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The Room on the Roof (Rusty #1)

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The Room on the Roof is Ruskin Bond’s masterpiece of adolescence and coming of age. Written when the author was seventeen, it brilliantly describes the hopes and passions that capture young minds and hearts. A moving tale of love and friendship, it has endured as Bond’s most beloved novel.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 6th 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1987)
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Hriday
A fantastic book. Dehra - its hills, bazaars, street vendors, lakes and all the simple charms of a small town.

The best i have read of Ruskin Bond. It makes you rethink about your life, slow down and value the simple pleasures of life.

This book is simply profound and profoundly simple - one of the best i have read.

I wish i was Rusty, the protagonist :D
Gehna
Sep 25, 2015 Gehna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone :)
Recommended to Gehna by: Arpit Jain
4 Stars Full Of Freedom!!!


This book is about Rusty who runs away from his guardian house to live with his Indian friends. His guardian hates Indian, considers them to be inferior but Rusty found true love and friendship with his friends.

This book shows a lot of different aspects of villages in India. From the described natural beauty of Dehra to those hospitable families, everything is shown so well! So part were funny when Rusty was with his friends and some parts where emotional (view spo
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Gorab Jain
Jul 20, 2016 Gorab Jain rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gorab by: Arpit Jain
Shelves: indian, 2016
3.5/5
My first Ruskin Bond book and I'm surely going to read more by him. Coming of age simple narration (semi-biographical) by an Anglo-Indian. Loved the stress on friendship and individuality.
Thanks for the reco Arpit.
Anurag Kumar
Nov 01, 2010 Anurag Kumar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A Little about the Writer

Ruskin Bond is one of the most celebrated children’s authors in India. He has been actively writing since 1951. In his five decades of writing career Ruskin Bond has lost track of number of books he has written, and he is still active in the literary field enriching them with the tales from Himalayas where he has spent most of his life. Ruskin Bond has been felicitated by Sahitya Akademi Award and Padma Shri.

The Book

The Room on the Roof is Ruskin Bonds first novel, writt
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Sherin Punnilath
Nov 17, 2010 Sherin Punnilath rated it really liked it
Coming to think about it, there was nothing much about the story :)
This could have happened in the next street (& gone unnoticed). And that’s the beauty of this novella.

I began, thinking it’s going to be boring, but found it quite interesting. Simple & Good.
Jasmine
Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, is dissatisfied with life in the declining European community at Dehra Dun… Unhappy with the strict ways of his English guardian, Rusty runs away from home to live with Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into the dream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and other aspects of Indian life, Rusty is enchanted...and is lost forever to the prim proprieties of the European community... ‘Like an Indian bazaar itself, the book is filled with t ...more
Namratha
Ruskin Bond's works are the literary equivalent of quiet walks through mist shrouded hill stations. And The Room on the Roof is probably his crowning gem.

Written by Bond when he was seventeen years old, it tells the tale of a lonely teenage ango-indian boy called Rusty. Brought up under the harsh Victorian discipline of his European guardian in Dehra Dun, Rusty eventually rebels and breaks free. He discovers the true flavours of India and the convoluted meaning of friendship in a noisy earthy
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Nikhilesh
Mar 20, 2015 Nikhilesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nikhilesh by: Richa
"The light spring rain rode on the wind, into the trees, down the road; it brought an exhilarating freshness to the air, a smell of earth, a scent of flowers; it brought a smile to the eyes of the boy on the road."

These are unabashed fanboy worship five stars. The book is a simple young adult story about a seventeen year old boy discovering adulthood. I cant explain why I loved it so much the way you cant just explain why one loves good music*. As a child one book The Ruskin Bond Children's Omni
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Rohwit
May 27, 2016 Rohwit rated it really liked it
Blasphemous as it may sound...but my first ever Ruskin Bond book.

