Ruskin Bond


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in Kasauli, India
May 19, 1934

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Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist.

He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best-loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India.

In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to c
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The Room on the Roof

4.07 avg rating — 5,467 ratings — published 1956 — 25 editions
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The Night Train at Deoli an...

4.16 avg rating — 3,474 ratings — published 1988 — 7 editions
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The Blue Umbrella

4.23 avg rating — 4,093 ratings — published 1980 — 9 editions
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The Best of Ruskin Bond

4.28 avg rating — 2,280 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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Delhi Is Not Far

3.83 avg rating — 2,017 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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Rusty, the Boy from the Hills

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Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra

4.19 avg rating — 1,331 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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Time Stops at Shamli and Ot...

4.13 avg rating — 1,358 ratings — published 1989 — 6 editions
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A Flight Of Pigeons

3.85 avg rating — 1,141 ratings — published 1980 — 6 editions
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The Ruskin Bond Children's ...

4.26 avg rating — 1,010 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
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“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”
Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer's Life

“To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast”
Ruskin Bond

“People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no two sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity.

Of course, some people want literature to be difficult and there are writers who like to make their readers toil and sweat. They hope to be taken more seriously that way. I have always tried to achieve a prose that is easy and conversational. And those who think this is simple should try it for themselves.”
Ruskin Bond, The Best of Ruskin Bond

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