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Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. He has been writing for over sixty years, and now has over 120 titles in print novels, collections of stories, poetry, essays, anthologies, and books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, received the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957. He has also received the Padma Shri, and two awards from the Sahitya Akademi one for his short stories and another for his writings for children. In 2012, the Delhi govern- ment gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Mussoorie with his adopted family. Archana Sreenivasan is a visual communication designer who particularly enjoys illustrating stories. She illustrates for magazines, picture books and comics, among other things. Archana holds a postgraduate diploma in animation film design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She lives in Bangalore.

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He did this several times. I waited until he wasn’t looking, then moved some way down my tree. When the bear looked over and saw that I was missing, he was so pleased that he stretched right across to another branch and helped himself to a plum. I couldn’t help bursting into laughter.

The startled young bear tumbled out of the tree, dropped through the branches some fifteen feet, and landed with a thump in a pile of dried leaves. He was unhurt, but fled from the clearing, grunting and squealing all the way.

The Flag ‘Bearer’

Another time, my friend Prem told me, a bear had been active in his cornfield. We took up a post at night in an old cattle shed, which gave a clear view of the moonlit field.

A little after midnight, a female bear came down to the edge of the field. She seemed to sense that we had been about. She was hungry, however. So, after standing on her hind legs and peering around to make sure the field was empty, she came cautiously out of the forest.

Her attention was soon distracted by some Tibetan prayer flags, which had been strung between two trees. She gave a grunt of disapproval and began to back away, but the fluttering of the flags was a puzzle that she wanted to solve. So she stopped and watched them.

Soon the bear advanced to within a few feet of the flags, examining them from various angles. Then, seeing that they posed no danger, she went right up to the flags and pulled them down. Grunting with apparent satisfaction, she moved into the field of corn.

Prem had decided that he didn’t want to lose any more of his crop, so he started shouting. His children woke up and soon came running from the house, banging on empty kerosene tins.

Deprived of her dinner, the bear made off in a bad temper. She ran downhill at a good speed, and I was glad that I was not in her way.

Uphill or downhill, an angry bear is best given a very wide path.

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  • Item Weight : 118 g
  • Paperback : 88 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 8129124637
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8129124630
  • Product Dimensions : 12.1 x 0.8 x 18.2 cm
  • Publisher : Red Turtle (1 January 2013)
  • Language: : English
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