Absolutely loved it!
Astha Prakash
Apr 24, 2016 Astha Prakash rated it really liked it
Cannot believe he wrote this when he was seventeen. So beautifully written. The scenes so well-described, and feelings so effortlessly expressed. Loved the simplicity of it all. I was lucky to get this book autographed by him :)
Arnab Das
Aug 26, 2011 Arnab Das rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the most beautifully written and heartfelt novels I've read. Outstanding achievement for a teenage author (back when Ruskin Bond wrote this).
Sankrutyayan
Dec 10, 2015 Sankrutyayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rusty is an innocent and vulnerable boy who is drawn to the colourful world with each visit to the bazaar, learns something new, something that was inaccessible before. He was shut out from all that is Indian and was surrounded by things that are believed to be a part of the English way of life. The vulnerability of the youth living under the shadow of a strict guardian after the death of the parents was quite moving. There were situations where Rusty had conflicting thoughts and been indecisive ...more
Pankaj Suneja
May 23, 2015 Pankaj Suneja rated it really liked it
After reading this, i feel more inclined to reading the writing of Bond. His writing is so much closer to perception of nature. He touches the genuine and true emotions of any situation. I like his honesty. There is nothing superficial about it.
●Prerna●
Jul 30, 2016 ●Prerna● rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars/5 stars.
I read this book really a long long time ago. But I still remember the feels it gave; that's how powerful its impact on me was.
I re-read it recently and wanted to share my thoughts & opinions on this book.
As a kid and even now, Ruskin Bond's always been one of my favorite authors of all time. I loved how beautifully the nature is described in his writings. It gives me the déjà vu feels, even though I haven't been to those hilly regions.
This novel was really poignant.It h
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Satyabrat Mishra
Apr 01, 2014 Satyabrat Mishra rated it really liked it
Reading through Ruskin Bond's novels is like a walk through a best friend's life... the stories are always personal, simple and unclouded by the myriads of what's called 'style'.
Most of this book has been re-represented in the Rusty series, but still is a joy to read and forget about the world around you.
Piyush Behera
Feb 07, 2016 Piyush Behera rated it it was amazing
I was about to embark upon a journey when I got reminded that I have nothing new to read during the journey. Right then a casual glance on office PC, then into Amazon and viola I was surfing this book. Then some casual words by my junior, "Sir if you want to relive your adolescent days back again, you must give this book a shot". and there I was, all set. Honestly, I never regret making that last minute decision to for this one. The story encapsulates the life of a young Anglo-Indian chap, Rusty ...more
Anshuman Ansu
Jan 21, 2015 Anshuman Ansu rated it really liked it
Superbly written! The way Bond describes different emotions is fantastic! He was able to capture the moods and feelings in a simple yet subtle way. And to top it off, he was seventeen when he wrote this!! I need to go through more of his work! :D
Indrila
its a simple novel dealing bout a boy's insecure childhood wid his growing adoration n adolescent love
Parmesh Rudra
Aug 20, 2009 Parmesh Rudra rated it it was amazing
A Freah Take On Innocence And Aspirations Of Adolescence.
Kartik Kakkar
its a beatiful novel
Suhasini Srihari
Oct 26, 2015 Suhasini Srihari rated it really liked it
Easy read, though written by a seventeen year old boy, the story carries deep philosophy. Bond has made an impressive effort at such a young age, and his semi-autobiographical tone, indeed, has made the novel more emotional and personal. Rusty reminded me of Holden from "The Catcher in the Rye"; though both novels deal with different plots, yet a teenager's conflict and confusions is discussed brilliantly in a lucid writing. The abrupt ending, actually paves way for a ray of hope. A light and de ...more
Arpit Jain
Jul 09, 2016 Arpit Jain rated it really liked it
This was my first book of Ruskin Bond and I'm angry at myself for not reading Ruskin sir's work earlier.
This book is about Rusty, and his adolescence. Rusty- a character created by Mr. Bond, based on his own self, is the protagonist of the novel, and the story is inspired by author's own life. Kinda semi autobiographical work.
I fell in love with the author's language. Those misty mountain, the fresh breeze, the drizzle, the forest, the Bazaar, ahahh, everything, author described EVERYTHING in th
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Nitya Sivasubramanian
Jul 25, 2015 Nitya Sivasubramanian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5star
Like a breath of fresh air ruffling the stick strands of hair clinging to the nape of my neck, this tiny novella swept in and rinsed my soul clean of all the heavy tomes I've read lately. As crisp and spicy as the golguppa they eat so often, the book is a glimpse at the moment in a boy's life when he becomes a man.
Hari Sudhan
Jul 04, 2015 Hari Sudhan rated it it was amazing
A pleasant read and a book to remember from Ruskin Bond. The way he describes the rain, the festival, the culture through the eyes of a seventeen year old English boy is impeccable and makes me go back to it.
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
in the introduction anita somebody says about herself and her mom and her bro or sis living like 3 peas in a pod and rattling about, and i'm like -anita at least u have a house, not a apartment-smaller rooms therefore more mess in short time and my mom is after me 24/7 going on about my lack of hygiene, and messy room and i'm still sitting on gr and going PFFT.


...now come to think of it, this has absolutely no connection to rusty whatsoever, hmm. wonder if he had a room like a t-rex's litter box
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Sandeep
Dec 24, 2015 Sandeep rated it liked it
Rating 3.25/5
Ashwin
Nov 15, 2014 Ashwin rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, stories
This is my first book from Ruskin Bond. I should say that he is another master story teller. The Storyline of the book is around Rusty, vaguely representing his own life as an Anglo-Indian in Dehra Dun, is interesting and tempts you to read on. Coupled by clean narrations in simple English, this books makes a very good read. Now I should add more of his works to my to-read list.
Abhyudaya Shrivastava
I have a special attachment to this book because Ruskin Bond himself signed it for me. It has everything Ruskin stands for and more.

It's a story for young adults. The protagonist Rusty is a teen Anglo- Indian. There is a lot of adventure and coming-of-age stuff in the book. Ruskin's trademark humour doesn't leave him for one bit in the book. It makes the book much more than a delight. It's a gift you can give to a confused teen soul.

The innocent crush that Rusty has on Meena is the highlight ot
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Don
Jun 22, 2016 Don rated it really liked it
(FROM MY BLOG) I had never heard of the novel The Room on the Roof, by Ruskin Bond, until this past week, when I saw it listed as a "want to read" by a Goodreads friend. In fact, I'd never heard of Ruskin Bond.

But Bond is a fairly well-known Indian writer, now in his 80s, who has written novels, ghost stories, children's fiction, and poetry. The Room on the Roof was written, based on the author's own journal, in about 1951 when he was seventeen. In his "Introduction" to my Kindle edition, he mak
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Abhinav Yadav
Apr 12, 2016 Abhinav Yadav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters
1. Rusty (English Boy, 16 years)
2. Mr. John Harrison (Rusty's Guardian)
3. Somi (Sikh, he befriends Rusty first)
4. Ranbir (Heavy built, strong wrestler)
5. Suri (sikh boy)
6. Mr. Kapoor
7. Mrs. Kapoor (Meena; 20 years younger than Mr. Kapoor)
8. Kishen

Summary
Rusty is under the custody of his guardian, after the death of his parents. His guardian does not let him mix with non-european things (people and physical world). He want him to grow up into a european man despite living in Dehradun (
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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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“I don't want to rot like mangoes at the end of the season, or burnout like the sun at the and of the day. I cannot live like the gardener, the cook and water-carrier, doing the same task everyday of my life... I want to be either somebody or nobody. I don't want to be anybody.” 3 likes
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