Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh , on 19th May, 1934, and grew up in Shimla, Jamnagar, Dehradun and Mussoorie. As a young man, he spent four years in the Channel Island and London. He now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.
In the course of a writing career spanning thirty five years, he has written over a hundred short stories, essays, novels and more than thirty books for children. Three collections of short stories, The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra have been published by Penguin India. He has also edited two anthologies, The Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories and The Penguin Book of Indian Railway Stories. Bonds writing is greatly influenced by the hills, and the valley of Dehra Dun, where he spent his childhood.
Ruskin Bond?s first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Vagrants in the Valley was also written in his teens and picks up from where The Room leaves off. These two novellas were published in one volume in 1993. His non-fiction writing, Rain in the Mountains was also much acclaimed. Since then he has written several novellas (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children?s books.
Ruskin Bond has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His novel, The Flight of Pigeons was adapted into a movie, Junoon.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra and the Padma Shri in 1999 for children?s literature.
Ruskin Bond's characters-who live for the most part in the country's small towns and villages-are not the sort who make the headlines but are, nonetheless, remarkable for their quiet heroism, their grace under pressure and the manner in which they continue to cleave to the old values: honesty, fidelity, a deep-rooted faith in God, family and their neighbour. They do have problems, of course-the sudden death of a loved parent, unfulfilled dreams, natural calamities, ghostly visitations, a respected teacher gone crooked, strangers who make a nuisance of themselves in a town marooned in time-but these are solved with a minimum of fuss and tremendous dignity. Taken together these stories are a magnificent evocation of real India by one of the country's foremost writers.
The Rupa Book Of Travellers' Tales by Ruskin Bond Fascinating and true stories of travelers who were caught up in unexpected events or tricky situation:a South American revolution,a plane crash in the desert, a cannibal conclave, a journey with a mad prospector, an encounter with pirates.Journey into the unknown, which often result in a struggle for survival.....Read More...Hide Pages: 199
The Rupa Book of Ruskin Bond's Himalayan Tales by Ruskin Bond The theme of this collection is of course the hills. Whether it is nature,people,places or even animals.Ruskin Bond is keenly observant of all forms of life and activity in the hills.Delightful reading,especially with the Haikus and poems that are interspersed with the stories. An entertaining blend of fiction and non-fiction.Read More...Hide Pages: 135
The Rupa Book of Love Stories by Ruskin Bond In this new Rupa anthology,Ruskin Bond has brought together some wonderfully moving love stories written by master storytellers.The stories capture every mood,every nuance of the word love which, as many say makes the world go round.
This collection of magical tales of love and passion also includes stories written by Ruskin Bond himself.Read More...Hide Pages: 210
The Rupa Book of Indian Love Stories by Ruskin Bond The Rupa Book of Indian Love Stories presents immortal love legends and ballads hailing primarily from the Punjab, Kathiawar and Rajputana region of India. A mix of happy and tragic stories, these love stories have been picked from Charles A. Kincaid's Tales of Old Ind. The tales are extraordinarily mixed in character. Some emit a strong Sindhi or Gujarati flavour while others suggest a Rajput or even an Arabic influence. Whatever the origin of the tales, they form an integral part of the romantic ballad literature of India...Read More...Hide Pages: 132
The Rupa Book of Great Crime Stories by Ruskin Bond Danger lurks in the pages of this compilation by Ruskin Bond. Dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing,not even murder,to gain their ends.Unlikely killers,some of them.They wouldn't hurt a fly....but wouldn't hesitate to send their wives,husbands or grandmothers to the grave if they become inconvenient!!Read More...Hide Pages: 230
The Kashmiri Storyteller by Ruskin Bond When Kamal and his friends gather at Javed Khan's Kashmiri shop at Landour bazaar, he enthralls them with his stories - of princes and kings, fairies and magical animals, supermen and cunning traders. Come, sit around the fire with Kamal, Shashi, Anil, Madhu and Vijay while they listen to Javed Khan's stories of the monkey bride, the man who got swallowed by a mosquito, the bent-up double beggar who angered a ghost, and many other tales from Kashmir and beyond.
