In "When Darkness Falls",Ruskin Bond displays all the qualities of a master storyteller.We make the acquaintance of Markham, a war veteran condemned to a lifetime of loneliness by a tragic accident; Susanna, the merry widow who loved each of her seven husbands to death; the sad wife who returns after her death only to find that her husband has moved on, to another life and another love; a simpleton who outwits a crafty ghost; and Kundan Lal, the reckless rake whom women find irresistible. We also go down memory lane with the author, to the Dehra Dun of the 1940s and there was space for the small errors of young and eccentric lives.
Born in May 19th 1934 in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. Bond went to school in Shimla and stayed in Dehradun, Jamnagar, Mussourie and London, before making Landour, Uttranchal his home in 1960ís.
Ruskin Bondís writing career started when he was all of 17 and wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof. The novel was based on his life in Dehradun where he lived in a small rented room and his friends. Since then the social, historical influences in the hills around him have been inspiration. His works are especially popular with children and young adults and he has written over three hundred short stories, essays and novellas and more than 30 books. He has also published two volumes of autobiography. Scenes from a Writer's Life, which describes his formative years growing up in Anglo-India, and The Lamp is Lit, a collection of essays and episodes from his journal.
His stories The Blue Umbrella and The Flight of Pigeons have been adapted into films. It is rumoured that Bond will also pen Vishal Bharadwaj's new film, 'The Seven husbands'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruskin_Bond