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Bond with nature, author Ruskin Bond tells children at Book Fair


Noted author Ruskin Bond reminds children that they should spend leisure time in parks and other outdoor spaces rather than in malls or playing video games to bond with the beauty of nature

RuskinNew Delhi: Noted author Ruskin Bond reminds children that they should spend leisure time in parks and other outdoor spaces rather than in malls or playing video games so that they can make a bond with the beauty of nature.

“I always wanted to tell the children that they should spend more time in parks and grounds and try to blend with the beauty of nature. That will increase your creative level as a writer,” Bond said.

The author, who is the guest of honor at the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair, was participating in an Author’s Corner session, where he interacted with children and adults.

The 80-year-old author, in his long journey that extends across six decades has given the readers over 500 short stories, nearly 50 children’s books, a dozen or so novellas and 150 other books.

Bond emphasized that a writer should be always interested in people.

“An authors work directly or indirectly connects with people and their milieu. So, it would be better, before penning down one register the idea through observing the people,” he said.

Bond, a past recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, says earlier there were few writers, but nowadays “writers are sprouting from here and there.”

“Actually it’s a good sign that young and vibrant writers are coming to the fore and keeping the literature world alive,” the Mussourie-based author said.

Bond, who made a niche market among children, says a remark made by a child once made him realize that his writing lacked in variety.

“Once I met with a child and he asked me why do I always write about leopards is? I then realized sometimes my stories lack varieties,” Bond said.

“During my childhood, I was a quiet bookworm. Initially I wanted to emulate my favorite authors. Then, I started to draw the picture in my style. Your writing should be always original,” Bond told children.

The author said he recently came to know that he had more than 10000 books.

“The more you read the more your become strong with the language,” he said.

“Childhood was full of reading; I spend my leisure time by reading books. There was no other way to engaged and entertained. Television and other means of communication belonged to particular class of people. But, now everything is at your finger tips.  Though I was not good at playing, but love to see people playing,” Bond said.

The author who has written over 30 books for children said some of his works were “a mixture of reality and fiction”.

“Some stories very close to reality, while others have been a mixture, based on real people or incidents and fictionalized to a certain extent,” Bond said.

“David Copperfield was one of my favorites during my childhood. Once I ran away from my home to become a writer as Copperfield but I was forced to return the very next day as I didn’t have enough pocket money,” recalled the author.

Though his books have been adapted to several movies, the author said he did not plan to write for the movies.

“As of now, I don’t want to write for movies. My works have been adapted to movies may be because my writing can be easily visualized”, he said.

This year the New Delhi World Book fair has put the spotlight on children’s literature.


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