Fiction Fondess #AtoZChallenge

fFiction and fiction writers in India are the kinds who are always popular. Apart from the numerous fiction readers the country proudly boasts of, the recent past has also seen a gradual rise in the number of English fiction writers. But if there is one writer from among the long list of Indian writers, I had to pick, it would be the much loved Indian author Ruskin Bond.

Predominantly known as a children’s author, Ruskin has a great number of novels, short stories and poetry that would appeal to the young and old alike. His writing is as fresh as the mountain dew, and is a kind of reflection of his love for the Himalayas. Ruskin’s profound love for his own birth place-Dehradun- and his passion for literature are the treasure of his life. So powerful is his pen run that they could carry you away to far of lands, give you the pleasure to feel the morning mist, and smell the wet sand after the rains. That’s Ruskin bond bringing in nature in every bit of his writing.

I was introduced to the world of Ruskin Bond through my class 8 English Literature text book. I still remember “Thembu”, the little mountain boy in the story “The Tiger in the Tunnel”. So intrigued was I by this little story, that by the age of fifteen, I had practically read all of Ruskin’s short stories. I have preserved the entire collection till date.

And yesterday, as I sat reminiscing through the pages of these books, something fell out. It was a letter I had received from Ruskin Bond himself in the year 1999, in response to an appreciation I had sent him. Such a blissful feeling to read it even today.


Have a look.

So who is your favorite fiction writer?

This is a part of my journey exploring 26 lesser known shades of a country called India, with the #AtoZChallenge 2016!!!

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  1. I’ve read and re-read Tolkien and Rowling so many times I’ve lost count, and there are dozens of authors who’s work I adore. If I had to choose a favorite for children’s fiction, I have a special fondness for Roald Dahl. His quirky voice so perfectly matches his bizarre imagination, every story is a delight to read out loud — and I read them all to my son while he was growing up. For adult fiction, Douglas Adams eclipsingly superior to any others. 😉

  2. Aww… this is so lovely… I have lots of fav fiction authors… but you know what your letter reminded me of a letter I received from Rajiv Gandhi with his photograph… As a kid I was totally fascinated by him and used to write to him often and finally this one time I got a reply 🙂
    Lucky you btw 😉

  3. WOW! Ruskin Bond replied to your letter, that is so amazing!
    I remember reading Children’s Omnibus and another book with an orange cover. I don’t remember the name 🙁
    The way he describes Dehradun makes you want to jump into the book and go visit! 😀

  4. Awww
    I am a Ruskin Bond readera and I adore his work the most ..
    So I really enjoyed the post ❤
    And my my the letter 😍😍
    I am drooled …I wish I too get by him a letter ….
    Post of the day .

  5. Awesome! Ruskin Bond wrote to you!! That’s such a treasure. I remember reading his stories /anthologies in my childhood and being transported to all those wonderful places he described. Time stops at Shamli and Our trees still grow in Dehra were my favourites. Now that you have reminded me, I must dig those volumes out and re-read them.
    Thanks, Ramya. This is a beautiful post.

  6. You are so lucky! I’m a huge fan of Ruskin Bond and think he’s undoubtedly one of our finest fiction writers of the present times! That letter is worthy of being called a treasure !!!

  7. I like the sound of Ruskin Bond. I visited Dehradun many years ago and would be interested to read stories set there. On my last visit to India in 2005, I discovered Jaishree Misra’s novels, which I loved, as well as Vikas Swarup’s Q&A. While I later enjoyed the film version, Slumdog Millionaire, I thought the book was better.

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