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Lone Fox Dancing

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Over sixty years, for numerous readers—of all ages; in big cities, small towns and little hamlets—Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion. He has entertained, charmed and occasionally spooked us with his books and stories and opened our eyes to the beauty of the everyday and the natural world. He has made us smile when our spirits are low and steadied us when we’ve ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published June 2017 by Speaking Tiger
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Gorab Jain
This is a must read for Ruskin Bond fans!

Like he mentions, there are not many interesting events to write about in his life. But the way he recollects and writes them is why we love him :)
Honestly he mentions that he's not going to write honestly about all the sentiments and important people.
"For it is the 'uninteresting' people who have shaped me up as an individual and as a writer."

What I loved:
- This was my secret santa gift of 2017 :)
- Having read many of his 'semi-biographical' stories, ex
This book deserves full 5 stars and more - for its charming innocence, simplicity and matter of factedness ( perhaps a self coined word... but I want to use it here).
I delved into the life and times of Ruskin Bond.
I longed for a house in Dehra/ Mussourie/ any other hilly valley with a cold climate and lots of solitude and space for oneself.

Ruskin Bond was one among my favourite authors.. but now he has become one of the most favourite- not necessarily for the stories he's written - I find most
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The man is a master. Everytime I pick up any of his books, it is like a whole new experience all over again. He makes the mundane interesting. He makes biology fun. He concocts wild animals in the funniest of ways. Finally, his autobiography is out and all the questions about his childhood and early life is out in the open, well somewhat. Made me realise how close to the truth his books had always been. He rejuvenates my interest in reading. Been through a lot, the man has shown perseverance. He ...more
Bindu Madhav
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wry humour mixed with a sense of melancholy, Ruskin Bond's Autobiography is about how a confused child turned into an author who is popular and on demand.

Fifty years in the hills(since 1963) has made a great change from all those good and bad during boyhood and his youth. In his words

"it's good to be in once place for a certain length of time, in order to savour the passing seasons, the comings and goings of people, and above all, to watch the children grow up".
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Achingly beautiful.

I haven’t read much of Ruskin Bond, except a short story here and there. So I surprised myself by picking up this book after reading a wonderful extract in, and was suitably rewarded—the book is full of the enchantment he is renowned for, conjuring up startling images with an economy of words.

This autobiography is, ultimately, a memoir of loss and longing, and a meditation on impermanence.

Ruskin had a painful childhood, losing his father when he was ten or eleven, ha
Tarinee Prasad
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
And why he writes and I read and I write for what he writes for all of you to read ?

जो बिखरा है
उसे सहेजना,
समेटकर रखना
मेरा ही तो काम है।
लफजों में
जो फिसलते नहीं
जुबां से कई बार
वो उतरे, बिखरे,
बरसे कागज पर
उस सावन की तरह
जिसका मकसद
हरा कर देना है
मन को भी,
खवाबों की
बंजर जमीं को भी।

I don't know what I would do without a Bond book and may be these words would have never amalgated and remained in my head only to whisper in my ears , forever lost to the outside world.

His writings
Selva Subramanian
Among the best autobiographies that I have read. Written in the same simple and sweet style as his other books. He comes across as a honest, non-judgmental, and a warm person. No tall claims and is mostly peopled - though coming from diverse backgrounds - with simple people. I found many instances tugging at my heart strings and made me slightly misty, especially his relationship with his father. If you have read a lot of his non-fiction, maybe some their content might have found its way into th ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Towards the end of Lone Fox Dancing (LFD), Mr. Bond writes about the severe storm that ravages his Ivy Cottage home. How the natural yet merciless powers shake up the house and sweep the roof away, and then the snow falls and freezes the fear. Mr. Bond finds beauty in the midst of this all. It is almost an analogy to his past with events that swept his life and carved his future, and all the while he hung on to the things he loved. The man whose pen rains wonderful words on paper and writes beau ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruskin Bond is warm, passionate, conversational and so humorous as he shares his insights and

This book gives us a wonderful insight of his difficult childhood, his love for nature and how he loved the hills and everything associated with it.The nostalgic trip down his memory lane is so profound and melancholic.
His sense of narration is so simple and gripping that makes the book unputdownable.
There were passages and anecdotes which made me smile and cry for all the different reasons.
Ritu Mantri
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruskin Bond has been my childhood companion. He is among those versatile authors who has written short stories, ghost stories, novels, children stories. Basically something for all the age group readers. His stories are simple, relatable and captivating. And now, his autobiography is no different.

