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BOOK REVIEW ‘THE ROOM ON THE ROOF’ by Ruskin Bond
Reviewed by Saurabh Singh Is it a adore relationship? Or we should call it a moving plot of love and friendship? The classic novel The Room on the Roof by Ruskin bond is in my opinion, a unique and gripping blend of these genres. Written in 1953, it is an epic teenager saga full of excitement, experience, happiness and friendship. The tale is set in Dehradun, focusing on Rusty, his aunt and his friend. The writer focuses on Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, who is orphaned, and has to live with his English guardian in the claustrophobic European part of the town, in Dehradun. Unhappy with the strict ways of his guardian, Rusty runs away from home to live with his Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into his dreams – the 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. I was impressed by the room on the roof, Rusty’s private space, a place where he can examine his thoughts and feelings. I feel jealous of him as I also adored spending some time there in a tranquil way. One aspect, I found disappointing was the unusual behaviour of his uncle, Mr. Harrison, which forces Rusty to hate him. He wanted Rusty to be an English businessmen but he wants to be a writer. Likewise, his friend were intercultural and interesting. The gripping part of the plot is when they all gather at bazaar, at the chat shop and have some spicy snacks. The writer ensures that we will adore them because the reasons for their true friendship and immense love. In fact this is the main reason why I believe this novel is so brilliant. The main part of the book relies on the Kapoors. Mr. & Mrs. Kapoor are Rusty’s friend’s parents, and I think that this is a useful device which hold the complex plot together. However, The Room on the Roof in...
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