In this brilliantly illustrated collection, Ruskin Bond brings alive unforgettable folktales from the misty hills of Kashmir that will delight and enchant his followers both young and old.
The India I Love by Ruskin Bond "The India" Ruskin Bond loves does not make headlines.But he finds it wherever he goes-in fields or forest,town or village....and in the hearts and minds of the people who has given him love and affection for the better part of lifetime,
In this collection of prose and poems written especially for this book,Ruskin Bond looks back on his unique relationship with the country and its people,from the time he turned his back on the west and came home,still only a boy,to take up the challenges of being a writer in the challenging India.Read More...Hide Pages: 144
Susanna's Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond 'That Black Widow spider always reminds me of Susanna, my lifelong friend and neighbour . . . As I was never her husband, I have survived to tell this story.' Since his childhood, Arun has secretly been in love with Susanna, his dangerously alluring neighbour, who becomes his friend despite the wide difference in their ages. But Susanna has a weakness for falling in love with the wrong men. Over the years, Arun watches as Susanna becomes notorious as the merry widow who flits from one marriage to another, leaving behind a trail of dead husbands. It is only a matter of time before he too begins to wonder if there is any truth to the slanderous gossip surrounding the woman he is in love with. In this gripping new novella of love and death, Bond revisits his previously published short story of the same name, included here in an appendix. This edition also features the screenplay Saat Khoon Maaf, based on this novella and written by award-winning film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj and Matthew Robbins.
Secrets by Ruskin Bond This brilliant new collection of stories by one of India's best-loved storytellers richly evokes Dehradun of the 1940s, with its quaint cinema halls and crumbling villas, its modest chaat-shops and ubiquitous tongas. But, as young Ruskin"the narrator in these interconnected tales"soon discovers, not all is as it seems in this sleepy town. Behind the tranquil facade, Dehra is home to a cast of colourful characters: from plucky old women to possible murderers. -The Canal' is a joyful tribute to adolescent mischief and adult resolve, in which a group of roguish boys must face the consequences of antagonizing the much-feared Miss Gamla. -Over the Wall' celebrates the resilience and hard-won dignity of a man ravaged by leprosy as he struggles to come to terms with his malady. The dashing young army captain in -At Green's Hotel' might be the perfect gentleman"or a murderer. And in -The Skeleton in the Cupboard', an old scandal is revived following a chance discovery, leading to wholly unexpected results. By turns charming and poignant, witty and exhilarating, Secrets is vintage Bond.Read More...Hide Pages: 150
The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.
But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will.
A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain. The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life.
Cappuccino Dusk by Kankana Basu
Cappuccino Dusk revolves around a quirky, argumentative Bengali family and their friends and relatives in Bombay: their hopes, dreams, death of ideals and the shifting mesh-work of relationships between them. It explores the angst and confusion that inevitably come to characterize people living away from their homeland.
The characters include a failed novelist, a strident feminist, a glamour-struck teenager, a poetry-spouting collegian, a spinster living more in imagination than reality, an idealistic architect-in-the-making and a brooding artist with a strange affinity with animals. The narrative meanders around fading traditions in the face of advancing globalization, dwelling on the edges where the two processes don't quite meet smoothly.
With a generous sprinkling of situational comedy, Cappuccino Dusk is about missed moments, the right things happening at the wrong time, important words left unsaid and those eternal existential questions that no one seems to have answers to. It is also about coffee and conversation. Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2007.
India: A History
India: A History by John Keay
India: A History is the epic story of one of the world's oldest and most richly diverse civilizations. World-renowned South Asia expert John Keay spans more than five millennia in charting the history of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus through conquest, colonization, and independence. At each phase of the narrative, he brings to bear recent revelations from archaeology, anthropology, and textual scholarship, taking assumed conventions to task and exploding the myths that have plagued the highly politicized historiography of the region.