Quotes by Ruskin Bond

"and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful."

"To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast"

"People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no two sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity.

Of course, some people want literature to be difficult and there are writers who like to make their readers toil and sweat. They hope to be taken more seriously that way. I have always tried to achieve a prose that is easy and conversational. And those who think this is simple should try it for themselves."

"Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There's nothing wrong with them; but they are missing out on one of life's compensations and rewards. A great book is a friend that never lets you down. You can return to it again and again and the joy first derived from it will still be there."

"How evanescent those loves and friendships seem at this distance in time…We move on, make new attachments. We grow old. But sometimes, we hanker for old friendships, the old loves. Sometimes I wish I was young again. Or that I could travel back in time and pick up the threads. Absent so long, I may have stopped loving you, friends; but I will never stop loving the Day I loved you."

Books by Ruskin Bond

  • Treasure Island
  • 420,681 ratings
  • June 10th 2018 by Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd

    (first published 1883)

  • Peter Pan
  • 302,739 ratings
  • December 10th 2017 by Speaking Tiger Books

    (first published 1904)

  • The Jungle Book
  • 108,095 ratings
  • March 1st 2014 by Rupa Publications India

    (first published 1894)

  • The Second Jungle Book
  • 3,324 ratings
  • August 1st 2016 by Rupa Publications India

    (first published November 1895)

  • Best Of Ruskin Bond
  • 2,649 ratings
  • April 1st 2016 by India Penguin

    (first published October 14th 2000)

Ruskin Bond
  • Ruskin Bond

  • Date of birth: May 19, 1934
  • Born: in Kasauli, India.

  • Description: Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. 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. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best-loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India.

    In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in India. 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.