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Vagrants in the Valley

(Rusty #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  34 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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Gorab Jain
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian, z2016
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!
Sharmila °˖✧
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
ACTUAL RATING : 4.5 stars
This is a continuation of 'The Room on the roof' for which i had written a review here few weeks ago. Like 'The room on the roof' this part is also a wonderful read for me. In fact i got a little emotional towards the end of the book and found my eyes burning a bit!! Hehe :P
I decided to rate it a 0.5 star less because at some rare situations i found that this is a tiny bit less interesting than the first book. Anyway i really enjoyed the reading and would definitely rec
Mar 14, 2008 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
Naman Chaudhary
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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 lik ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story is simple, crisp and flows like a river. Probably this is why people love Ruskin bond books.
Tina Das
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The little things, the little adventures in life that make it all worth while. The little things are what shape us a person.
Going through places like the church, ghanta ghar makes me feel extremely vulnerable. To know that I've been in these haunts makes me happy with glee.
Maybe it's not all fiction.
Maybe we're all stories waiting to be written.
Apr 07, 2016 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
Dimitra Muni
Apr 28, 2015 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 ?
Lokesh Singh
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a dilemma in its own. Sometimes you feel , the writing is done, in a manner, to make you feel restless and imposes the solitude of the character on you and at the same time , the thrill of an adventure , the enigma of a saunter through a jungle.And the bravado of youth. Yet in the end , the loneliness last longer than the memory an adventure. It makes you feel lonely, odd , incomplete, and wanting for more. This cocktail of emotion runs deep inside and give this story a flavour of i ...more
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This sequel to The Room on The Roof takes time to get you to like it. For one, there are no affable friends like Somi, Ranbir, etc. who brought Rusty out of his loneliness and introduced him to the joys of the Bazaar. However, we do have an interesting range of characters, including Kishen who's drastically different from the earlier book.

There's a lot of moving around and less of Dehra, but you see Rusty becoming a man each day in the book, and that's something.
Abhishek Singh
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the Ruskin bond’s classic. This book is the second part of the novel ‘The Room On the Roof’. You will love reading about the little adventures of Rusty. The story flows so smooth and the journey will make you fall in love with this book. Check this article about 40 Best Ruskin Bond Books!! ...more
John A Raju
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A sequel to 'A Room on the Roof', the story follows Rusty's adventures and the new people and old friends he meets during his travels. Though not quite hitting the peak notes of its predecessor, the book retains the inimitable Ruskin Bond flavor and is another quick read.
Anjani Gupta
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Govind Pilla
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The first one the room on the roof is more of a self discovery.

The second one is journey, not bad but not better than the first one
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
This sequel to the "The room on the roof" cover the life of Rusty till he leaves for London. Interesting story and adventures of Rusty and his friends.
Deepita Keshari
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was fine but the depiction of women and the mute boy was unpalatable for me.
Sanjay Chandra
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The dreams of a 17 years old, his efforts at finding his roots, and start of a journey to future. Another beautiful story
Nitin Bhatt
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the sequel.
Sia Ahsan
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book that portrays the impermanence of mortality and the futility of human nature, in such a beautiful manner....
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Light read. But full of life. Wish I'd read more of Ruskin Bond as a kid.
Suyog Garg
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Without doubt a must read. Follows the plot immediately after the end of ‘The Room on the Roof’. Impressive story, makes you want to just run away and join the ethereal Rusty on his walks around the country. Obviously recommended. A must read for any Ruskin Fan.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of Ruskin Bond, a sequel to the room on the roof. The storyline continues with Rusty who runs away from home with his friend Kishan, the adventures they have and the new friends they make. What binds readers to this book is Bond's signature style of simple writing. The thing I absolutely love about his books is the way nature is an integral part of his writing. The way he describes the woods, the sky, tea gardens and rivers, they come live in the eyes of readers and leave ...more
Ekta Kubba
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vagrants in the Valley picks up from where The Room on the Roof ends. It continues on the path of Rusty's self-discovery as well as his understanding of the real India. A number of Rusty's friends and acquaintances from The Room on the Roof are not in the story. His friends Somi and Ranbir have gone from Dehra for good. Suri is not there to trouble his friends any more. And what happened to Mr. Kapoor and Meena is well-known to those who have read The Room on the Roof. But there is Kishen bhayiy ...more
Jinay Shah
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up immediately where The Room On The Roof left off and doesn’t fail to impress. I would say that this one is even better than the first one. Rusty and Kishen decide to travel the valleys, just for the hell of it. They aren’t sure of what they want to do with their life and just decide to travel to places meanwhile. The book describes Rusty's journeys through the forests and fields and rivers of the Himalayas. I often thought how life was so simple for Rusty back then. He just tra ...more
C.R. Narayanan
Jul 22, 2014 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
Sep 03, 2011 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.
Feb 01, 2013 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.
Swagatam Nath
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a standalone novel is quite impressive. Simple signature Bond narrative makes it an enjoyable read. But feels a little less interesting at times compared to "A Room on the Roof" even though the writing is more mature. The vivid descriptions and the character evolution is a strong point here. Bond makes us fall in love with the mountains.
Parvathi Ram
Apr 12, 2013 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 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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