Ruskin Bond Celebrates 90th Birthday in Mussoorie with the Release of 'Hold On To Your Dreams'

Ruskin Bond’s latest book, 'Hold On To Your Dreams,' launched on his 90th birthday in Mussoorie. This heartfelt letter to young readers shares his reflections, memories, and advice, offering a glimpse into his personal life and timeless wisdom.
Ruskin Bond's Hold On To Your Dreams

Ruskin Bond Celebrates 90th Birthday in Mussoorie with the Release of 'Hold On To Your Dreams'

Ruskin Bond's latest book, 'Hold on To Your Dreams', launched on his 90th birthday, is a testament to his enduring legacy. The celebrated author unveiled this heartfelt work on May 19 in Mussoorie at the Cambridge Book Depot, creating a memorable occasion for his readers and fans. The launch was a joyous event, capturing the essence of Ruskin Bond’s wisdom and experience.

A Heartfelt Letter to Young People

In 'Hold on To Your Dreams', Ruskin Bond shares his reflections and memories in the form of a letter to young people. He opens his personal space, narrating stories of his boyhood, friendships, lost loves, and the moments that shaped his life. With characteristic warmth, he writes about how his cat now occupies his chair and how he feels fortunate to have his family around him.
"I am lucky to be here after all these years, still putting words to paper..." - Ruskin Bond
Hold On To Your Dreams
Hold On To Your Dreams

Wisdom from a Lifetime of Experience

On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, Ruskin Bond offers readers a heartfelt collection of his most cherished memories and experiences. The book reflects on love, loss, friendship, frailties, solitude, and companionship—the bittersweet experiences that define human existence. It is complemented with poignant art, making it a timeless collection of life's learnings.

A Personal Story of Perseverance

Ruskin Bond emphasizes the importance of holding on to dreams. He shares a personal story of persistence from his early years in Uttarakhand. He dreamt of becoming a writer, a journey that took him three years to write his debut novel. Despite numerous rejections and extensive rewriting, his unwavering dedication led to the publication of his first book. This experience highlights how holding on to dreams can make all the difference.

Reflections on Ageing

In the book, Ruskin Bond reflects on the process of ageing and its bittersweet aspects. He discusses how growing older has influenced his writing and personal philosophy. He finds joy in looking back at a life filled with diverse experiences and cherished relationships. However, he also acknowledges the sadness of losing friends over the years. Despite this, he emphasizes the importance of treasuring the friends who remain and maintaining meaningful connections.
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Ruskin Bond Celebrates 90th Birthday in Mussoorie with the Release of Hold On To Your Dreams
"The nice thing about getting old as a writer is to look back on your life. You have met so many people, had friends and loved ones, and never run out of material. The bittersweet part is that as you get older, you lose friends as you outlive them. However, there will always be a few friends you can connect to if you are a good person. The thing is to hang on to them, treasure them, and do what you can do for them." - Ruskin Bond

A Milestone Celebration

Publisher Sohini Mitra shares her excitement about the release:
"We are delighted to be celebrating Mr. Bond’s milestone birthday this year with the publication of a brand new book. 'Hold On to Your Dreams' is a priceless collection of learnings, poignant life lessons, and treasured memories curated from a lifetime of experiences—a book that can be a wonderful companion, bedside reader, and at times, also a great teacher."
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Ruskin Bond Celebrates 90th Birthday in Mussoorie with the Release of Hold On To Your Dreams

A Perfect Gift for Young Readers

'Hold on To Your Dreams' offers hope, wisdom, courage, and strength, making it an ideal gift from one of the greatest writers and inspirational icons of our time. As Ruskin Bond turns ninety, this book stands as a testament to his enduring impact on readers across generations. We look forward to sharing the pictures from the book launch, capturing the essence of this special day in Mussoorie.
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Ruskin Bond Celebrates 90th Birthday in Mussoorie with the Release of Hold On To Your Dreams
'Hold On To Your Dreams' by Ruskin Bond is more than just a book; it is a heartfelt letter filled with life’s lessons, memories, and advice. It invites readers into the personal world of one of literature’s most beloved figures, offering inspiration and wisdom for young readers to cherish and hold on to their dreams, no matter the challenges they face.
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