A treat in store: Readers, Ruskin Bond’s working on his autobiography

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 14:53 IST
Ruskin Bond turns 82 tomorrow. (HT Photo)

One of the most loved children’s writers, Ruskin Bond has been a part of the childhood of every Indian bibliophile. And now, we hear the celebrated author is keeping busy penning down the story of his eventful life. Can we ask for more from him? Yes, just that he completes it soon, for we cannot wait.

Untitled yet, the book will include anecdotes from writer’s personal life as well as his bond with his adopted family in Mussoorie.

“It starts with my growing up years in Jamnagar, Dehradun and Shimla to London where I wrote my first book and generally my life as a writer and the kind of struggle I had over the years while trying to establish myself.

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“It will also have details from my personal life, which consists of my adopted family that has grown around me. I have lived in the hills for last 50 years and it has made me not spiritual but more contemplative,” Bond said in an interview ahead of his 82nd birthday tomorrow.

The author says he likes to celebrate his birthday by taking a nap but joked that everyone around him will be taking him out for dinner.

Bond, who has collaborated with Landmark to encourage budding readers to express and hone their narrative skills with ‘Child Reading to Child’ initiative, will visit the local book shop on his birthday.

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His young fans turn up to get their books signed from the author at the book shop, where he is a regular visitor.

When asked how he will celebrate his birthday, Bond said, “I am a sleepy fellow. I will take a nice long nap the first chance I get. I don’t do anything very special. In the afternoon, I go to the local book shop and they celebrate in a small way. I have one of my publishers, who will come and take me out to dinner.”

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