India’s beloved author from the hills, Ruskin Bond, has touched several hearts through his magnificent stories. With a writing career spanning more than 67 years, Bond’s short stories have found connect with adults and kids alike. The reason- Write India author Ruskin Bond believes that maybe his own disturbed childhood makes him more sensitive towards children.
“I had a disturbed childhood. As I grew older, maybe it helped to make me more sensitive to the problems of other children and understand their difficulties if they had an unhappy childhood. Of course, when you are writing a story for children you don’t want to write something that is very unhappy or sad, you want to make them happy too,” the author said at an event. “But despite the upbringing, I grew up to be a fairly optimistic individual and still am,” he added.
The 83-year-old author launched his much-awaited autobiography titled ‘Lone Fox Dancing’ in New Delhi. Mr Bond was seen in a conversation with Nalin Mehta, Consulting Editor, The Times of India, where they discussed various aspects of the author’s life which are shared in his autobiography. At the launch event, Bond said that though he has written over a hundred books, this was the only time in his life when he had actually planned to have a grand book launch, courtesy his publishers.
Talking about the title of the book, Bond shared that it is taken from one of his early poems. “It’s taken from one of my poems, which I had written when I had recently shifted to the hills. Coming home one night I saw a fox dancing in the moonlight and it looked very happy and independent, doing its own thing. So I wrote this poem,” he said. “Otherwise I would have named it ’22 Steps’ because that’s the number of steps it takes me to reach my room in Mussoorie, which are getting more and more difficult by the day to climb,” he added on a lighter note.