|In coversation with Ruskin Bond. Photograph by Sakina UmmeAbiha|
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Ruskin Bond was one of the main highlights of the Sharjah International Book Fair this year. On 23rd November 2011, Journalism student, Nazia Fatma managed to get an exclusive interview with the iconic Indian writer.
How did your passion for writing begin?
In school actually, I was fond of reading, so gradually it started and I wanted to emulate my favorite authors and become a writer and by the time I left school , I was writing and getting published too and my first novel came out when I was 17.
You have been writing for quite a long time, what you think about the upcoming young authors?
Even though there are so many now, in different genres of writing with fresh ideas, it’s good to see them being serious about writing. Most of them will get established and some maybe not, so it’s also a matter of chance that plays a part and ofcourse talent matters.
Nature is a widely covered element in your writing, why so?
Yes, nature is a topic which I write about a lot, flower and fauna especially up in the hills. Living in the hills for so long has made nature a part of my life and it gets reflected in my writing.
What do you have to say about the change in reading habits in today’s digital age?
I believe it’s just a saying, I think there are far more people reading today, particularly who are educated and can read, their number have increased through the years.
From all the books that you’ve written, which is your personal favorite?
It’s very hard to choose, some of my short stories and your first novel can sometimes be your favorite.
What is your favorite genre to write about?
Although I have written a lot of novels and poetries but perhaps I am best at writing short stories.
Is there a message you would like to share with our students and emerging writers?
Good luck to all, and don’t be discouraged, there are times of disappointment but keep trying to succeed at whatever you do.
By Nazia Fatma