Ruskin Bond is a British-Indian author who was born on May 19, 1934. Aubrey Alexander Bond, his father, was a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer stationed in India. In Shimla, he attended Bishop Cotton School. The Room on the Roof, his first novel, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957. In 1992, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel in English, Our Trees Still Grow in the Dehra. Bond has published a large number of short stories, essays, novels, and children’s books. In 1999, he received the Padma Shri, and in 2014, the Padma Bhushan. In Landour, Mussoorie, he lives with his adopted family. The following Best Ruskin Bond Quotes will help you understand him better and feel free to share these quotes online.
Best Ruskin Bond Quotes on Books
I get inspiration from a lot of things around me – nature, hills, people, and even insects.
You may not enjoy loneliness, because loneliness is sad. But solitude is something else; solitude is what you look forward to when you want to be alone, when you want to be with yourself. So, solitude is something we all need from time to time.
If I set out to write ‘War And Peace’ or ‘A Suitable Boy,’ I’d be miserable.
My first, ‘Room on the Roof,’ was the longest book I’ve written.
I’m a pickle fiend. I like all kinds of pickles: garlic pickle, lemon pickle, mango pickle, jackfruit pickle, you name it.
Ghosts are all around us. Look for them, and you will find them.
I don’t overwork – a couple of hours a day is fine for me.
Solitude helps you reflect.
A few years after my father’s death, my mother sent me to the United Kingdom for ‘better prospects’ in 1951. Those four years were not easy.
I like flowers. In my next life, maybe I can be a gardener.
I’ve lived in small rooms, flats, growing plants in pots on window sills. I’d have liked to have had a full-fledged garden with all kinds of flowers and plants. I’ve never had enough money to buy a big enough garden space. – Best Ruskin Bond Quotes
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Bonds’ Ideas and Saying
I had a bad habit of falling in love with any girl who was nice to me.
Holidays can become tedious without something to read.
The older you get, the lesser you are bothered by what others think.
Many people told me such convincing ghost stories that I felt that there really were ghosts, though I hadn’t seen any. And though I still haven’t seen a ghost, I feel that they are all around us; we are just not aware of them being there. – Best Ruskin Bond Quotes
I enjoy writing personal essays in the way of Charles Lamb because it goes back to the school days when I was good at writing essays.
I wrote ‘Time Stops at Shamli’ in 1956, shortly after ‘The Room on the Roof’ was published, and I couldn’t find anyone to publish it.
I am a compulsive writer.
For the film ‘Saat Khoon Maaf,’ which was adapted from my story ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands,’ I did collaborate on the screenplay. I even took a small role in the film, of a priest.
In my twenties, I wrote a lot of romantic stories in which I always lost the girl.
Ruskin Bond quotes on his love for books
One has to be ambitious to start writing.
Small places intrigue me. Whenever I tried moving to a larger city, I ran back to the hills.
There was Uncle Ken of mine about whom I wrote a lot of stories. I can always write stories about uncles and aunts and distant relatives. They have to be distant, though; otherwise, you’ll be in trouble. – Best Ruskin Bond Quotes
I have always discouraged young writers from self-publishing, by which I mean going to a vanity publisher and spending your hard earned savings – say, some two-three lakhs – and getting your book printed. It’s not published; it’s printed!
I keep a journal, like many writers do. It helps in writing a story, as you can use an incident from the journal and put in your story.
I have no real regrets.
I always look for a bookshop wherever I go.
All my works over the years have been autobiographical in the sense they reflect some part of my life, although I have fictionalized them to an extent. – Best Ruskin Bond Quotes
Books of exploration have always fascinated me, like somebody going up the Amazon for the first time.
Whenever I run out of people to write about, I cook up a few ghosts, or they appear before me.
The ghost story is a popular genre of mine and is particularly adaptable to the visual media.
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