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Publication Order of Rusty Books

The Room on the Roof (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vagrants in the Valley (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty Runs Away (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty and the Leopard (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty Comes Home (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty Goes to London (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Rusty (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty the Boy from the Hills (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rusty and the Magic Mountain (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Man Eater of Manjari (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Is A Sad Song (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hidden Pool (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cricket for the Crocodile (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maharani (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chakrata Cat (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Till the Clouds Roll By (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Owls in the Family (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tunnel (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Father’s Last Letter (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Flight of Pigeons (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eyes of the Eagle (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandfathers Private Zoo (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hanuman to the Rescue (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Delhi Is Not Far (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leopard on the Mountain (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Handful of Nuts (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sensualist (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Susanna's Seven Husbands (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Walk for Bina (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Romi and the Wild Fire (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Outside My Window (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Laughing Skull (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lagoon (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Mussoorie Mystery (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends of the Hill (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boys Will Be Boys (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
And Girls Will Be Girls (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My School on the Hill (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listen to Your Heart (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Dreams (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Panther's Moon / Ranji's Wonderful Bat (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales Told At Twilight (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Isn't Time That's Passing (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road To The Bazaar (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales and Legends from India (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Stops at Shamli and Other Stories (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dust on the Mountain (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snake Trouble / Ghost Trouble (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Island Of Trees (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain in the Mountains (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers In The Night (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bond With The Mountains (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Fiction (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Season Of Ghosts (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruskin Bond's Treasury Of Stories For Children (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Darkness Falls and Other Stories (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treasury Of Stories For Children (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Ruskin Bond (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friends in Small Places (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Face in the Dark and Other Hauntings (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruskin Bond's Book Of Nature (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Too Much Trouble (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Birds and Beasts (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruskin Bond's Book Of Verse (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Potpourri (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruskin Bond's Book of Humour (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Parrot Who Wouldn't Talk And Other Stories (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Room of Many Colours (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
School Days (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Tiger was the King (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Oliver's Diary (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape From Java & Other Tales Of Danger (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Times with Uncle Ken (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kitemaker (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories Short & Sweet (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kashmiri Storyteller (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
At School With Ruskin Bond (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hip-Hop Nature Boy And Other Poems (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Man is an Island (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The children's companion (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thick as Thieves (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Fosterganj (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Writer on the Hill (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncles, Aunts and Elephants (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling in Love Again (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Garland of Memories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whistling Schoolboy (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gathering of Friends (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Collection for Young Readers (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panther's Moon and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Book of Animal Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whistling Schoolboy and Other Stories of School Life (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Box of Many Colours (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Upon an Old Wall Dreaming (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Short Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Stops at Shamli (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Room On The Roof; Vagrants In The Valley (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prospect of Flowers (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Tiger and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whispers in the Dark (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Under the Deodars (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Song of Many Rivers (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Favourite Nature Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monkey Trouble (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Empty House (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Clouds, Green Mountains (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast Tamer (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Party Time in Mussoorie (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Towns, Big Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voting at Fosterganj (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Kissed Me in the Dark (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kipling Road (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Elephant and the Cassowary (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wise Parrot (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Regimental Myna (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of India (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eyes of the Cat (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Was Kipling (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Clock Strikes Thirteen (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
When The Night Falls (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unhurried Tales (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Was the Wind Last Night (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Animal Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales To Make You Smile (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Stories for Children (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tigers for Dinner (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast With Five Fingures (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bouquet Of Love (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Train Journey (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Landour Bazaar (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roads To Mussoorie (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Young's Ghost (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Daffodil Case (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tiger in the Tunnel (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gallery of Rascals (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Words from My Window (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boyhood Dreams And Other Tales (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Braving Mussoorie's Madding Crowd (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trees Of Dehra (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
All-Time Favourites for Children (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow on the Wall (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Creatures Great and Small (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
25 Greatest Stories for Young Readers (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
My India, Longing and Belonging (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Angry River (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Umbrella (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earthquake (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Rama and Sita (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eagle Soars (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Binya's Blue Umbrella (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Among the Bookshelves (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Day Grandfather Tickled a Tiger (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tree Lover (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looking for the Rainbow (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon in the Tunnel (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ranji the Music Maker (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wind on Haunted Hill (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Little Book of India (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Live Your Life (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hold On to Your Dreams: A Letter to Young Friends (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essence of Delhi(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ruskin Bond is an Indian children fiction and mystery author. He lives in Landour, India with his adopted family. He has been recognized for contributing to the development of children’s literature in India. He won the Sahitya Academy Award for his English novel; Our Trees Still Grew in Dehra in 1992. Bond was also awarded Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Ruskin bond uses Rusty mostly as the fictional character to write stories about his past which is closely attached to Dehra town since its valleys and hills inspired him. The author’s historical novel, A Flight of Pigeons, was made a movie in the Bollywood film in 1978 produced Shashi Kapoor. The Doordarshan TV has adapted most of Rusty’s stories as series while India incorporated others into the school curriculum including Time Stops at Shamli, The Night Train at Deoli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. Vishal Bhardwaj, Bollywood director, made the author’s children novel, the blue umbrella a film in 2005 which later won national Award as the best children’s novel. Bond’s was awarded as a British Commonwealth writer below the age of 30 the Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957 for his novel The Room on the Roof.

