Lone Fox Dancing

  • Title: Lone Fox Dancing
  • Author: Ruskin Bond
  • ISBN: 9789386338907
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lone Fox Dancing Over sixty years for numerous readers of all ages in big cities small towns and little hamlets Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion He has entertained charmed and occasionally spooked us
    Over sixty years, for numerous readers of all ages in big cities, small towns and little hamlets Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion He has entertained, charmed and occasionally spooked us with his books and stories and opened our eyes to the beauty of the everyday and the natural world He has made us smile when our spirits are low and steadied us when we veOver sixty years, for numerous readers of all ages in big cities, small towns and little hamlets Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion He has entertained, charmed and occasionally spooked us with his books and stories and opened our eyes to the beauty of the everyday and the natural world He has made us smile when our spirits are low and steadied us when we ve stumbled Now, in this brilliantly readable autobiography his book of books one of India s greatest writers shows us the roots of everything he has written He begins with a dream and a gentle haunting, before taking us to an idyllic childhood in Jamnagar by the Arabian Sea where he composed his first poem and New Delhi in the early 1940s where he found material for his first short story It was a brief period of happiness that ended with his parents separation and the untimely death of his beloved father A search for companionship and security, undercut by a fierce independence and a tendency for risk taking, would inform every choice he made for the rest of his life With effortless intimacy and candour, Bond recalls his boarding school days in Shimla and winter holidays in Dehradun, when he tried to come to terms with a sense of abandonment, made friends, discovered great books and found his true calling Determined to be a writer, he spent four difficult years in England, from 1951 to 1955 and he writes poignantly of his loneliness there, even as he kept his promise to himself and produced a book the classic novel of adolescence, The Room on the Roof It was born of his longing for the atmosphere that was India the home he would return to even before the novel was published, taking a gamble that would prove to be the best decision he made In the final, glorious section of the autobiography, he writes about losing his restlessness and settling down in the hills of Mussoorie, surrounded by generous trees, mist and sunshine, birdsong, elusive big cats, new friends and eccentrics and a family that grew around him and made him its own Full of anecdote, warmth and gentle wit often deeply moving and always with a magnificent sense of time and place and containing over fifty photographs, some of them never seen before Lone Fox Dancing is a book of understated, enduring magic, like Ruskin Bond himself.

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    About Ruskin Bond


    1. Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children s authors and a top novelist.He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957 Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra , by the Sahitya Akademi, India s National Academy of Letters in India He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children s literature.He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.


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    1. This is a must read for Ruskin Bond fans!Like he mentions, there are not many interesting events to write about in his life. But the way he recollects and writes them is why we love him :)Honestly he mentions that he's not going to write honestly about all the sentiments and important people. "For it is the 'uninteresting' people who have shaped me up as an individual and as a writer."What I loved:- This was my secret santa gift of 2017 :)- Having read many of his 'semi-biographical' stories, ex [...]

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    2. The man is a master. Everytime I pick up any of his books, it is like a whole new experience all over again. He makes the mundane interesting. He makes biology fun. He concocts wild animals in the funniest of ways. Finally, his autobiography is out and all the questions about his childhood and early life is out in the open, well somewhat. Made me realise how close to the truth his books had always been. He rejuvenates my interest in reading. Been through a lot, the man has shown perseverance. He [...]

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    3. Towards the end of Lone Fox Dancing (LFD), Mr. Bond writes about the severe storm that ravages his Ivy Cottage home. How the natural yet merciless powers shake up the house and sweep the roof away, and then the snow falls and freezes the fear. Mr. Bond finds beauty in the midst of this all. It is almost an analogy to his past with events that swept his life and carved his future, and all the while he hung on to the things he loved. The man whose pen rains wonderful words on paper and writes beau [...]

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    4. Ruskin Bond is warm, passionate, conversational and so humorous as he shares his insights and experiences.This book gives us a wonderful insight of his difficult childhood, his love for nature and how he loved the hills and everything associated with it.The nostalgic trip down his memory lane is so profound and melancholic.His sense of narration is so simple and gripping that makes the book unputdownable.There were passages and anecdotes which made me smile and cry for all the different reasons. [...]

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    5. Ruskin Bond has been my childhood companion. He is among those versatile authors who has written short stories, ghost stories, novels, children stories. Basically something for all the age group readers. His stories are simple, relatable and captivating. And now, his autobiography is no different.I was completely dumbstruck by the humility and integrity with which he wrote his life story. Ruskin Bond is the king of writing but he portrayed himself as a modest and humble man who did not hide his [...]

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    6. Achingly beautiful.I haven’t read much of Ruskin Bond, except a short story here and there. So I surprised myself by picking up this book after reading a wonderful extract in Scroll, and was suitably rewarded—the book is full of the enchantment he is renowned for, conjuring up startling images with an economy of words.This autobiography is, ultimately, a memoir of loss and longing, and a meditation on impermanence.Ruskin had a painful childhood, losing his father when he was ten or eleven, h [...]

