The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is one of the most loved authors of India. I was longing to read his books from a very long time. When I saw ‘Unhurried tales’ on kindle deals at just Rs.9, I grabbed my copy without a second thought. It is a collection of eight novellas by Ruskin Bond.

1. Time stops at Shamli
2. Bus stop, Pipalnagar
3. The Last Tiger
4. Angry River
5. The Blue Umbrella
6. Night of the Leapord
7. Tales of Fosterganj
8. Afterward: A long walk with Ruskin.

All these novellas are otherwise available as separate books. I am super happy that I got all the eight novellas in one go.

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The Blue Umbrella

The Blue Umbrella is a story of a ten year old girl Binya, who falls in love with a Blue silk Umbrella. That blue umbrella belonged to a lady who came from the city to visit Binya’s village. Binya wanted the umbrella so badly that she gave away her lucky leopard’s claw pendant in exchange for that umbrella. The story begins when people in the village enviously look at Binya for possessing that beautiful Blue Umbrella.

The whole scene is set in a Himalayan village which is a common thing in Ruskin Bond stories. He gives a Himalayan touch to all of his stories.

Reading Ruskin Bond stories is a unique experience. They are beautifully penned and leaves a smile on reader’s face. The Blue Umbrella is a children’s story, but it equally entertains adults.

Have you read any Ruskin Bond stories? Which is your favourite?

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36 Replies to “The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond”

  1. I absolutely love Raskin Bond and his writing style. I have read so many of his stories and books that it would be injustice to the others if I pick a few as my favourite. I haven’t read this one but know the storyline as someone told me the story. Thanks for bringing this to me. I will definitely pick this one now.

  2. Ruskin Bond is my Favourite too. what an author yaar. A Living Legend. I have read his The Night Train at Deoli, Grainy’s Specs and Ghost Stories. I just love the way he writes/ Will put these in my Bucket List too.

  3. Oh my god!!! I felt so nostalgic. I remember reading The Blue Umbrella and The Fosterganj years ago. I am a big admirer of Ruskin Bond and wish to meet him someday. He is a big inspiration behind my children’s storybook which I recently published. #surreads #myfriendalexa #blogchatter

  4. That’s a nice review , I will bring this for my kids and will reading it together, I am sure we all three have a good time with each other by reading this books

  5. I have read so many ACK books but never seen any Ruskin bond ones. Good i chanced up on this post. Thanks for sharing. Will check this out and buy it out for my kid for sure.

  6. What a deal you got on Kindle! Eight novellas! 🙂

    I must pick this book. It’s been a very long time since I read Ruskin Bond. And my daughter is enthusiastic as well.

  7. I might be in a minority group who has not read Ruskin Bond. I should definitely pick up a couple of his books now. High time!

  8. I’ve read few Ruskin Bond books when I was younger. I have been contemplating reading the blue umbrella. It was prescribed to my son for reading. After your review I will surely take it up.

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