At a time when writers are increasingly evoking controversies with their political stand and activism, one celebrated writer maintains a low-profile, and yet commands enormous readership while writing at an incredible pace. The 83-year-old Ruskin Bond has been there from the birth to the boom of Indian publishing industry in English, and has followed the simple mantra of minding his own business to traverse a 67-year-long illustrious journey spent exclusively in writing.
“One of my favourite school teachers used to say, ‘Stay calm and mind your own business’ and I have been minding my own business ever since. That has kept me going. The good thing about not being in too much of the public eye is that you can perhaps have a more balanced view of life and issues when you are writing because you are not prejudiced, you are not taking sides and you are not personally associated with the issues that you are writing about,” Ruskin Bond told IANS in an interview.
His long awaited autobiography "Lone Fox Dancing" was launched on Tuesday evening in the capital. Bond said that although he has written over a hundred books, it is the only time in his life that he had planned to have a grand book launch with a cocktail party, courtesy his publishers. Impressing upon the impact of his simple life on his writings, Bond said that if he was caught up in the glitz and glamour, travelled to too many literary festivals, he would actually have no time to do any writing. But then, he said, he is a simple person who sees beauty in small things.
“You can go and live in the middle of wilderness and still find trouble. I have also been a fairly tolerant and easy-going person. I don't often get into controversies and trouble but I think I would not have written as much as I have or enjoyed writing as much as I have if I got involved in too many other things,” he added.