It was a full house as fans, age no bar, showed up in full force to get up close and personal with their favourite author Ruskin Bond at the Crossword Bookstore in Frazer Town for the launch of his book, The Adventures of Rusty, a collection of short stories, published by Penguin India.

The author fielded questions from the audience with easy humour. He talked about his writing, reading choices, life in the hills, Harry Potter and his overzealous efforts to plant a kiss on Priyanka Chopra during the shooting of Saath Khoon Maaf, which was based on his story, Susanna’s Seven Husbands. A few students read his poems and Bond enthralled his fans with a new poem, Hip Hop Nature Boy.

During his brief stay in Bangalore, he visited Lalbagh and Koshy’s. He recalled an historical account of Bangalore that he had written for the Bangalore Golf Club, a decade ago. As he drifted back to the hills, his sanctuary, he said he loved to stay in bed for an extra few minutes every morning to bask in the warmth of the sun streaming through the window, a warmth he seems to take with him wherever he goes.

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