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His father taught English to the princesses of Jamnagar palace and Ruskin and his sister Ellen lived there till he was six. Shortly after that he was sent to a boarding school in Mussourie. When Bond was eight years old, his mother separated from his father and married a Punjabi Hindu, Hari.

His father arranged for Ruskin to be brought to New Delhi where he was posted. He was very close to his father and describes this period with his father as one of the happiest times of his life. When he was ten, his father died of malaria, while he was posted in Calcutta. Ruskin was at his boarding school in Shimla and was informed about this tragedy by his teacher. He was thoroughly heartbroken. Later, he was raised by his mother and stepfather who lived in Dehradun.

He did his schooling from Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, from where he graduated in He wrote one of his first short stories, "Untouchable", at the age of sixteen in In London, he started writing his first novel, The Room on the Roof , the semi-autobiographical story of the orphaned Anglo-Indian boy named Rusty; he did various jobs for a living. He moved to London and worked in a photo studio while searching for a publisher.

After getting it published, Bond used the advance money to pay the sea passage to Bombay and settle in Dehradun. On his youth, he said, "Sometimes I got lucky and some [work] got selected and I earned a few hundred rupees.

He edited a magazine for four years. In the s, Penguin set up in India and approached him to write some books. These two novels were published in one volume by Penguin India in Since then he has written over five hundred short stories, essays and novels, including The Blue Umbrella , Funny Side Up, A Flight of Pigeons and more than 50 books for children.

The Lamp is Lit is a collection of essays and episodes from his journal. I started at the age of 17 or 18 and I am still writing. If I were not a professional writer who was getting published I would still write. Religion did not make me one. But history did. He also has a brother, William, who lives in Canada.

Literary style Most of his works are influenced by life in the hill stations at the foothills of the Himalayas , where he spent his childhood. His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and published when he was It was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in his small rented room on the roof, and his friends.

His earlier works were written without it being meant for any particular readership. Later, he tried out non-fiction , romance [4] and books for children. He said his favourite genres are essays and short stories. For an essay or travelogue , such planning is not needed for him. He feels the unexpected there makes it more exciting. It was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal. In , the Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj made a film based on his popular novel for children, The Blue Umbrella.

Bond appears as a Bishop in the movie with Priyanka Chopra playing the title role.


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