Great Lives: Ruskin Bond

Published by: Scholastic India
Author: Shamim Padamsee
Year of Publication: 2017

Ruskin Bond is a literary figure who is loved by readers of all generations. His works are simple in thought and writing and leave a lasting smile on the face of the reader.

Numerous publishers have published his work and each one of them have tried to share with the masses how a legend like Ruskin Bond struggled in establishing a career as a writer.

‘Scholastic Biographies’ is a series where lives of great beings is being narrated through illustrations and simplified language for children.

Having read this book, I got to know more about Ruskin Bond in a style which he is known for.  The book also has focused on his early years which were not only crucial but are filled with stories which you won’t get to know anywhere else.

The most touching element for me in the book was a copy of letters which have been published as it is in the writing of his father. The letters played a key role in his life and will leave you teary eyed when you will read them.

Ruskin Bond has nurtured in hills and has painted the landscapes in its rawness. He is not just the most loved writer, but also one who teaches you to be in Love.

A beautiful biographical depiction. Do Read!

Happiness is as exclusive as a butterfly, and you must never pursue it. If you stay very still, it may come and settle on your hand. But only briefly. Savour those moments, for they will not come in your way very often.
– Ruskin Bond