Manik Bandopadhyay & Ruskin Bond

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Manik Bandopadhyay & Ruskin Bond

Manik Bandopadhyay

Born:19 May 1908

Died:3 December 1956

  • He was a Bengali writer and novelist, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th century Bengali literature.
  • During a lifespan of 48 years, plagued simultaneously by illness and financial crisis, he produced 36 novels and 177 short stories.
  • His notable works include Padma Nadir Majhi (The Boatman on The River Padma, 1936) and Putul Nacher Itikatha (The Puppet’s Tale, 1936), Shahartali (Suburbia, 1941) and Chatushkone (The Quadrilateral, 1948).
  • In 1938,he started his career as the Headmaster of Mymensingh Teachers Training School.
  •  But, throughout his life, writing was the only source of income for Manik Bandopadhyay and, hence, he languished perpetual poverty.
  • However, for a short while he tried to enhance his earning through involvement with one or two literary magazines.
  • He worked as editor of Nabarun for a few months in 1934.
  • During 1937–38, he worked as assistant editor of literary magazine Bangasree.
  • He established a printing and publishing house in 1939 which turned out to be a short-lived endeavour.
  • Also, he worked as publicity assistant for the government of India in 1943.

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Ruskin Bond

Born:19 May 1934

  • He is an Indian author of British descent. He lives with his adopted family in Landour, Mussoorie, India.
  • The Indian Council for Child Education has recognised his role in the growth of children’s literature in India.
  • He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, his novel in English.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
  • The 1978 Bollywood film Junoon is based on Bond’s historical novel A Flight of Pigeons (about an episode during the Indian Rebellion of 1857).
  • It was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal.
  • The Rusty stories have been adapted into a Doordarshan TV series Ek Tha Rusty.
  • Several stories have been incorporated in the school curriculum in India, including The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra.
  • In 2005, the Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj made a film based on his popular novel for children, The Blue Umbrella.
  • The movie won the National Award for Best Children’s film.
  • He made his maiden big screen appearance with a cameo in Vishal Bhardwaj’s film 7 Khoon Maaf  in 2011, based on his short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands.
  • He appears as a Bishop in the movie with Priyanka Chopra playing the title role.
  • He had earlier collaborated with Bharadwaj in The Blue Umbrella which was also based on one of his works.

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