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Vagrants in the Valley (Rusty #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  310 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This book is a sequel to "A room on the roof".

Rusty is joined in his travels by Kishen, as they venture further into the unknown.

They discover new friends and participate in more escapades but also begin to understand the complexities of growing up and the boundaries that circumscribe even the freest spirits.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 1987)
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Hriday
Mar 14, 2008 Hriday rated it really liked it
The mood of "A room on the roof" continues. Kishen, Devinder, Mr Pettigrew, Goonga, Lafunga add to the richness of experience that Rusty gains.

The paragraph below summarises not just this book but all of Ruskin Bond's works:

"I have read nothing like that from India or anywhere else. It's very simple. Everything is underplayed, and the truths of the book come rather slowly at you. He is writing about solitude, tremendous solitude. He himself doesn't say it. He leaves it all to you to pick up. I h
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Naman Mukesh Chaudhary
This book is a sequel to "A room on the roof" but it isn't as awesome as its prequel, though it has its own unique elements which will make the reader admire it and love it. The description of characters is one of those elements in this book which can be rated as outstanding! While reading about the people who live inside this book, we ourselves will feel like being a best friend of them. Ruskin Bond has done a great job in making his characters get familiar with the reader’s heart. I really ...more
Jitendra
May 30, 2015 Jitendra rated it it was amazing
The story is simple, crisp and flows like a river. Probably this is why people love Ruskin bond books.
Sandeep
Apr 07, 2016 Sandeep rated it it was amazing
The story starts of where The Room On the Roof left off. This book was written sometime in the 1950's. As a result the plot is free of all those technological advancements, which we are used to, on a day to day basis.

I found this book to be truly awesome, infact even better than the prequel Room On the Roof.

These days when more and more people are engaged in competition, rat race, race to become rich lead a superior lifestyle, here is a book, which shows how simple it was back then! Age was ju
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Dimitra Muni
Apr 29, 2015 Dimitra Muni rated it liked it
Nice book from Ruskin bond ,sequel of The room on the roof.I think it was nice book in its own way, not to be compared with The room on the roof.Great characters and interesting dynamics between them.All of his books are about journey ,arent they ?
Gorab Jain
Dec 02, 2016 Gorab Jain rated it liked it
Shelves: indian, 2016
Sequel to the Room on the Roof, not quite as impressive as the first part. Follows the signature Ruskin Bond narration full of simplicity.
What I loved most was the way Rusty evolved a little more mature, detaching himself from everything in life and always moving on.
And yet again, very apt title!
dunkdaft
Nov 22, 2016 dunkdaft rated it liked it
Maybe I will read it again? under a tree at silent place with a water body nearby. With no loose connection around me. Maybe that day I will be connected more to it.
C.R. Narayanan
Aug 05, 2014 C.R. Narayanan rated it really liked it
“Vagrants in the valley” is the sequel of “The room on the roof.” The book isn’t as awesome as its prequel, but it has its own unique elements which will make the reader admire it and love it. The description of characters is one of those elements in this book which can be rated as outstanding! While reading about the people who live inside this book, we ourselves will feel like being a best friend of them. Ruskin Bond has done a great job in making his characters get familiar with the reader’s ...more
Arnab Das
Mar 10, 2012 Arnab Das rated it it was ok
I had high expectations from this book. After reading The Room on the Roof, one can be excused for having such expectations from the sequel. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed, but I wasn't overly enthralled either. If you've read the room on the roof, this is pretty much a must read for it brings the tale of Rusty to a conclusion.
Sourab
May 13, 2013 Sourab rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
'Vagrants in the Valley' , which takes up just where Room on the Roof left. Not as inspiring as it's predecessor, it certainly is a nice one from bond. Though I must not give away anything from the book, or I'll be giving away spoilers for Room on the Roof. Although I must say it failed to work the 'Bond magic' on me.
Parvathi Ram
Apr 12, 2013 Parvathi Ram rated it really liked it
good read on a lazy day....lifts your mood and transfers you to the enchanting lands of uttarakhand. every once in a while, everyone longs for a carefree life as enjoyed by the protagonist and his friend(s).
Mallika Mahidhar
Nov 15, 2014 Mallika Mahidhar rated it liked it
"I'm going to Europe and America and Japan and Timbuctoo. I'm going everywhere, and no one can stop me."
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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 establi
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