The Blue Umbrella is a novella by Ruskin Bond, wherein he weaves a beautiful story of an ordinary village girl Binya and her love for the blue umbrella. Binya traded this beautiful blue umbrella for her only possession, a leopard claw necklace. So, this story is basically about the struggles of Binya to keep the umbrella safe from everyone and how she ended up giving it to someone out of a sudden realisation.
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.❤️
The Blue Umbrella is a short fiction written by Ruskin Bond & published by Rupa Publications. The author’s first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was 17, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, essays, poems & children’s books. He has also written over 500 short stories & articles that have appeared in a number of magazines & anthologies. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, a collection of short stories & the Padma Shri in 1999.
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 heartwarming tale of a simple village girl and the characters revolving around her. They have their own share of flaws and through a process of self scrutinization they finally overcome it. Using his simple yet extraordinary style of narration, Ruskin Bond manages to surprise his readers at the end and the impact he leaves is beyond words.
A pretty little umbrella which is blue in color brings unbound happiness in Binya’s life. She carries it everywhere with so much love and affection. There is this old shopkeeper Ram Bharosa who is eyeing this prized possession of the young girl of Garhwal. He tries to have his way and get the umbrella under his paws. Would he be successful?
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.
I am new to English language books. So, just want to try out some random books to start my journey in English literature. Found it randomly in Amazon with such a less price. At first I was little shocked to see how tiny and short book it is. But as I start reading it, oh my my...such a beautiful story of a hillside girl. There is nothing extraordinary but it's all about those minute details that the writer protraied with so much affection and in such delightful way. For all those story lovers and who want to start their English literature journey this is a must book written in so simple language that you don't need to look up to dictionary everytime.
If I have to sum this book in one word then it would be 'beautiful'. Only Ruskin Bond can pen down such a touching story in few pages.
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.
Author : Ruskin Bond Publisher: Rupa 'The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.' 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. The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a children’s book. The story is short and simple but elegantly touches the core aspect of humanity - kindness. Through Binya Ruskin instils a sense of kindness among children. It also teaches us one important thing "ख़ुशी लेने से ज्यादा देने में होतीे है".It is an amazing read for all. overall rating : ✩✩✩✩/5
It's very inspiring story. The way Ruskin Bond has narrated the story is incredible. He takes me a tour to himalayas through his narration. From this book i have understood that Life is not about getting something from anyone it is about giving to others to make them to feel happy 😊.
Being a part of Tehri garhwal myself, I didn't only read this book but lived every word of it. This was my first time reading Ruskin's book and this book made me fall in love with the way this man writes, the way he describes every little aspect of nature is really beautiful. The language he uses is simple yet so gripping and unordinary.
Ruskin Bond's books have a tendency of dealing with the reality. I have read many short stories by the author and everytime i wonder at his proficiency in putting forward the basic attributes of living in a very simple manner. All his stories are easy to read and simply understandable. The speciality about his books is that you would come to find a message that he wants to convey through the story. I have not read much of his children's books because of not being a voracious reader in childhood. However i have many of his short stories. Lately i got a chance to read one of his novella and i really enjoyed reading it.
The blue umbrella is the story of a young girl Binya who lived in a hill village of Garhwal with her mother and brother. Unlike his brother, she always like to wander in the forests and hills. One day, when she had taken her cows for grazing in the woods, her eyes fall on a beautiful silk-fabric blue umbrella. She immediately wanted to own that, but on coming closer she realised that the umbrella belongs to a middle-aged lady who was picnicking with her family. Later she exchanged her leopard's claw pendent for the umbrella. She was the happiest girl in her village who always takes her attractive and eye-catching umbrella wherever she visit. Ram Bharosa, owner of a tea stall was very jealous of Binya. He wanted to own that umbrella for which he had played many tactics but to no avail. Next follows his relentless efforts of capturing that umbrella. Would he succeed in snatching the most precious possession of Binya ?
The storyline is simple and compelling. Ruskin Bond has expressed his views on the art of giving and how does it works. It is a short read and could be easily completed in one or two hours. Moreover being a short read, it freshens the reader's mind.