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    7. When you have grown up reading an author’s work, then to suddenly read his autobiography is a pretty gratifying experience. Ruskin Bond is an author who is at it – from novels to short stories to ghost stories to children’s books to novellas and now an autobiography wistfully titled “Lone Fox Dancing”. I was a little apprehensive initially as I picked this book, but it most certainly grows on you. The book is also magical in a way given the time and place Mr. Bond was born and grew up [...]

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    8. Ruskin and the deodars. I haven't failed to notice the mention of them in each of his books I have read. Beautifully written, Ruskin Bond almost makes me feel guilty of not living a life in the mountains.

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    9. Ruskin Bond is known to everyone in India. In fact, he is even well known to those who don’t read much. So it is only natural that any book lover will want to know about India’s favourite author, whether it be to gain inspiration to become a writer themselves or to gain insight into all the stories they grew up on.I was, am, a pretty big fan of Mr.Bond and I find him way cooler than the other, more famous, James Bond. So this cannot be a review, it wouldn’t be fair to make it a review Inst [...]

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    10. If you have read any of the stories by Ruskin Bond, either in course book or his novels-collections, then you already know the tone of this autobiography. Most of the works written by Bond till date is either semi-autobiographical or observation around his world. So no wonder this book has the same enchanting and entertaining world of Ruskin Bond. The book starts with the stories of Jamnagar where the toddler Ruskin was raised by Aayah who had a life-long impression on him, both personal and met [...]

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    11. I had the fortune of meeting Mr. Bond a couple of years in Mussorie and he signed my copy of 'A Book Of Simple Living.' It contains his poem 'Lone fox dancing' and the moment I read it, I knew it should be the title of his autobiography. This is a charming memoir written in Ruskin Bond's inimitable style. In my mind, Ruskin Bond has always been a loner, an onlooker of life rather than an active participant (like Christie's Mr.Sattherwaite). And this book throws light on a lot of life experiences [...]

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    12. I have been a huge Ruskin Bond fan all my life- in fact I probably became a reader because of him. This book was an amazing nostalgia trip for me - you meet the real people who inspired many of the characters across Ruskin Bond's work and you also get to know the man behind all those wonderful stories more intimately. Loved this book. Thanks Mr Bond for all the delightful stories over the years that made my summer vacations tolerable :)

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    13. Finally the Lone Fox found motivation to write his story. The book does not cover his entire life especially after his shift to Mussoorie but gives interesting glimpse into his life in his early childhood and adulthood. Though Ruskin Bond;s writings have generally been autobiographical, this book brings forth facets of his life he has generally not written about in past. A must read for all Ruskin Bond's fans

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    14. There are authors of sunshine and of moonshine. There are authors who captivate you at the best of their simplicity in words, in showcasing their world without infusing an iota of pretension in their creations and in re-establishing in you the hope, the positivity and the vigour of life. I still remember when in my salad days I savour each and every of the words by Ruskin Bond, an author of utmost pristine and unadulterated innocence which is much fashioned after his experience with life, love, [...]

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    15. For the complete review read here : meotherwise/lone-fox-dThe book contains over fifty photographs of the author. Enjoyable anecdotes about his friends, his eccentricities and passions, soak you in warmth. Parts of these have already been published earlier too. Yet, having them under this one magnum opus book surely makes this a great read.If you are a Ruskin Bond fan, then this book is a must read. It has passion, is funny, yet can move you to tears, and is magical in its own sweet way. It’s [...]

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    16. Had known about Ruskin Bond reading some references in the newspaper articles up until 2002 when I was gifted a wonderful new year present "Ruskin Bond - Collected Fiction"It was like an unbelievable gift containing 66 short stories and 5 of his very famous novels all in one huge book that ran for nearly a 1000 pages.Since I have a habit of marking my personal collection of books with numbers, this happened to my 14th book in my collection. Ever since I've added a few more bulky as well as slim [...]

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    17. If I would to describe how madly I was waiting for this book- then it wouldn’t be much of an interesting story than the one how I got this book to finally read on my own. The moment I got to know it has released, I was saving money to purchase this book with hard cover. While still on my mission to save money, I found this book on my supervisor’s desk (I am PhD scholar and need to visit my supervisor for research discussions frequently) and couldn’t resist reading first few pages. I couldn [...]

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    18. 5/5 (I don't think I could give it anything else)Owen Ruskin Bond is a name that doesn't really need an introduction. He is one of those authors whose works you'll enjoy reading irrespective of your age, gender, or proficiency in English. With the account of his childhood set in pre-Independence era, he gives us a sneak peek into the privilege that came with being fair-skinned and English - something an Indian of similar stature wouldn't have access to. In his trademark style of gentle wit and w [...]

