Ruskin Bond is beloved by one and all. Whether it is his ghost stories or his tales of childhood, he has captured our imagination for decades. Shying away from celebrity and residing in a small Himalayan town, there are still many things we do not know about our favourite ‘Rusty’!

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  1. The name ‘Ruskin’ was chosen by his father.

    2. He wanted to be a tap dancer when he was young.

    3. He spent the early days of his childhood in Jamnagar, Gujarat. His father opened a school for children of royal families. After his father joined the Royal Air Force, he spent the rest of his childhood in Delhi, Mussoorie, Shimla, Dehradun.

    4. He wrote his first short story, ‘Untouchable’, at the age of 16 and his first novel, ‘The Room on the Roof’, was published when he was just 21 years old.

    5. Ruskin Bond was closest to his father. Unfortunately, in 1944, his father succumbed to malaria while being posted in Kolkata. Young Ruskin was 10 years old at the time when he got the news about his father’s untimely death through a teacher at the boarding school.

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Ruskin Bond reflects his colourful life in his writing. Read one such tale in our 30 Day Short Story Challenge, where we will make his story, ‘Crossing the Road’ free for a day on the Juggernaut App. Haven’t signed up yet? Do it here .


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