I was completely dumbstruck by the humility and integrity with which he wrote his life story. Ruskin Bond is the king of writing but he portrayed himself as a modest and humble man who did not hide his
Vivek Tejuja
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you have grown up reading an author’s work, then to suddenly read his autobiography is a pretty gratifying experience. Ruskin Bond is an author who is at it – from novels to short stories to ghost stories to children’s books to novellas and now an autobiography wistfully titled “Lone Fox Dancing”. I was a little apprehensive initially as I picked this book, but it most certainly grows on you. The book is also magical in a way given the time and place Mr. Bond was born and grew up in. He has ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Lone Fox Dancing – My Autobiography

Author – Ruskin Bond

Length – 277 pages

Publisher – Speakingtiger

Genre – Non-fiction, Autobiography

My rating: 5/5


The book is an autobiography of Padmashri and Padmabhushan Ruskin Bond. Book describes his growing up years, his love for reading and the inspiration for his books.

My take:

Ruskin Bond, the name brings to our mind so many amazing tales penned by him. I was elated to get this book as a part of my brunchbook hamper last year since i am fond
Srijan Kapoor
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruskin and the deodars. I haven't failed to notice the mention of them in each of his books I have read. Beautifully written, Ruskin Bond almost makes me feel guilty of not living a life in the mountains.
Vikas Singh
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally the Lone Fox found motivation to write his story. The book does not cover his entire life especially after his shift to Mussoorie but gives interesting glimpse into his life in his early childhood and adulthood. Though Ruskin Bond;s writings have generally been autobiographical, this book brings forth facets of his life he has generally not written about in past. A must read for all Ruskin Bond's fans
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ruskin Bond is known to everyone in India. In fact, he is even well known to those who don’t read much. So it is only natural that any book lover will want to know about India’s favourite author, whether it be to gain inspiration to become a writer themselves or to gain insight into all the stories they grew up on.

I was, am, a pretty big fan of Mr.Bond and I find him way cooler than the other, more famous, James Bond. So this cannot be a review, it wouldn’t be fair to make it a review Instead, t
Rajat TWIT
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have read any of the stories by Ruskin Bond, either in course book or his novels-collections, then you already know the tone of this autobiography. Most of the works written by Bond till date is either semi-autobiographical or observation around his world. So no wonder this book has the same enchanting and entertaining world of Ruskin Bond.
The book starts with the stories of Jamnagar where the toddler Ruskin was raised by Aayah who had a life-long impression on him, both personal and me
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the autobiography of the favorite author of generations of readers. Ruskin Bond's life has been the fodder for much of his stories. Yet the book manages to inform and entertain the reader. It is a personal story. The story of the lonely journey of an almost-abandoned child through life against all odds. Ruskin Bond was born to an english man and an anglo Indian woman. His parents separated in his infancy, and his father passed away much too early. He was on his own after that. On complet ...more
Gowri N.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had the fortune of meeting Mr. Bond a couple of years in Mussorie and he signed my copy of 'A Book Of Simple Living.' It contains his poem 'Lone fox dancing' and the moment I read it, I knew it should be the title of his autobiography.

