Monday, 26 March 2018

Room on The Roof by Ruskin Bond

Dear Reader,

It was probably because of the fact that I have read better works by Bond, because of which I failed to enjoy The Room on The Roof to the fullest. Although we must take into account that Bond was only 17 when he penned the novel down, and for a seventeen year old, the book does boast of a certain maturity that I can never put into words. Rusty, a young Anglo-Indian boy breaks away from his dominating guardian and embarks on a journey that leads him to the Room on The Roof where he has his own share of independence, romance and inexplicable memories and feelings.

"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.”

Can we call it a journey of self-discovery?

We do learn a lot of things, inclusive of the transience of friendships and romance. However, as Tennyson put it :

"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

 So, I am glad that I picked up this timeless tale of love and friendship, even though it was not one of Bond's finest works, it certainly was popular and you too definitely must grab the book here


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