Saturday, May 14, 2005

Ruskin Bond, Squinting in the Spotlight
The acclaimed Indian poet and novelist Ruskin Bond, 71, came of age before the media dominated culture and created gods and goddesses called celebrities.
Bond, who is called the Indian Wordsworth, tells that the PR-driven media-saturated book launch parties and tours leave him with an inferiority complex. Bond's latest book Roads to Mussoorie has just been released.
Journalists unnerve him in particular, he joked. "They ask me obscure questions," he complained. "Someone told me I am a minimalist writer. Minimalist, what's that, I was wondering when he said I write simple and I said yes, I do,"
Bond's best known work is The Flight of the Pigeons.

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