Ruskin Bond is a famous Indian author who has contributed widely to children's literature. Born on \(19\) May \(1934\), He was originally of British descent but grew up as an Indian. He most often focused on this identity crises in his works. His works also included some autobiographical elements since he wrote extensively on the life in the hill stations of Shimla or the foothills of the Himalayas. He mostly uses first person and talks about his own experiences rather than narrating a third person's story.
He wrote his first book "A Room of one's Own", at the age of \(17\) dealing with experiences from his own life. As an Anglo-Indian, living in the pre and post-independent India, he spoke on the political, cultural and economic turmoil prevailing in the country. He takes about simple things in life and makes one enjoy the beauty of life. He connects his books deeply to nature, including farmlands, mountains, highlands and rivers.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in \(1993\), the Padma Shri in \(1999\) and the Padma Bhushan in \(2014\). The Sahitya Akademi is the highest literary honour given to a writer of outstanding potential for literature.
Bond has to his credit around \(150\) collections, which include poetry, short stories, novels and memoirs.
Some of his famous works include:
- Room on one's Roof
- The Blue Umbrella
- Our Trees Grow in Dehra
- Delhi is not far
- A Flight of pigeons
- Angry river