Born in Kasauli in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla, worked briefly in Jersey, London and Delhi, and moved to Mussoorie in the early 1960s to write full time. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written at age seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Bond has since written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas and more than 40 books for children. His latest collection of short stories is Death Under the Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean (December 2016). He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2013.