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Ruskin Bond Quiz

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Ruskin Bond, one of India’s most loved authors, was born on 19 May, 1934. Here’s a quiz to let you know more about this author.

#1. Ruskin Bond makes a guest appearance in one of the movies based on his book. Which movie?

#2. One of the following books is not authored by Ruskin Bond. Which one?

Man-Eaters of Kumaon is a 1944 book written by hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett. It details the experiences that Corbett had in the Kumaon region of India from the 1900s to the 1930s, while hunting man-eating Bengal tigers and Indian leopards. One tiger, for example, was responsible for over 400 human deaths.

#3. What is the name of the character created by Ruskin Bond to tell stories about his own past?

Rusty is a popular fictional character created by Ruskin Bond. Rusty is a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy living in Dehradun. He is orphaned and has no real family. He starts living with his guardian Mr. John Harrison, who is stern and harsh in his manners.

#4. For which of his works was he awarded the Sahitya Akademy Award in 1992?

#5. Which of the following is the first book written by Ruskin Bond?

His first book, The Room on the Roof, which he wrote at the age of 17, was a semi-autobiographical story with Rusty being the protagonist. It was based on his friends and the time he spent in a rented room, when he was in Dehradun.

#6. Where was Ruskin Bond born?

Ruskin Bond was born on 19 May 1934 to Edith Clarke and Aubrey Alexander Bond, in Kasauli, Punjab States Agency, British India (present day Himachal Pradesh). His father taught English to the princesses of Jamnagar palace and Ruskin and his sister Ellen lived there till he was six.

#7. Which is the first children's book written by Ruskin Bond?

#8. All the following movies are based on Ruskin Bond's writings, except for ____________.

Ab Dilli Dur Nahin is a 1957 Indian Hindi-language film directed by Amar Kumar and written by Rajinder Singh Bedi, Muhafiz Hyder and Raj Baldev Raj. The rest are all based on books or stories written by Ruskin Bond.
7 Khoon Maaf is an adaptation of the short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands, The Blue Umbrella is based on a novella of the same name, and Junoon is based on his short story A flight of Pigeons.

#9. In which year was Ruskin Bond awarded the Padma Bhushan?

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He also got the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992.

#10. The film based on which of his famous book won the National Award for Best Children's Film?

The Blue Umbrella is a 1980 novel written by Ruskin Bond. It was adapted into a Hindi film by the same name in 2005, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, which later won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film.

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