|Ruskin Bond Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||May 19, 1934|
Ruskin Bond is a renowned Indian author and poet who has endeared himself to generations of readers with his captivating short stories, poems, essays, and novels that are set mostly in the hill stations located at the foothills of the Himalayas. Among his most cherished works are The Room on the Roof (1956), A Flight of Pigeons (1978), The Blue Umbrella (1980), Angry River (1972), Tiger in the Tunnel (2019), The Sensualist (1999), Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra (1991), School Days (2010), and Funny Side Up (2006).
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Kasauli, Punjab States Agency, British India (now in Solan district, Himachal Pradesh, India)
Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
He completed his education at the Bishop Cotton School located in Shimla and graduated in 1951.
- Father – Aubrey Alexander Bond
- Mother – Edith Clerke
- Siblings – Ellen Bond (Sister), William Bond (Brother)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
94 kg or 207 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
However, his hair has turned ‘Gray’ due to his advancing age.
- Prominent nose
- Short height
Ruskin Bond Facts
- He created the character of Rusty, an orphaned 16-year-old Anglo-Indian boy living in Dehradun, as an extension of his own childhood experiences. His first book called The Room on the Roof, written at the age of 17 and published at 21, featured Rusty as the adventure-seeking protagonist and was semi-autobiographical in nature.
- When he was young, Ruskin dreamt of becoming a tap dancer.
- His novel A Flight of Pigeons, which is based on the Indian Rebellion of 1857, was adapted into a Bollywood film titled Junoon (1978). The film was helmed by the veteran director Shyam Benegal and included stars like Shashi Kapoor, Nafisa Ali, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jennifer Kendal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Tom Alter, Pearl Padamsee, Deepti Naval, and Sushma Seth.
- Bond made his feature film debut with a cameo appearance in Vishal Bhardwaj’s film 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) which, in turn, was based on his short story titled Susanna’s Seven Husbands. He appeared as a church father in the film that starred Priyanka Chopra in the lead role.
- His other children’s novel titled The Blue Umbrella (1980) was adapted into an eponymous film by Vishal Bhardwaj in 2005. The film garnered mostly positive reviews upon its release and was awarded the National Film Award for ‘Best Children’s Film’ in 2007.
- Bond was honored with the Padma Shri, which is India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 1999. Furthermore, he was awarded the country’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
- He shares his birth date with prominent personalities such as Sam Smith, Malcolm X, Grace Jones, JoJo Siwa, Pete Townshend, Michael Che, David Hartman, Toni Lewis, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Marshmello, and many others.
- Although he never got married and had a family of his own, Bond adopted a family later in life and spends his twilight years happily living with his adopted family in Landour, Mussoorie.
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