roof” was a semi-autobiographical story of the orphaned Anglo-Indian boy named Rusty. He moved to London and started working in a photo Studio while struggling to find a publisher.

9) At the age of 21 years, when he finally got his book published, he used the advance money to pay for the sea passage to Bombay and to settle in Dehradun.

10) “A flight of pigeons” by Ruskin Bond, about an episode during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, was the first of his book to be adopted into a Bollywood film “Junoon”, in 1978.

11) Followed by “The Blue Umbrella” in 2005, based on his popular novel for children by the same name. The movie also won the National Award for Best Children's film.

12) The latest “7 Khoon maaf” in 2011, based on his short story Susanna's seven husbands, gathered many applauses. Ruskin bond even made his maiden cameo as a Bishop in the movie with Priyanka Chopra. 

13) The first Award that he won for his writing was the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957, an award to a British Commonwealth writer under 30. Followed by The Sahitya Akademi Award is a literary honour in India in 1992.

14) Ruskin Bond is also Padma Shri (1999) And Padma Bhushan(2014) Awardees.

15) Ruskin Bond lives in Landour, Mussoorie’s Ivy Cottage, with his adoptive family, since 1980. And one can easy spot him in local bookstores and libraries or even walking on the road.