About the book
A classic coming-of-age story which has held generations of readersspellbound!
Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, is orphaned, and has to livewith his English guardian in the claustrophobic European part in DehraDun. Unhappy with the strict ways of his guardian, Rusty runs away fromhome to live with his Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into thedream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and other aspects ofIndian life, Rusty is enchanted ... and is lost forever to the prim proprietiesof the European community.
Written when the author was himself seventeen, this moving story of loveand friendship, with a new introduction and illustrations will be enjoyed bya whole new generation of readers.
About the author
Born in Kasauli in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun,New Delhi and Shimla. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written whenhe was seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in1957. Since then he has written over five hundred short stories, essaysand novellas (some included in the collections Dust on the Mountains andClassic Ruskin Bond) and more than forty books for children.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India in1993, the Padma Shri in 1999, and the Delhi government's LifetimeAchievement Award in 2012. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi's BalSahitya Puraskar for his 'total contribution to children's literature' in 2013and was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He lives in Landour,Mussoorie, with his extended family.