Read Ruskin Bond’s handpicked stories on his birthday
On popular author Ruskin Bond’s birthday today, Penguin India released a souvenir edition of their handpicked stories to mark the occasion. The author celebrates his 87 years.
“ All Times Favorites for Kids ” contains tales of misadventures, struggles with eccentric parents, evocative stories of mountains and nature, tales of birds and beasts, and heartwarming stories of friendship and love. compassion, written in Bond’s signature style, says Sohini Mitra, editor of Penguin Random House.
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The 25 stories in the collection include The Adventures of Rusty, Grandpa Stories, Scary Stories as well as a diverse set of new stories like Goldfish Don’t Bark and Friends from the Forest.
Bond admitted that several of his favorite stories are in this collection. “I have added a few new ones, written in the last few months. I hope readers will enjoy them. And while you are busy leafing through this book dear reader, I will be heading to the bazaar in search of some hot samosa and fresh, “he wrote in the book’s introduction.
Bond recalled that someone asked him where he got the ideas for his stories from. “Well, if you love people and find them interesting, you won’t run out of stories. If you love birds and animals, flowers and trees and the world around you, you are sure to love “Ideas. Stories and ideas for them swirl around you if you keep your eyes and ears open,” he says.
Every year, on his birthday until 2019, Bond would spend evening time at his favorite bookstore, Cambridge on Mussoorie, with hundreds of children and adults and cut a cake. Since the Covid-19 restrictions last year, there has been no public service for the past two years.
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Born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla. As a young man, he spent four years in the Channel Islands and in London. He returned to India in 1955 and lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adoptive family.
At the age of eight, Bond escaped his prison-like boarding school in the hills and continued to live with his father in Delhi. His stay in the capital was filled with books, cinema visits, music, walks and conversations with his father – a dream life for a curious and wildly imaginative boy who turns tragic too quickly.
His first novel “The Room on the Roof”, written at the age of 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Award in 1957. Since then, Bond has written a number of short stories, essays, poems and of children’s books.
He has also written over 500 short stories and articles in magazines and anthologies. In 1993, he received the Sahitya Akademi Prize followed by the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
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