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Ruskin Bond: Ruskin Bond Turns 90: A look back at a life filled with stories and joy

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Ruskin Bond, the iconic Indian author renowned for his captivating storytelling, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday. As he marks this milestone, Bond, known for his wit and wisdom, shared reflections on his life, writing, and the simple joys that have defined his journey.

A Life Rooted in Literature

Born to British parents in Kasauli in 1934, Bond’s early years were marked by a deep connection with literature. His childhood, spent in various parts of India, including Shimla, New Delhi, and Dehradun, laid the foundation for his future as a prolific writer. Bond’s literary journey began with his debut novel, “The Room on the Roof,” in 1956, which marked the beginning of a remarkable career that has spanned over six decades.Writing by Chance
Bond’s path to becoming a writer was not a conventional one. Initially aspiring to be an actor or tap dancer, he discovered his true calling in writing. Reflecting on his journey, Bond humorously remarked, “I wanted to be an actor, that never happened. I wanted to be a tap dancer, never had the figure for it. Then I realized I could write.”

A Literary Legacy
Bond’s body of work is vast and diverse, encompassing over 500 titles, including short stories, essays, and novellas. Despite his immense popularity and status as India’s favorite children’s author, he remains humble, quipping, “They say ‘old soldiers never die, they simply fade away’. Even old writers never die, they simply go out of print.”

Simple Pleasures and Everyday Joys
Bond’s life in Landour, where he has lived since 1963, is characterized by a love for simple pleasures. Whether it’s enjoying frothy strawberry milkshakes, reading newspapers and books voraciously, or indulging in his favorite Kashmiri style ‘mutton kofta curry’, Bond finds joy in the everyday moments of life.Awards and Accolades
Bond’s contributions to literature have been widely recognized, with accolades such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. Despite his fame, Bond remains grounded, cherishing the memories he has created with his family and readers over the years.

Looking Ahead
As he enters his 10th decade, Bond shows no signs of slowing down. His latest book, “Hold on To Your Dreams,” published by Penguin Random House India, offers readers a glimpse into his personal life and reflections, showcasing the depth of his storytelling prowess.

As Ruskin Bond celebrates his 90th birthday, his life stands as a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring appeal of literature. His words have touched the hearts of millions, and his legacy as one of India’s greatest storytellers is secure. As he continues to write and inspire, Bond’s journey is a reminder of the beauty and richness of a life lived in pursuit of one’s passions.

(With inputs from PTI)

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