Ruskin Bond: In love with solitude
At 81, the writer contemplates death, loneliness, happiness, and simple living
We know Ruskin Bond as a children’s author. Indeed, he fits the part with his Santa Claus portliness, and the generosity of his grins and jokes. And for the past decade or so, his books have been almost exclusively for young readers. Of these, there are many, since he seems to have become, along with the late Khushwant Singh and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, one of the most dependable names among publishers, one of the long-innings chaps. From Penguin Random House to Rupa Publications to Speaking Tiger Books, there are few publishing houses which don’t bank on him to some extent.
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