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The Room on the Roof (Puffin Classic) [Paperback]

Ruskin Bond
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19 September 2008 Puffin Classic
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.

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About the Author

Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India.

He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin India (19 September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143330799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143330790
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Review of book 2 July 2014
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I feel the book was overly priced as compared to your competitors. You should provide more options of price or more options of reading like digital edition and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read 20 June 2014
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i liked the way how the natue and the childhood of a young boy of sixteen is shown here.
the book also views the psychology of a sixteen year old boy......
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 16 May 2014
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Cant describe in words.....just awesome. Wonderful work of ruskin bond. All time favourite of mine. Just love this great novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No match! 22 April 2014
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I happened to read it, in Dehradun, where most of the plot is set in the book. I purchased it in first place, because i wanted to know, how Ruskin Wrote when he was 17-19 years old(because i'm a wannabe author too). The metaphors that he used almost regularly throughout the book is baffling, i ravished it. The ravenous thirst of some really natural and not market intended story line, was absolutely full filled. Though it is a puffin classic, it can be read by adults too. It's a story of coming out of the identity of nothing, streaming through the love hardships of teenage boy. Full filling read...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Room On The Roof - by Ruskin Bond 9 July 2000
By Jatin Vij - Published on
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. Bond’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€~Somi’ the Sikh boy. A boy of strange perpetual rejoices, he soon becomes Rusty’s best friend. â€~Ranbir’, 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 friends’ shelter him and soon he gets a job as an English teacher of Mr. Kapoor’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 Rusty’s heart. But the most important member of the family is their son Kishan, who also becomes Rusty’s best friend. They have a lovely time together and Meena gives Rusty the best gift of his life. A lonely room on their house’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 ’
_______Review written by- Jatin Vij
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella For Kids 25 December 2001
By "gsibbery" - Published on
Ruskin Bond penned this novella when he was only 17 years old in 1951, and I think it is an excellent book for everyone but for young people in particular. The story started in this book is continued in "Vagrants In The Valley", and if you get this book, I suggest you also get "Vagrants" as it completes and complements this book nicely. Both books are semi-autobiographical and offer a very good glimpse into the "real India". Although it may be said to lack a certain depth or maturity, the book hold up surprisingly well with repeated readings due to its perennial freshness and wonder. We follow our young hero as he leaves a domineering and hostile, suffocating environment with his English guardian to explore the world beyond the protestant community that he was raised in. He essentially becomes a vagrant, but he discovers his freedom as well, and goes on to make friends with several other street children of the bazaar. He gets his first job, falls in love with an older woman, and grows a good deal in the book, before taking to the road and leaving his hometown when it no longer has anything to offer him. The end of the book will kind of leave you hanging if you don't read the sequel. By itself, I would give this book a three-star rating, but when combined with "Vagrants" I would promote it to a four-star. The innocence of a young writer and the yearning for adventure shine through particularly well in this little delight of a book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, timeless 19 September 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I read this book as part of my high school curriculum, many years ago. I have read it quite a few times hence. Bond brings out Dehradun so beautifully...
5.0 out of 5 stars its a timeless legacy 26 April 2014
By Sekharreddyer - Published on
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its hard to believe that ruskin wrote it when he was 17!I enjoyed it.While reading it I felt as if I was involved in it.I loved it
4.0 out of 5 stars He Was 17 when He Wrote It 26 March 2014
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No one is perfek so I gave it 4 stars. It is located in the part of India when I went to High school and it got me.

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