The Room On The Roof | Book Review

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Book Review | The Room on the Roof

  • The Room on the Roof by Ruskin bond
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
  • Genre: Literature/Fiction/History
  • Pages: 208
The Room on the Roof
Unfortunately, I actually have not read any Ruskin bond books before and accidentally I found “The Room on the Roof” within the library below children’s fiction section. Further enquiring I came to know that Mr. Bond has written this book at the age of just seventeen and even won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Stumbling upon plot I with impatience determined to quickly browse this semi-autobiography work. Read an entire critical review and opt for your 1st art critic bond book if you haven’t before.
So “The Room on the Roof” may be a story regarding sixteen-year-old Anglo Indian orphan boy rusty WHO lives along with his guardians mister. Harrison and his wife in the European part of Dehra Dun. Being pure English man Mr. Harrison & family prefers to remain away with the Indians & their culture simply because they’re dirty, unmannered and insist rusty to groom the same way as instructed. Being a teenager rusty doesn’t like those strict rules and instructions. This behavior troubles rusty and often leads to a sad, lonely and helpless feelings.
Secretly one day Rusty visits Indian Baazar. While returning to the home he makes friends named Somi and Ranbir but got beaten by Mr. Harrison for venturing into bazar. The next day Ranbir invites him to play Holi. In spite of strict instruction rusty escape for the full day and all over again gets caned viciously. Suddenly unable to control the frustration, Rusty beats back and ran away from the guardian’s house. He set to measure life severally in Indian Bazaar along with his friends. He feels good being there, discovering new festivals, seeing new customs and diversity of Indian culture.
Rusty also finds his friends are kind-hearted, very supportive and helping with his every small need. Soon Somi arranged a job in Mr. Kapoor’s house to show English lessons to their son Kishen. Rusty begins obtaining free food reciprocally and starts living within the area on the roof of mister. Kapoor. Later Rusty falls in love with drunkard Mr. Kapoor’s beautiful wife Meera who was 20 years older than his husband. From a young teenage boy now rusty has becomes a strong and independent man. Their affair blossomed quickly but didn’t last long. (Not giving a spoiler here) Again Rusty finds himself in a sad, alone and hopeless state.
Will rusty ready to find his purpose in life again?Will rusty board constant place or escape? How and can friends ready to confront rusty to chuck his love and move on?  All such questions get answered in the ending. So higher to scan a review than the outline.

The best thing about this book is…

  • A heartwarming and absolute old classic.
  • Simple however fascinating teenaged plotline full of packed with emotions.
  • Every reader can relate situations described in a book.
  • Remind us of our first teen friendship and how true friends stood by you in a harsh time.  
  • I personally love Somi’s character. The affection and friendship level of Somi was truly poignant.
A Must-read book of Ruskin Bond. (4/5)
You can buy it from here and it’s listed as one of the 100 books to read in a lifetime list by Amazon.

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