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The Blue Umbrella – Book Review

  • Author: Ruskin Bond
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications; Latest Edition edition (7 January 1992)
  • Language: English

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In exchange for her lucky leopard’s claw pendant, Binya acquires a beautiful blue umbrella that makes her the envy of everyone in the village, especially Ram Bharosa, the shopkeeper. It is the prettiest umbrella in the whole village and she carries it everywhere she goes.

The Blue Umbrella is a short and humorous novella set in the hills of Garhwal. Written in simple yet witty language, it captures life in a village – where ordinary characters become heroic, and others find opportunities to redeem themselves.

My Review

‘The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.’

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.


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11 thoughts on “The Blue Umbrella – Book Review

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  2. Such a well written reflection on the bookn 🙂 Ruskin Bond indeed has a way with words! His writing, deceptively simple and yet striking, stays with readers and before long, turns them into lifelong patrons of his art.
    Have you read ‘The Room On The Roof’?

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