Ruskin Bond (b. 1934) is amongst the best-known writers of novels, short stories, essays and poetry. Widely acclaimed in India and abroad for his writings, Ruskin Bond was, till recently, one of the few writers living on writing alone. He has received several awards and honours, including the Sahitya Akademi Award. Extremely fond of mountains and valleys, which are depicted beautifully in many of his works, Bond lives in Mussoorie—a lovely Indian hill resort.