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With Ruskin Bond

Jan 28 2007

December 7, 2006
Jolly Grant, Dehra (India)

On a day when I failed to make it to the ‘hardly-known’ Pari Tibba (the infamous burnt/haunted hill), the day ended with a pleasant meeting with one of my all-time favorite authors, Ruskin Bond.

On our way to Lal Tibba, we saw Ruskin standing on the narrow lane outside his Ivy Cottage in Landour area. He greeted us with a heart-warming smile and invited us (me and my father) upstairs. My father was very much surprised by how humble such a famous person can be. We sat and talked for a while in his sitting room. As expected it was full of books, old photographs, and the aroma that is ever present in his stories.

Although my main purpose of visiting Mussoorie was to meet Ruskin, I almost would have missed by him if his lunch company hadn’t been late. He was enjoying the Himalayan peaks from the narrow road when we drove up and stopped by the roadside. He said that someone was supposed to pick him up for lunch, but was running late. And lo! Before I could say another word, he invited us to come up for a while to have a chat. I told him that I have been reading his stories for almost 15 years and how I’d always wanted to meet the person whose pen could churn out words so simple, yet heartfelt.

We sat and chatted for a while before a magazine called him from Bombay, wanting to know his 5 favorite Authors. At the end, I asked him to recite a poem and autograph his book, “The Rupa Book of Ruskin Bond’s Himalayan Tales”. I knew that he loved the old American Opera music of Eddy Nelson and Jeanette McDonald, so I had taken their music collection with me from the States, which I presented to him.

To view the photos from my visit, click here

Here is his address: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shayargautam/341188051/in/set-72157601720375012.

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  • Nikhil 2 March, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Gautam

    I came here through orkut's Ruskin community and discovered this heart-warming site of yours.
    Thanks a ton for the Bond pics. They are awesome and so clear :)
    Its one of my ardent desires to meet him, which I hope to fulfill this summer.
    The vid is still buffering as I write this..so comment on it later.

    "Despite everything, each morning I look at the birds and the warm sun shining behind the clouds - and I realize that I still have another song to sing - another tale to tell. May be tomorrow, when winds aren’t cold and sun’s a bit warmer, I’ll tell you another story…"

    Hmmm...why do I get this feeling that we are gonna be great friends :)

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  • kevin 22 March, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Hi ,
    After meeting Ruskin did you get the feelings he is a lonely man ?and how tall is Ruskin
    Thanks
    Ps love the pics if him love this books too
    Thanks kevin

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  • kevin 22 March, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Hi
    After meeting Ruskin did you think he is a lonely man and how tall would you say he is ?
    And I really like the pics of him .
    Thanks
    Kevin

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  • Gautam 22 March, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Lonely? Not in this life. He is a truly happy, content, calm, and one of the most humble people you will ever meet. Even though he was running late for lunch he invited us over to his room for a chit chat. We had a good conversation and I'll visit him again when I'm in Dehra.
    He is about 5"6' ish tall.

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  • Neeraj Tiwari 3 April, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Gautam,
    Like you,I am also an ardent fan of Ruskin Bond and want to meet him someday.
    Can you tell me does he speak Hindi or does he have an Indian accent?
    And what,according to you,I must keep in my mind before meeting him?
    Please reply.
    Keep in touch.

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  • niyanta 7 May, 2007 at 7:04 am

    hey gautam...
    it must hav been a dream cum true to meet mr bond in person....
    must say tat u r really lucky.....and the pictures are fabulous...thanks a lot for sharing them...
    i m a die hard fan of bond and really desparate to meet him...u think he'll meet me....

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  • Archana 18 May, 2007 at 12:45 am

    hi i love mr. bonds work on litrature thanks to you to give me an opportunit to know him more

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  • Maneesh 28 May, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Hi Gautam,

    Thanks a ton for putting this video for all Bond fans. God bless you!

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  • Ritu 28 September, 2007 at 11:23 am

    hey its been fab on ur end 2 put the clips ...It must hav been a enthralling experience...

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  • Gautam 22 October, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Thanks everyone :) It was a dream come true to meet the Real Rusty!!

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  • Sreemoy 9 February, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Hi

    I am very fond of Ruskin since I went to college in 70s. His simplicity and child like comments make him all the more lovable. I wish I could meet him and fulfil one of my cherished dreams.

