Celebrated writer Ruskin Bond celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday by releasing two more books at Mussoorie. A large number of his fans, especially school children were present to celebrate this occasion.
Ruskin Bond cuts a cake to celebrate his 80th birthday at Mussoorie on Monday. (HT Photo)
Bond, whose books and short stories have tremendous following amongst youngsters, celebrated his 80th birthday at a book store on the Mall Road.
Local residents were also present to celebrate the birthday of this prolific author who was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year. Those who were present on the occasion included legislator Ganesh Joshi, chairman of municipal board, Manmohan Singh Mall and author Ganesh Saili.
Bond thanked all his fans and readers for their good wishes.
Later, speaking to media persons he said that everyday should be celebrated as a birthday since it makes people happy especially in the present day where there is little happiness.
Two books titled ‘Jungle Omnibus’ and ‘Love among the Bookshelves’ were also released.
Bond has been residing in Mussoorie since 1963. In 1992, he received the Sahitya Academy Award for his short story collection, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999.