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    19. This is the story of a little boy who grew up with characters and adventures in a foreign land which soon became a fabric of his own existence. Bond’s father worked for the British Empire and thus had the fortune of growing up in India during the pre-independence era. Loved and in his own words, spoiled rotten by his family and his house help, Bond grew up learning the nuances of the Indian tongue, the troughs of the mountains, the frothy waters of the beaches, the consistent need to express l [...]

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    20. Before I share my thoughts about the book, a suggestion for those who plan to read the book - start reading it only if you have read the other Bond books, extensively.The book isn't as charming as most of the Bond books are but that's an unfair expectation. Its all about retrospection and a summary of life of Mr. Ruskin Bond. For an avid Bond reader, this is a double-treat, first, knowing the facts about Bond's life, and second, realizing why and how the themes and moods of the stories are/were [...]

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    21. My first taste of Bond was a collection of short stories, "Friends in small places". What got me hooked was the easy narrative style and the great characters. You could have met the same people on a bus or train and passed them by without a thought! As I thumbed through the book during the long summer, I couldn't help wondering about what happened to those people after the stories ended. It's pretty easy to walk off into the sunset, but eventually you'll need to stop walking, right? Lone Fox Dan [...]

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    22. For a complete review, visit:shilpagupte/2017/08/24/loRight from the first page, to the last one, Mr. Bond keeps you engaged with the story of his life. The happiness of being with his beloved father during his early childhood, the difficulties of adjusting to  a life without him after his untimely death, stories of his dear friends, his family and his struggle to make it as a writer despite the obstacles that lay in his path, Mr. Bond,  through his  words,  has opened  up his soul for the [...]

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    23. Seldom I have read a book without thinking of writing a letter to the Author: whether it is Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl or for that matter Chetan Bhagat. Unfortunately, I never got myself to doing so, but today, after reading Mr Bond's autobiography I had to get pen on paper. Simply because this book, like most of his other works, felt as a letter addressed to me. And it is considered rude not to respond to someone who has been consistently writing to you for so many years. I won't be expecting [...]

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    24. Ruskin Bond's short stories and poetry collections dot the horizon of bookstores and bookstalls in India, and he has a really unique perspective as an "Indian" of English parents who never really gave consideration to spending his life in the West. Rather, India was always in his blood. And he never got rich and famous through his writing, but he seemed to never seek such goals. Rather, writing--specifically about the average person's everyday life in South Asia--was his goal. And at times his w [...]

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    25. Brilliant and an easy to read yet very honest biography, no doubt why children(and others as well  ) love Ruskin Bond’s books. Mr. Bond is 83 now and he has definitely succeeded in surprising readers with his memory, for most of the events of his life is carefully chronicled mixed with good sense of humor. I don’t want to write about the lucidity of his language as it well known among his followers and readers community, in general. The fact however worth mentioning is - his determination [...]

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    26. The fact is that nobody's perfect. And, that one fact runs throughout this book. This is another of those few (auto)biographies that I've read. Each of those books had the underlying theme too. I liked the title, though. I see that it isn't the hardships and the sadness that makes anyone a good (or great, is it?) writer, but the way the person turns themselves into a protagonist; dealing with the odds and setting them as even, throughout. May the lone fox dance, and dance wholeheartedly, for yea [...]

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    27. I have read a good number of Ruskin's stories and have always loved reading him. I was at a bookstore and saw this one; shocked at first that I didn't know his autobiography was published! His writing in this book flows like a river, as always. It was a pleasure to get to know his life better, his struggles, his sorrows and his joys. He has omitted a few parts of his personal life and as much as I want to read them, I respect his right to privacy. Loved this book! May read a few times more in fu [...]

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    28. It is one of those rarest books I am going to cherish for lifetime. It's not everyday that a personal account of an author makes for such an engrossing read, motivating one to count blessings and gracefully endure suffering. I am giving it a five star, because that's the highest one can go here, though Ruskin Bond deserves a standing applause for freely giving away his life lessons, hard learnt with long suffering. You may read more about it on scribblesofsoul/lone-fox-d

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    29. Loved reading Ruskin Bond's autobiography, feels like a warm hug on a cold, winter night, as he takes you through heartwrenching moments in his early years when he lost his father, was almost abandoned by his mother and had to fend for himself to reach where he is today. Everything he conveys with a sense of humor, not anguish. He has every reason to be an angry man but he showed the world differently by making a choice to see the world with a child's wide-eyed innocence. Loved this book and I k [...]

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    30. It is always a pleasure to read Ruskin Bond, so even before starting to read this book, I knew that I would fall in love with the writing.And fall in love I did, right from the first page. I felt transported to an odd-route trail in the hills of Mussoorie, with nothing but the magic of words accompanying me. My review will never do justice to how good a writer Bond is, and how much Lone Fox Dancing touched me, but I'll say this much to anyone reading this- read this book even if you read nothing [...]

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