The Room on The Roof is the first novel by Ruskin Bond . It is about an orphaned boy named Rusty. He is very lonely and sad . Mr John Harrison is Rusty's guardian who has ruthless ways and strict rules .
Even though Rusty is half-Indian, John doesn’t let Rusty near the bazaar for a reason: John thinks that Indians are very dirty and this story is written just after the British had ruled over India, so he must have felt more superior!
Due to this Rusty decides to break free.So he goes to nearby market and makes many friends and starts living there.He discovers life is not that easy and he has to face a number of challenges that are waiting for him. Rusty finds Somi who supports him a lot.
Ruskin Bond also remarkably shows in the novel, how some strangers can become part and parcel of one’s life by showing a little tenderness and warmth. Rusty, the protagonist in the novel underwent same state and made some friends for lifetime. The novel is the winner of John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and is certainly a pleasure to read.