Little Known Facts About Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is a beloved Indian author. We have all read his works at least once in our life. Ruskin Bond’s wide range of short stories, novels, essays, and poems have inspired many budding writers for the past many decades. Born on May 19, 1934, in Kasauli and with a career spanning over 60 years, the author has penned numerous short stories, novels, and essays. Here are a few interesting facts that you might not know about the author:

  • Born to Edith Clarke and Aubrey Bond, Ruskin was the firstborn child in his family. He was named Owen Ruskin Bond; his father chose the name Ruskin for him.

  • Bond saw his parents getting divorced when he was only four years old. His mother then married an Indian.

  • His father died of malaria in 1944 and Bond went to live with his grandmother in Dehradun, India. For the rest of his childhood, he was raised by his mother and stepfather.

  • His first short story was ‘Untouchable’, which he wrote at the age of 16.

  • He wanted to be a tap dancer when he was young.

  • His first novel, The Room on the Roof, was published when he was just 21 years old.

  • Some of Ruskin’s stories like ‘The Blue Umbrella’ and ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’ have also been adopted to Bollywood films. The Hindi film Junoon is based on Bond’s historic novella A Flight of Pigeons.

  • Bond believes that an author should be able to write anywhere. He is very quiet by nature and stays away from the attention of the media.




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