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  • Madhumita arora 18 February, 2008 at 8:38 am

    hi,
    its a pleasure watching this vedio and viewing his pictures. Im a great fan of him. looking at his pictures make me feel like i have actually met him. I have been to his place , gota view from outside only. But i will suely meet him one day. I have written him a letter also, hope to get a reply.

    thankuuuuuuuuuuuu soooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • Gautam 18 February, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hope you meet him Madhumita :)

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  • eshita 18 June, 2008 at 8:06 am

    can ruskin's best poems be send to my mail if so plz send b'coz i require them for my project

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  • Rishutosh jain ( luckysr ) 3 August, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    i see this video i like it thx...luckysr

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  • Rishutosh jain ( luckysr ) 3 August, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    or haan... pls meet this great man to Madhumita arora...mit...

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  • sunayana 19 September, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Hi
    Im a lecturer in English and ive read plenty of books by ruskin bond wen i was in school.I cried a lot wen i read love is a sad song .
    Infact i wanted to marry ruskin bond and my friends still make fun of me foe dat. thought i still cherish dat desire bt i know he wil refuse my proposal bt if i meet him i wud try once wen i meet him which i want to very badly. if i fail to meet him before its tooo late i think i will take this guilt to my grave hoping to meet him sand ya also his family
    i wish him all d luck

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  • Ashwin 7 November, 2008 at 4:03 am

    Dear Gautam,

    Ruskin Bond is one of my favourite authors, just like you profess as well. I am planning to go to meet him at Landour.
    Could you please send me his postal address or phone number os that i will be able to intimate him about my arrival.
    I would be very grateful if you could send me the information on ashwin.gambhir@gmail.com

    thanks

    ashwin

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  • Udita 14 December, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Hey Gautam,
    Stumbled upon your website at random and was greeted with such a pleasant surprise that it brought a smile to my face.I've always loved Ruskin Bond and his books have been a constant companion during rainy days by the window.I would have loved it even more if you had asked him questions about the stories behind his poems..i always wondered who he wrote that poem for 'Its not time thats passing' ...Thanks for the post anyways...maybe someday i will ask that question myself :)

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  • Gautam 14 December, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Udita, thanks for visiting. I know, it was kind of a rushed meeting and since he put off his lunch meeting for me, I didn't want to delay him by long. He did ask me to call up next time before coming so we could spend more time :)

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  • Yogesh 27 December, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Hey there,
    I noticed one of people here had asked for Ruskin Bond's contact info. I would also like to contact him. Is it possible to get his email eddy or his phone number. Is he still in Mussorie? Or moved some place else? Kindly write back ASAP whoever can help with the info.

    With sincere thanks,

    Yogesh

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  • Gautam 27 December, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Yogesh,

    Ruskin Bond still cherishes his typewriter and stays miles away from Computers, so no email for him. I will send you his phone number by email. The best way to reach to him is to write him. He still reads all letters. He is still in Landour. Here's his address:

    Ruskin Bond
    Ivy Cottage
    Landour Cantt
    P.O. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
    PIN - 248179

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  • aesha 4 January, 2009 at 9:42 am

    we have Ruskin bond book in our school we have special period for reading that is dear drop everything ans read. I REALLY ENJOY

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  • DAKSH 4 January, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I AM FROM VIDYANI VIDYALAYA i also enjoy reading books of him

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  • Dhara 7 January, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for Ruskin Bond's address!
    Nice pics and video! was really nice to see Pari Tibba in a photo at least :)
    It was a treat. Thank you!

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  • deepak 12 January, 2009 at 11:50 am

    hi gautam '
    i m a book publisher and i want cont. no. of mr. ruskin bond plaese email & obliged

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  • PG 18 January, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hey can you give me Ruskin Bond's address?
    I want to meet him too.

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  • sharan 10 February, 2009 at 12:37 am

    hi gautam!

    i'm a huge fan of ruskin bond's too and have been since i was a kid. could you please send me his phone number from mussourie? thanks a ton! the guy's an absolute legend man! my email id is sharan.bitsg@gmail.com.

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  • katha 17 February, 2009 at 1:28 am

    thanks Gautam...for sharing the address:)

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  • iqbal 5 March, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    hi gautam!

    i’m a big fan of ruskin bond books and poems. unfortunately, I lived really long time in dehradun but had no opportunity to see him. Could you please mail me his contact phone number. thanks a lot in advance! It would be my dream come true to talk to him.
    my email id is iqbal@tzv.fal.de

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