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18 Apr 2019, 16:39 HRS IST
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  • Would like to write, read and sleep: Ruskin Bond at 83
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  • , would he change anything?

    "Perhaps, a few more love affairs," he replies promptly.

    On a serious note, he wishes he had been kinder to some people, particularly his mother, who separated from his father when Bond was eight and married another man.

    "I could have been a bit kinder to people, maybe more understanding of my mother - hadn't been too censorious and been a little supportive. Sometimes one feels guilty, that one could've done more for someone," he reminisces.

    Happiness, he believes, is an "elusive" word. "But you could say contentment is there," he says.

    Written with Bond's quintessential wit and warmth, the autobiography, published by Speaking Tiger, takes readers back in time to the genesis of some of his memorable works.

    As for naming his autobiography, given a chance, he says, he will call it "Twenty-Two Steps", after the 22 steps, each of a different shape and size, that lead to his quaint Ivy Cottage in the hills.

    The book also contains over 50 photographs, some never published before, capturing the author's life.

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