Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion for numberless readers inspite of their age and location continuously for about sixty years now.
He has entertained us even occasionally spooked us with his books and stories. He has made us smile when our spirits are low and steadied us when we’ve stumbled.
Lone Fox Dancing is his autobiography that shows us the roots of everything he has written. He begins with a dream and a gentle haunting, before taking us to an idyllic childhood in Jamnagar by the Arabian Sea where he composed his first poem and New Delhi in the early 1940s where he found material for his first short story.
In the final, glorious section of the autobiography, he writes about losing his restlessness and settling down in the hills of Mussoorie.
With over fifty photographs, some of them never seen before Lone Fox Dancing is a book of understated, enduring magic, like Ruskin Bond himself.
Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli in 1934 and grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla. He lived in England—in Jersey and London—for four years, returning to India in 1955. He is the author of over a hundred novellas, short-story collections, non-fiction books and collections of poetry. Among them are The Room on the Roof, A Flight of Pigeons, The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli, The Blue Umbrella, Rain in the Mountains, Tales of Fosterganj and A Book of Simple Living. He received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1956, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.