This enchanting novel by Ruskin Bond is written in his trademark close-to-nature style. The world-renowned author writes from his true experience of the world. This story is autobiographical in nature.
This novel takes the reader on a journey of rural India through the eyes of a 16-year old boy .The panorama of the advancing Indian Monsoon adds a melodious romance to the novel. Bondâ€™s bold yet touching style of writing combined with the intriguing story and plot make this novel an engaging adventure. Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957, this book is a page-turner.
Like the Indian bazaar itself, the book is filled with smells, sights, sounds, confusion and subtle organization of ordinary Indian life.
Rusty, the hero of the novel is unhappy with his strict guardian & being confined to the declining Euopean community in Dehra Dun Finally, one day he is bold enough to venture into forbidden Indian Territory. He meets â€~Somiâ€™ the Sikh boy. A boy of strange perpetual rejoices, he soon becomes Rustyâ€™s best friend. â€~Ranbirâ€™, Hindu by caste, and the strongest wrestler in the bazaar invokes in Rusty a rebellious spirit that earns him his freedom for life. Then there is Suri. Bespectacled and owlish to behold, Suri possesses an almost criminal cunning, and is both respected and despised by all who know him. His interests are confined to people and their privacies; which privacies, when known to Suri, are made public.
After running away from home, his newfound friendsâ€™ shelter him and soon he gets a job as an English teacher of Mr. Kapoorâ€™s son. Mr. Kapoor was once a rich man who has lost his job because of his addiction to alcohol.
His only support is his lovely wife Meena who soon takes a special place in Rustyâ€™s heart. But the most important member of the family is their son Kishan, who also becomes Rustyâ€™s best friend. They have a lovely time together and Meena gives Rusty the best gift of his life. A lonely room on their houseâ€™s roof. His very own room! Scarcely furnished, but incredibly close to the Banyan tree, and nature in general. A place he could call home.He called it â€~ The room on the Roof â€™
_______Review written by- Jatin Vij