This is a charming memoir written in Ruskin Bond's inimitable style. In my mind, Ruskin Bond has always been a loner, an onlooker of life rather than an active participant (like Christie's Mr.Sattherwaite). And this book throws light on a lot of life experiences
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge Ruskin Bond fan all my life- in fact I probably became a reader because of him. This book was an amazing nostalgia trip for me - you meet the real people who inspired many of the characters across Ruskin Bond's work and you also get to know the man behind all those wonderful stories more intimately. Loved this book. Thanks Mr Bond for all the delightful stories over the years that made my summer vacations tolerable :)
Mansa Srivastav
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was surprised to not find many things that I had expected. But then that was more than compensated by things I wasn't expecting.
How I wish it never ended!
Amit Kumar
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this book through and through. every page is full of serenity, simplicity and small life lessons, U can't get bored. U feel as if u r talking to mr. bond himself. he always has followed his heart, do the job U love and enjoy the life that's it. a must read for Ruskin Bond fans.
Swarnadip Chatterjee
There are authors of sunshine and of moonshine. There are authors who captivate you at the best of their simplicity in words, in showcasing their world without infusing an iota of pretension in their creations and in re-establishing in you the hope, the positivity and the vigour of life. I still remember when in my salad days I savour each and every of the words by Ruskin Bond, an author of utmost pristine and unadulterated innocence which is much fashioned after his experience with life, love, ...more
Megha Tyagi
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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If I would to describe how madly I was waiting for this book- then it wouldn’t be much of an interesting story than the one how I got this book to finally read on my own. The moment I got to know it has released, I was saving money to purchase this book with hard cover. While still on my mission to save money, I found this book on my supervisor’s desk (I am PhD scholar and need to visit my supervisor for research discussions frequently) and couldn’t resist reading first few pages. I couldn’t sto ...more
Ankita Mehrotra
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is actually the 3 star sort but it is a biased 4 stars for folks like me who have so much nostalgia associated with Ruskin Bond and his love for the hills, Dehra & Mussorie. The book meanders quite a bit but read it for his honest story. One of my favorite parts was when he comes back from Britain and is ecstatic to be at home in the hills in India. “Every click of the rails brought me closer to all that I had missed and was now coming back to reclaim as my own. I belonged to the h ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Had known about Ruskin Bond reading some references in the newspaper articles up until 2002 when I was gifted a wonderful new year present "Ruskin Bond - Collected Fiction"

It was like an unbelievable gift containing 66 short stories and 5 of his very famous novels all in one huge book that ran for nearly a 1000 pages.

Since I have a habit of marking my personal collection of books with numbers, this happened to my 14th book in my collection. Ever since I've added a few more bulky as well as slim
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruskin Bond’s autobiography ‘Lone Fox Dancing’ is as charming as the man himself. With gentle wit that flows like a breeze through the mountains he loves, this book will transport you to a world where optimism is the talisman that keeps the spirit humane. Pick it up. You will most definitely have a wonderful time! 😊
Rajmr64 Rajeev
Lone Fox Dancing is the autobiography of one of my all-time favorite authors, Ruskin Bond. The narration of his life by this simple man is at once soul stirring as well as laced with candid humor and confessions of his foibles through the eighty odd years of his existence on Earth. True to the Bond style, the work is a breezy read and in fact, contrary to the norm with regard to a lot of autobiographies, frankly unputdownable. The beauty of Bond’s narrative style is that it is never pretentious, ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 (I don't think I could give it anything else)

Owen Ruskin Bond is a name that doesn't really need an introduction. He is one of those authors whose works you'll enjoy reading irrespective of your age, gender, or proficiency in English.
With the account of his childhood set in pre-Independence era, he gives us a sneak peek into the privilege that came with being fair-skinned and English - something an Indian of similar stature wouldn't have access to. In his trademark style of gentle wit and w
Shelly Bajwa
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a little boy who grew up with characters and adventures in a foreign land which soon became a fabric of his own existence. Bond’s father worked for the British Empire and thus had the fortune of growing up in India during the pre-independence era. Loved and in his own words, spoiled rotten by his family and his house help, Bond grew up learning the nuances of the Indian tongue, the troughs of the mountains, the frothy waters of the beaches, the consistent need to express lov ...more
Omkar Joshi
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before I share my thoughts about the book, a suggestion for those who plan to read the book - start reading it only if you have read the other Bond books, extensively.

The book isn't as charming as most of the Bond books are but that's an unfair expectation. Its all about retrospection and a summary of life of Mr. Ruskin Bond. For an avid Bond reader, this is a double-treat, first, knowing the facts about Bond's life, and second, realizing why and how the themes and moods of the stories are/were
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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 establi
“No life is more, or less, important or interesting than another—much of it, after all, is lived inside our heads.” 1 likes
“The Land of Regrets, someone had called India; but for me it was a land of acceptances.” 0 likes
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