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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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  • rashmi 9 July, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Heyy!!
    I know I am late but recently came across this webpage...it would have been great isn't?
    WEll me a Journalist based in Raipur working for an English newspaper, i have recently seen Ruskin's column in one of the Hindi newspapers here. And am always hunting for a renowned and influential columnist who could add something nice to serve our readers.
    So the root cause of writing to you is, I want Ruskin's email id desperately. I wana invite him to write for us.
    Could you share it with me too like you did with others? My email is rashmitina@gmail.com.
    Would be obliged if you co-operate.
    Thanks!!

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  • Gautam 9 July, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Rashmi ji:

    Our dear Rusty, as a recall from our conversation in his tiny living room, does not use a computer and stays away from it. He still prefers writing long hand and uses his typewriter sometimes. Hence if you must, write to him. His address is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shayargautam/341188051/in/set-72157601720375012/

    Cheers,
    Gautam

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  • Zeba Momin 13 July, 2010 at 6:54 am

    wow.....that is soooooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooool........ u r lucky ha gautam!!!! hey, if u dont mind, will u send me his contact number?????? thanx in advance!!!! please send it to me at: angeliczee@gmail.com

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  • amisha patel 19 July, 2010 at 5:35 am

    u should keep info. on poems by every writers either the poem or the writer is famous or not

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  • Aditi Vasu 26 September, 2010 at 12:24 am

    hey gautam..... m cherished to see rusty's pics n the video n also the way u met him.... can i gt his contact information ? actually we wntd to invite him to our school. Plz reply>>>

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  • Denise 28 September, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Hi Gautam,
    It's really fortunate that you had a chance to spend time with this wonderful writer.
    I'm a writer too and have always admired Ruskin Bond's works. Could you please email me his telephone no? I'm planning to do to Mussourie in November and would love to meet him. Does he take calls?

    Do let me know if there's a specific time or something that he meets people or is it by chance?

    thanks

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  • Gautam 28 September, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Thanks all. Requested info. will be sent to everyone by email.

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  • Neha 7 November, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hey,
    God bless you for posting Ruskin's address here. I am planning a trip to mussoorie this november. Can you please mail me his phone number? Please please please..

    Thanks a million
    -Neha

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  • Sthira 8 November, 2010 at 8:16 am

    You know, i had planned to visit Mussorie this summer but the trip was cancelled ๐Ÿ™ It's a pity, really. I would have loved to, may be not meet him, but at least see the man I admire so much from a distance!

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  • akshi 20 November, 2010 at 2:28 am

    hey! its akshi here.
    REMEMBER???????????? THAT ONCE I ASKED U 4 RUSKIN'S NUMBER AND H. ADDRESS?
    oh i got it.
    THANXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX A LOT FOR THAT.
    WILL U LIKE BECOME MY FRIEND?
    EMAIL ID:akshividushi@gmail.com

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  • Mili 25 November, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Hi,
    I work for a magazine called Knowledge and would appreciate if you could send me his number as we plan to approach him to write a column for our magazine.

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  • Mehjabeen Taj 29 November, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Hi gautam,

    I read ruskin bond's "funny side up" a few days back and I completely fell in love with his style of writing. I wish to write a letter to him. from your blog I received his postal address as
    Ruskin Bond
    Ivy Cottage
    Landour Cantt
    P.O. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
    PIN รขโ‚ฌโ€œ 248179

    i just want to confirm if this still holds good. Hope it hasn't changed. Please let me know. I'll be really thankful. Also, if you dont mind sharing his phone number, you can mail me at meju_taj@yahoo.com.
    Thanks a lot!

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  • Parmita 13 January, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Hey Gautam,

    Really enjoyed visiting your website. The video of Mr Ruskin Bond was a real treat. And thanks for posting his address as well. It was great to know that he still reads letters. Penning down one for him right now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regards,
    Parmita Borah

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  • Yash Thakker 20 January, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Hi
    not the email but can you just give me the address of Sir. Ruskin
    please help me ...
    Hope I will get a reply from you and if you can please send me his contact or email address....
    Please help Me....

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  • Jay 23 January, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Gautam,

    I am a student from IIT Kharagpur, and a HUGE fan of Bond's works (my fav - Uncle Ken on a job). Could you please give me his contact number. We would like him as a speaker here at our college

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  • Jay 25 January, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Dear Gautam, thnx a lot for the number. Unfortunately, no one is attending the call. I have sent you a mail, can you please forward it to mr. Ruskin Bond, and request him to reply back when he can. I appreciate this help a lot. A very happy Republic day to you. Thnx and cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • mridul jain 6 June, 2011 at 11:00 am

    hey please give me ruskin bond' address and his contact info and email.
    ruskin 's fan

    mridul

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  • Rishabh 3 August, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Hi Gautam,

    I've seen this video. Its good.

    I've read one of his stories about 3 friends. The Meeting Pool.
    I personally liked the whole story & its message too. The message : Life Goes On, Come What May / Come What May, Life Goes On.
    I thought, this story should be made into a short film. Yes, we are related to media.
    Can you give me Ruskin Bond's email id or his telephone number?
    My email is: rishabh@sutradharactors.com
    I'd really appreciate if you can give me the details on how to contact him.

    Thank you,

    Rishabh.

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  • arundhati sural 6 August, 2011 at 12:20 am

    the vedios and pictures are a fab.i reade in std.ix. and i am a great fan of him. can you please kindly send me the contact no. of RUSKIN BOND????

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  • arundhati sural 6 August, 2011 at 12:38 am

    i am a very big fan of ruskin bond. can you please mail me the cont. no. of ruskin bond? my mail id is diasural@gmai.com

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  • Nishit 30 September, 2011 at 7:22 am

    WOW!!! Ruskin Bond was so nice..

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  • Nishit 30 September, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Loved Ruskin Bond and everything about him..!!!

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  • rashmi 1 January, 2012 at 7:12 am

    hi....
    can i please have ruskin bonds telephone number.
    please send it on siddharthyadav999@yahoo.com
    please please please..............

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  • katherine 13 January, 2012 at 6:32 am

    hey gautam!i am kate(katherine)nyc 2 meet ya!i am an ardent fan of bond and am dyin 2 meet him.u r really lucky 2 have met him.i just came from u s a and u guys r lucky 2 stay in india ......its an ossom country.....ayways ,than u 4 ths vid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

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  • shweta 16 February, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hi Gautam, I am from Delhi and a huge fan of Ruskin Bond and his books and even a bigger fan is my boyfriend, he remembers all his stories by heart and adores him as an author since childhood... It would be a great favour if you can please give me his phone number too, I got the address from your comment above... I know this is an old post and you may or may not be able to help, but this would mean so much to this person I love... and therefore to me if you can help... I will be writing to Ruskin Bond but it would be good have his number too just in-case ๐Ÿ™‚

    your unknown well wisher.

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  • Gautam 16 February, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Just so folks are aware..all comments show up in my Inbox as an email and I reply to each one of you.
    Gautam

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  • sharmistha 27 February, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Gautam, thanks a lot for sharing this.

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  • sharmistha 27 February, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Gautam, Can you share his postal address? It would be a great help. Thanks a lot.

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  • sharmistha 27 February, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Oh I see, you have already shared his Landour's address.Hope to get a reply from him. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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