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The Blue Umbrella Paperback – 7 January 1992
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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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- Item Weight : 72.6 g
- Paperback : 90 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9788171673407
- ISBN-13 : 978-8171673407
- Product Dimensions : 11.1 x 0.47 x 17.8 cm
- Publisher : Rupa Publications (7 January 1992)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 8171673406
- Best Sellers Rank: #20 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story conveys multiple emotions, like the happiness for small things, materialistic joys, kindness and jealousy over the beautiful umbrella and it's ends with a beautiful message, that there is more joy in giving, then owning something.❤️
Our protagonist of the story is Binyadevi or Binya as she is called by everyone from her village. She lives a simple life with her mother & elder brother Vijay or Bijju. One fine day she acquires a beautiful bright blue umbrella from some picnickers who came at the hills of Garhwal in exchange of her lucky leopard’s claw necklace. The story beautifully revolves around how she gets attached to the umbrella while a shopkeeper named Ram Bharosa eyed on it & plans to acquire it somehow.
Ruskin Bond is one of my favorite author of all time. His simplicity in writing the stories just sweep me away. I’m so glad I picked up this small book which refreshed my mind totally. The characters have been etched as ordinary as one can get & that’s what makes Bond’s writing mesmerizing. The language, cover & title, everything is on point.
A simple and short story of kindness and humanity is The Blue Umbrella. In this classic novella, Ruskin paints a vivid image of Garhwal where the story is set. Binya exchanges her leopard’s claw pendant for the blue silk umbrella. And when she comes across the frenzied and despairing state of Ram Bharosa, she does the unimaginable. As she says that an umbrella is not everything. This displays her sensibility and humility. This act of hers opens the heart of the old shopkeeper and positivity flows in. In short, there is a mix of heroism and redemption in this sweet story which is an ideal read for kids but could be equally enjoyed by the adults.
The story narrates the characters around her life and how she fell in love with a blue umbrella and gives away her lucky charm for it and yet gives away the umbrella only to see Ram Bharosa happy.
Binya's story beautifully portrays how life is much more than attachment to materials and that "What goes around comes around" in a positive way.
Binya is an ordinary girl from hills who have not seen any luxury in her life. One day, she meets picnickers and saw an alluring bright blue umbrella. Her love for the umbrella was instant and after the demand of picnickers, she exchanges her lucky charm over the blue umbrella.
This blue umbrella becomes the talk of the town. Some envied her, some feel happy for her. Overall, this umbrella brings various adventure in the life of Binya.
This book has a very good ending, which I have not expected and at this point, this book becomes a mature reading.
I am really touched by this book, I am so glad that I read this book. I am still lingering with the thoughts of this book.
This book can be finished in 20 minutes so if you have read this book yet then you should definitely pick it up.
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I totally recommend the book but see if you can lay your hands on a Kindle edition that has been made by anyone other than Ninestars Information Technologies Ltd. because these guys suck big time or better still buy the paperback version.