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Ruskin Bond Books In Order

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Publication Order of Rusty Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Man Eater of Manjari (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Is A Sad Song (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden Pool (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cricket for the Crocodile (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maharani (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chakrata Cat (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Till the Clouds Roll By (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Owls in the Family (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tunnel (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Chapter Books

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Little Book of India (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Essence of Delhi(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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