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Ruskin Bond: Still Writing at Age 90

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
July 2024
Ruskin Bond: Still Writing at Age 90

Ruskin Bond, one of India’s most beloved authors, recently turned 90, an age when many people have not just retired, but retired twice. Some have retired from a full-time job, then retired from part-time billiards. If not billiards, then bridge, poker, or knitting.

Others have retired from a full-time job, grown tired of being retired, returned to the workforce, grown tired of being unretired, and retired again.

But Bond is not contemplating retirement. “I might not be very strong, but I can read and write,” the Mussoorie-based author told ANI. “I can do my work.”

Bond began writing when he was 15 and kept producing stories, poems, essays, and articles, despite not making much money. In an interview with News18, he said he “never made much money until, well, things picked up in the last four or five years. But before that, I was just writing because I love writing.”

Bond has written for three generations of readers. “I meet old people who read my stories 30 or 40 years ago,” he said. “So it makes me feel pretty ancient, which I am. But I’m still writing, if not every day, at least every second day. I try to do a page or two, either of a story or I keep a diary, a journal, that helps me in my writing.”


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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