Ruskin Bond — #100FavouriteAuthors
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…