“People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no two sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity. Of course, some people want literature to be difficult and there are writers who like to make their readers toil and sweat. They hope to be taken more seriously that way. I have always tried to achieve a prose that is easy and conversational. And those who think this is simple should try it for themselves.”
Ruskin Bond was born on 19 May 1934 in Kasauli, Punjab, to Edith Clarke and Aubrey Bond, during the Brtish Rule in India where his father served with the Royal Air Force from 1939 to 1944. A cherubic children’s writer, Ruskin Bond has opened windows to the life in hill stations and captured the picturesque images through words. His stories would make the readers fall in love with the simpler things in life most importantly the wonders of nature.
He started his career as a freelance writer, writing short stories for magazines and newspapers. After establishing his career in the field of writing, he served as a magazine editor for 4 years. It was after that, novels like ‘The Blue Umbrella’ ‘The Room on the Roof’, ‘Vagrants in the Valley‘, collection of short stories,’The Night Train at Deoli’, ‘Time Stops At Shamli’, and ‘Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra’ were published. Some of his popular titles in the supernatural genre are ‘Ghost Stories from the Raj’, ‘A Season of Ghosts’, and ‘A Face in the Dark and other Hauntings’.
With a career spanning over five decades, Ruskin Bond has written in various genres including fiction, essays, autobiographical, non-fiction, romance, and books for children. ‘The Blue Umbrella’ which was adapted into a movie won the National Award for Best Children’s film.