Ruskin Bond — #100FavouriteAuthors

Happy birthday!

Party time!

The name’s Bond.

Ruskin Bond. And it’s his birthday today. India’s foremost author in children’s literature. Although he is of British descent, he considers himself 100% Indian, and there’s no one quite like him, especially when it comes down to describing Indian landscapes.

One of his books was adapted into a film by Vishal Bhardwaj.

The Blue Umbrella. A simple story about human greed and childlike innocence. But a beautifully written story adapted with equal finesse by Bhardwaj. Bond’s writing manages to evoke such powerful emotions even while being so simple – a rare gift.

Some of my favourite Ruskin Bond stories are…

Our Trees Still Grow in Dehera: A semi-autobiographical series of short stories for which he received the most acclaim, and the stories in which he’s at his most personal.

The Blue Umbrella: Duh! Check the Vishal Bhardwaj story above.

The Night Train at Deoli: Probably the most atmospheric of Bond’s stories, and one that deals with adolescent infatuation with a great deal of maturity and sensitivity.

Susanna’s Seven Husbands: His most exciting work, and I even like the movie that was made off it – Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf.

That’s it for favourite author #6 – I hope you have a great birthday, Ruskin! And I do definitely want to meet you someday…


Neil Gaiman | Agatha Christie | Jeffrey Archer | Sidney Sheldon | Enid Blyton | Ruskin Bond