Ever since I took my first dive in English literature, Ruskin Bond has been my one of the favorite author. His stories have fascinated me since my first read. I don’t know how many times I have reread them. But for some reason, Ruskin’s Rusty always have dodged me. It’s not the case that I didn’t get a chance to buy it before or it was out of print. When your bestie is with you and you both are very crazy about books, some things just click. I know one should not judge a book by its cover but guys, this edition of “The room on the roof” is so irresistible with a fabulous watercolor cover which you can’t just ignore and move on. We both bought it. That day, I changed my topic for ‘R’ of this A to Z challenge. It can’t be anything other than “Ruskin’s Rusty”
Just like any other Ruskin Bond book, it doesn’t let you leave the book without finishing the story. Or should I say, just like this book his all other stories hold you until you finish the reading? This is the first book Ruskin ever wrote. My copy being the special edition for the 60th anniversary of this award-winning book. It comes with a bonus of introduction by Tom Alter, and Ruskin’s special preface telling us the story covering the time past 60 years of this book. Eye catching water-color illustrations by Gunjan Ahlawat comes with the classic words of Ruskin as the special feature of this special edition.
As this is the first novel in the Rusty series, It introduces us to an Anglo-Indian boy from his late teens living his unhappy life with his stern guardian, who elopes the house of his guardian to live among his friends from the town of Dehra. It is fascinating to read how life can take turns so dramatically without giving any signs for the same. One fine day, Rusty is with his friends enjoying the hustle of bazaar, enjoying baths on the common tank in the town, eating chaats with his buddies, and then one by one, his well-wisher walk on different paths of their lives. To know what happens when lonely Rusty takes decision to leave Dehra for England, you better grab your copy. I am sure you won’t leave it until you get the answer of this question.
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I am participating in A to Z challenge with Blogchatter and this is my take on day 18 challenge. “R is about Ruskin’s Rusty”
15 thoughts on “Ruskin’s Rusty”
I am yet to read him… Okay, don’t give me those looks… I started reading pretty late and don’t read frequently as well!
But your view sounds very promising and I sure am going to give a try.
It’s ohk, I am not giving you any looks, I also have caught train of English literature pretty late. But I think it’s never late for good book. Just give it a try…
Ruskin Bond is my favourite too.
Lovely pictures those are.
I am a fan of Ruskin Bond myself, but haven’t had the opportunity to read this book. After reading your post, I shall definitely hunt it and read it 😀
Research is very important, but how much research do writers put in?
Readers of the Night
I remember reading stories by Ruskin Bond in school. Which means the memories of the same are quite vague. And after reading this post, I’ve decided to start afresh and take up reading Mr. Bond again. Cheers!
Rusty drew my attention to the post.
Always love his work
Yup… Rusty is fabulous
I also read books of Ruskin Bond. This one I haven’t read. Thanks for your review
Hey, Bikramjit, do read.. it’s a beautiful book
I loved his funny side up and I couldn’t stop adoring his sense of humor. You just reminded me to dive into his books again!
Ohh yeah, that book is also very funny just like the title says… I loved that too
Ruskin Bond is my favorite too. Look at those illustrations with watercolors. Love them
Ohh they are soooo adorable!!! I just love the book for those illustrations??????
Loved Ruskin Bond ever since my childhood. The illustrations add to the beauty.
ohhh I just can’t stop enjoying them everytime i pick this book…