(Last Updated on : 09/12/2013)
Books by Ruskin Bond mostly deal with the contemporary India .India of his time remains the central theme of his writings. These are the authentic representations of the socio-political crosscurrents in the then India. Bond's characters often belong to the huge concourse of the common people. Pubescent passion is the theme, which he successfully handled in his books. Moreover in some of his masterpieces Ruskin Bond, with a rare mastery has etched out the pristine freshness of nature as is found in the laps of the Himalayas, his native place.
Bond's literary style
Bond's most writings show the influence of the social life of the hilly life of Himalaya's foot hills. He spent his childhood in that region. His literary style is different in the way that it tries to make its readers understood the landscape through carefully chosen words. While going through his text his awesome description of flora and fauna captivates the attraction of the readers.
In the span of his writing career covering thirty five years, he wrote hundred short stories, essays, novels and more than thirty books for children. Three collections of short stories, The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra have been published through Penguin India. He has edited two anthologies too named The Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories and The Penguin Book of Indian Railway Stories. Bonds writing are greatly influenced by the hills, and the valley of Dehradun
The Room on the Roof was written when he was seventeen years old. This book has won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. This novel was published in collaboration with another novel named Vagrants in the Valley in the year 1993.
The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories is the depiction of India in all its original and antique glory. Time Stops at Shamli Set in the charming freshness of the foothills of the Himalayas, the novel Time Stops at Shamli, is concerned about the adolescent love story, which adds a soothing effect to the entire novel. Rain in the Mountains was also much acclaimed. His book Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra brought him the Sahitya Akademi Award
in 1992. Bond also got 1999 Padma Shri Award for children's literature.