“On the open road there are no strangers. You share the same sky, the same mountain, the same sunshine and shade. On the open road we are all brothers.”
These are the words of wisdom written by the India’s beloved writer, Ruskin Bond who turned 88 this May 19th. He needs no greater introduction. His books speak volumes of his contribution to the world of Literature.
His soulful writings always inspired people around the globe and in his career spanning 72 years he made the best use of his pen. He is the grand man of letters and his skill in weaving enthralling stories and poems is matchless. Let us go through the few finest qualities of the writer:
Ruskin Bond‘s works were of different genres. His earlier works included fiction, short stories and novels. Essays and short stories are his favourite genres. He considered himself as a “Visual writer’’ because for short stories, he first imagines it like a film and then notes it down. His power of imagination is extraordinary and he brings to life the mountainous region of the Landour before the eyes of the readers.
Ruskin Bond’s love for nature can be felt in each and every description he gives concerning the surroundings and its greenery. A nature lover alone can cover the life’s beauties so intricately. He holds a rare prowess to imprison the beauty of nature in words. He is a naturalistic writer par excellence.
Ruskin Bond being a writer always encourages reading. He wants everyone to cultivate the habit of reading and have a love bond with books. In his works he once said I Quote “Our first books have a strong and lasting influence on our thinking and the way we look at life.”
His works are no doubt a full pack of positivity and this makes the readers to love and enjoy his writings, thereby it fills them with hope and encouragement. His ultra- fine words are here to read:
“To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast.”
Best children’s writer:
Ruskin Bond is regarded as the best Children’s writer because of his approach towards children in his books. His first Children’s book ANGRY RIVER is toned down on a publisher’s request for a children’s story. On writing for children, He said, I quote, "I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better." Ruskin Bond wrote more than 50 books for children. Start gifting your children the books of Ruskin Bond and there are high chances that they never quit the habit of reading.
These are the few drops about the ocean called Ruskin Bond who freely quenches the thirst of the readers irrespective of their age. Reading his works definitely brings in the readers the idea to look up and love nature and at the same time to preserve and protect the same.
Those who read at least a book of Ruskin Bond will surely understand his bond with his readers and he never disappoints them. Having around us such a wonderful writer is undeniably a boon.
Reading and writing about him instils in us a contagious energy and it is a tribute to him who has gifted and shared with us a vast expanse of his life. He words of appreciation for book readers and the joy of reading can be understood from his admirable words:
“Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There is nothing wrong with them; but they are missing out on one of life’s compensations and rewards. A great book is a friend that never lets you down. You can return to it again and again and the joy first derived from it will still be there.”
Hope all the fans of Ruskin bond will agree with me and enjoy your days with the books of Ruskin bond.