The Room on the Roof

The novel introduces us to Rusty, the protagonist who is an Anglo Indian living with his guardian after losing his parents at a young age. He is 16 years and is undergoing his puberty stage living in the outskirts of Dehra and has never been to town. Rusty feels very lonely and wants to escape to go and live with his Indian friends. He was warned of the Indians and is surrounded by the English way of living. He wishes to get freedom and a good life away from his strict guardian.

Rusty goes to Bazaar, a small town in the forests of India where he finds adventures, friends, and home. He finds the place charming since there is more life compared to the neighborhood which was boring. He starts going to the market secretly because if his guardian learns about it, he would be punished heavily. In town, he meets his new friends, Ranbir, kitchen, Somi, and others. One day he finds it hard to endure and escapes from his guardian home without minding about the consequences. He starts life with happiness, love, friendship, responsibilities, sorrow, and grimness.

The people around Rusty are unworldly just like him. Ranbir is aggravated at Rusty for not showing up in time on the day of Holi while Somi due to his compassion is willing to give Rusty a lift on his bicycle. Kishen and Rusty after having a misunderstanding about the tuition they form a bond. These things are good enough to form a lifetime friendship since they value things that are worth valuing.

The author introduces to another character, Meenar Kapoor who is dutiful and aware of the injustices in her life. She is concerned about her husband who is a drunkard and attentive to her only son and she is aware of her feelings towards the devotion of the genuine youth. However, she does not feel guilty about the things happening in her. The book revolves around the life of Rusty before and after escaping his guardian’s home.

In the course of the story, Rusty falls in love and gets heartbroken and watches his close circle of friends come in and go out of his life. He wants to explore his life expectations and is ready to face the trials and financial challenges that are faced by almost every insecure adolescent. The book is about friendships, caring and youthful life which makes youth rethink of your life as a teen and the pleasures you valued in your life then.

The Blue Umbrella

The blue umbrella is a story of an ordinary young girl named Binya who has never had any luxury since she was born and her blue umbrella. She meets picnickers one day and sees a beautiful blue umbrella and loves it. The picnickers agree to give it to her in exchange for her charm necklace with a leopard claw which was believed to be a sign of good luck. The umbrella becomes the talk of the village since it brings some adventure to Binya. The adults in her home village are very jealous of her while children admire it and give them a chance to hold. Binya is very happy and never closes her umbrella.

Ram Bharosa, an owner of a shop in the village due to his jealousy, orders a boy named Rajaram who was working for him in the shop to grab the umbrella from Binya. He promises to pay him three rupees if he brings the umbrella to him. However after Rajaram steals the umbrella, Binya spots him with it and runs after him, she is then assisted by Bijju, her brother who fights with Rajram and gives the umbrella back to his sister. This makes Ram Bharosa to stay in disgrace for about two weeks after people in the village abandon him and no one seems to trust him again. She pity Ram since she is aware that his current state is due to his longing for her umbrella. Out of her kind heart, she goes to his shop and hands over the umbrella to him. Ram starts showing off to the villagers this time with no guilt since he was given as a gift.

Ram Bharosa later gets a bear claw which is considered luckier than that of a leopard. He makes a pendant from it with a silver chain and gives it to Binya as a gift, and they end up being happy and free from guilt.

The story is simple, mesmerizing and loveable and has a smooth flow with an elegant language which makes you to be carried away as you read. It teaches some morals and keeps you entertained to the end.

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