Ruskin Bond was born on 19 May 1934 in Kasauli. It was a small hill town in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. His father was Edith Clarke, and his mother was Aubrey Alexander Bond. Ruskin Bond was a famous short story writer, novelist and poet. His writings were primarily focused on children and the simple hill-folk of Uttarakhand.
Ruskin Bond
"Rusty" was the name of the character created by Ruskin Bond to describe his past stories. His first novel, "The Room on the Roof" was a semi-autobiographical story (means the story speaks about the life of the narrator and the imaginary characters). Rusty was the protagonist of the story. The story was based on his friends and the time he spent in a rented room when he was in Dehradun (a scenic place in Northern India). The story ''The Room on the Roof,"  was written when he was seventeen-year-old and got published when he became twenty-one-year old. Ruskin Bond was deeply attached to Dehra, and most of his stories were inspired by the hills and valleys of this region. Simplicity and fluency of language are the hallmarks of his writing style.
Some of his important works are,
  • An Island of Trees (1992)
  • A Bond with the Mountains (1998)
  • The India I Love (2004)
Ruskin Bond won several awards for his writings. Some of his important awards are,
John Rhys Memorial Award 1957
Sahitya Akademi Award 1992
Padma Shri1999
Padma Bhushan2014