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Lone Fox Dancing

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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 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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।
लफ़्जों में
जो फिसलते नहीं
ज़ुबां से कई बार
वो उतरे, बिखरे,
बरसे काग़ज़ पर
उस सावन की तरह
जिसका मक़सद
हरा कर देना है
मन को भी,
ख्वाबों की
बंजर ज़मीं 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.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge admirer of Ruskin Sir's writing and reading his autobiography turned out to be a fulfilling experience for me. This book made me smile so many times. It is wonderfully written and doesn't drag at all. This is a must read for everyone who is a fan of Ruskin Sir's books. Also, reading the autobiography of someone whose work has continually turned your sad days into happy days is very rewarding. Apart from learning about his life, I also got to read about British India which was very fa ...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
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How is this the first Ruskin Bond I ever read? This book was absolutely sublime (words I never imagined I would say for it when I saw it was in the syllabus). Beautifully enchanting writing.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I'm like a shopkeeper hoarding bags full of grain, only, I hoard words. There are still people who buy words, and I hope I can keep bringing a little sunshine and pleasure into their lives to the end of my days"

That's exactly what Mr. Bond's words does to you. It brings you a lot of sunshine and pleasure. I've always enjoyed reading his books and I loved this one in particular.

I've always found a certain kind of warmth from all his books including this one. It was yet another beautiful read.
Vikas Singh
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
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
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
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
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.
There are writers that you respect.
There are writers that you admire.
There are writers whose writing you can relate to.

And then there are writers that you love. For me, Ruskin Bond falls in the last category.

Poignant and heartfelt, Lone Fox Dancing is one of the few books I have had the privilege of reading so far that has moved me so deeply. There is a certain warmth and intimacy in Bond's writing that seems to address his reader's souls in the most unexpected of ways. Be it his descriptions
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
A glimpse into the solitary life of a writer and the changing fortunes of little towns nestled in the Himalayas. Reading Bond’s memoir is much like taking a long walk with him, through forests of deodars, through his childhood in pre- and post-Independence India.

In a manner that is quintessentially him, Bond writes about his encounters with nature (leopards, bear cubs, wild cats!) and those forgotten by society with greater attention and affection than his interactions with notable people of th
Prashant Kumar
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bond
This is a must read book if you are a Bond fan or enjoy reading his books. The great thing about this book is that it does not feel heavy like an Autobiography, and is an easy and interesting read. The readers are also treated to many rare photographs of his growing up years.

Instead of writing to impress, by mentioning so-called important people or important events, or trying to shock us, Mr Bond has written about ordinary events that formed his life and people that matter to him:

- his family (h
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
Prajakta | dancingbibliophile
"Lone Fox Dancing" traces the journey from his birth in the hills of Kasauli, his sojourns in Jamnagar and Delhi, his school life at Shimla and his stints at doing odd jobs in London before settling down in the Doon Valley.
Though he didn't had something of a dynamic life, the way in which he pens about the mundane situations makes reading the book, a beautiful experience.

The book throws light upon his relationships with people around him like his parents, grandparents, friends and colleagues. I
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 :)
Geeta  Ramani
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I danced along with Ruskin Bond as I read through the pages of his autobiography, Lone Fox Dancing, on the first day of term break. His books fill one with joy and delight.
I remember reading my first Ruskin Bond book, The Room on the Roof, forty five years ago in high school. Thank you, Mr Bond for celebrating life in your own special way.
Upasana Malik
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was heartwarming to read about Bond's life and how certain events shaped his character and work. While reading the first part of the book, which is about his early years in Jamnagar, in the military hutments and subsequently a flat with his father, at his granny's house in Doon and then later BCS, I would cry reading certain bits and pieces, especially reading his thoughts after his father passed away. Its poignant, raw, yet not too heavy on the soul. It was also great to read about the peopl ...more
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.
Sujay Malik
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly heartfelt and touching autobiography. In a way only Ruskin Bond can write
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
Japneet (millennial_reader)
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm an agnostic- you need something higher than religion and I prefer trees and mountains. I'm not against religion- I'm not against anything, really. To each his own. If their religious ritual makes people happy, let them have it, by all means. I'm just happy being a pagan..."
Ruskin Bond's autobiography, 'Lone Fox Dancing' has everything. It is one of India's greatest authors' life in pages. From his childhood's innocence to his adolescence's notoriety, from his aloofness to search for compan
Megha Tyagi
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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

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