He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist.
He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957.
At the outset we shall put forward three observations which we look upon as fundamental.
They have less bearing on the actually comic than on the field within which it must be sought.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature.
He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.
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Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic By Henri Bergson, member of the Institute Professor at the College de France Authorised Translation by Cloudesley Brereton L. Passing by imperceptible gradations from one form to another, it will be seen to achieve the strangest metamorphoses. Maybe we may gain from this prolonged contact, for the matter of that, something more flexible than an abstract definition,--a practical, intimate acquaintance, such as springs from a long companionship.
We shall confine ourselves to watching it grow and expand.