Vikram Seth Quotes and Biography 2022

Vikram Seth is an Indian travel writer, novelist and poet who is 72 years of age as of the year 2022. He was born on 20th June 1952 and was born in Calcutta, India. He is well known for his novel The Golden Gate in the year of 1986 and also his epic novel A Suitable Boy in the year of  1993.

He is the son of a judge and a businessman who was raised in London and India. He has gone to exclusive Indian schools and was graduated in the Corpus Christi College, Oxford in the year of 1975. He got his master degree of economics in the Stanford University in the U.S. in the year of 1978 and also has attended Nanjing University in China. In the year of 1987 he came back to India to live with his family in NewDelhi.

Early life, Family and Relationship

Vikram Seth was born in Calcutta to Prem Nath Seth who was an executive of Bata Shoes whereas his mother Leila Seth was a barrister by training and was the first female judge of Delhi High Court and was the first woman to become the Chief Justice in a State High Court of India.

Father: Prem Seth

Mother: Leila Seth

Brothers: Shantum

Sisters: Aradhana Seth

He was educated in the all-boys private boarding school The Doon School in Dehradun where he was the editor-in-chief of The Doon School Weekly. In his school, he was influenced by a teacher who was a mountaineer named Gurdial Singh who taught him geography. His mother has stated that he was encouraged to appreciate Western music and get in him the love for adventure and daring.


Vikram Seth Success and career

Vikram Seth has published eight books of poetry and three novels and in the year of 1980, he has written Mappings his first book of poetry and the publication of A Suitable Boy made him taken to the limelight which was a 1349 pages book and it was also adapted as a BBC television drama miniseries in the year of 2020.

His second novel was An Equal Music which deals with the difficult love life of a violinist and his Two Lives, published in the year 2005 was a memoir of the marriage of his great-uncle and aunt. Apart from The Golden Gate he has also written poetry works like Three Chinese Poets in the year of 1992, Mappings in the year of 1980, The Humble Administrator’s Garden in the year of 1985 and All You Who Sleep Tonight in the year of 1990.

Vikram Seth quotes

1 I think goodness is about how person behaves to person, and also person to world, to nature.

2 The past is the past, and he can’t make amends, only hope that the gain will outlast the damage.

3 I’m not sure anyone can understand a whole life, even their own.

4 You will get what you want but you must want it and not just wish it.

5  My main motivation is not to get bored. I’m just hoping I get a vaguely maverick reputation.

6 Put your backbone where your wishbone is.

7 Fiction basically is a form of gossip where you want to enter other people’s lives, the lives of people you don’t know, and you want to know what’s going to happen to them.

8 Perhaps it is true that for all the evidence of the mirror, one pictures oneself in some deep niche of the mind as forever.

9 And an equation is the same whether it’s written in red or green ink.

10 You get your inspiration, suggestions wherever you have to, even from your mother.

11 God save us from people who mean well.

12 You can talk good ideas out of existence.

13 I don’t pick and choose subjects or settings, they pick and choose me.

14 Good music is good music, but it has to be good.

15 I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.

16 Is it not love that knows how to make smooth things rough and rough things smooth?

17 Of course, the greater one’s need, the greater one’s propensity to be mesmerized.

18 The thing about inspiration is that it takes your mind off everything else.

19 It’s not the gods, but our own hearts we need to fear. The evil starts against all odds not there but here.

20 Think of many things. Never place your happiness in one person’s power. Just be to yourself.

Vikram Seth quotes and biography 2022


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