New collection of stories from Ruskin Bond on his birthday

New Delhi: Novelist Ruskin Bond, who celebrated his 77th birthday Thursday, gifted his fans a brand new collection of stories about one of his most endearing characters - the eccentric, bumbling Uncle Ken.

‘Crazy Times with Uncle Ken’ includes old classics as well as new stories, a statement by Penguin-India said. A Puffin imprint, the book is priced at Rs.199.

Uncle Ken is one of those people who do not do much but a great deal happens around them.

Whenever Uncle Ken arrives at Grandma`s house, which he does often, trouble erupts. Uncle Ken drives his car into a wall, is mistaken for a famous cricketer, troubled by a mischievous ghost, chased by a swarm of bees and attacked by flying foxes.

Be it the numerous bicycle rides with the author or his futile attempts at finding a job, Uncle Ken`s misadventures provide huge doses of laughter.

Born in Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun, New Delhi and Simla.

He wrote his first novel, "The Room on the Roof", when he was 17.

Bond was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written over 300 short stories, essays and novellas (including Vagrants in the Valley and A Flight of Pigeons) and more than 30 books for children.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India in 1993, and the Padma Shri in 1999.