Ruskin Bond as a young man, photographed in Delhi’s Patel Nagar. One of our best-loved writers, Ruskin Bond is out with his autobiography, titled Lone Fox Dancing, which charts, in great detail and with characteristic panache, the unlikely trajectory of the author’s life: from his childhood in Jamnagar to his writerly retreat in Mussoorie. Presented here is an excerpt. Sitting in the mountains, I remember the : tinsel a vast field of water, and sunny white sheets billowing in the wind. I remember a forest of nodding flowers and patches of , yellow, green and blue light on a . And I remember a little boy who ate a lot of kofta curry and was used to having his . My mother said I was the most troublesome of all her children—an angel in front of strangers, and a stubborn little devil at home. Mothers often say that of their firstborn, who inclined to look down on the , but mine did with good reason. Evidence of my stubborn nature must have emerged when I was three or four. Baby photos show me as something of a cherub, always smiling, chubby, charming, cheeky. Visitors […]

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