write a bio sketch of ruskin bond

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Ruskin Bond is a famous author and a poet, of an English descent, born in India on 19 May 1934 in Kasauli, Punjab, British India. He has written more than five hundered short stories, novels and essays but is best known for promoting children’s literature in India. His famous novel ‘The Blue Umbrella’ was made into a Hindi film, which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Children's Film, in 2007. Born as a son to a British couple during the colonial rule in India, he spent his early childhood in Jamnagar and Shimla. Toubled by his parents’ separation and his father’s death, he sought solace in reading and writing, and wrote one of his first short stories  ‘Untouchable’ at the age of 16 in 1951.  He went to the Bishop Cotton School in Shimla,and graduated in 1950. He loved reading and was especially influenced by the works of T. E. Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and Rudyard Kipling. After graduating from high school he went to the U.K. in search of better prospects. While in London he began working on his first novel, ‘The Room on the Roof’. It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1957), awarded to a British Commonwealth writer under 30. After he started earning through his writing, he returned to India in Dehradun. He spent the next few years earning his living as a freelance writer, penning short stories and poems for newspapers and magazines. In 1963, he went to live in Mussoorie where he furthered his writing career. After the success of the story "the Blue Umbrella", he was approached by Penguin Books in 1980, with whom he published several collections of his work, helping establish him as a popular author in India. Ruskin Bond received the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992 for ‘Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra’. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2014. Currently Ruskin lives in Dehradun with his adopted family.
 

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