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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  1. Adi Sathe says:

    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. shreejanani says:

    Ruskin Bond’s works are simply timeless. Do give The Jungle Omnibus a read too.

  3. tinacharya says:

    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.

  4. 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

  5. sinjanag says:

    Wow you are so lucky with the deal. Ruskin Bond is pure happiness. Nice review

  6. writershilpa says:

    Oh yes, I have read quite a few books by Ruskin Bond and I am in love with his writing! I loved his ‘Lone Fox Dancing’. autobiography….couldn’t put the book down!

  7. Very nicely reviewed. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Priyal says:

    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

  9. Jhilmil says:

    Will definitely check this out for my son!

  10. Akshata Ram says:

    His books surely have a rustic charm and are such a delight to read.

  11. The last tiger and this one are my favourites too..and yes the movie based on The blue umbrella is also give it a watch..

  12. sukrisblog says:

    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.

  13. Neha says:

    Well reviewed! I didn’t know Ruskin bond book was published by Amar chitra Katha. Will check it out.

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      Even I didn’t know. I just got that pic from google.. was very attractive to eyes, so just used it😁

  14. very beautifully reviewed. I really love reading Ruskin Bond books’

    #myfriendalexa #poseinstylereads

  15. I have been reading Ruskin bond from my college time but as I grew I left but today seeing ur review I m tempted to read again

  16. Sudip Saha says:

    I loved the story ‘The Blue Umbrella’ … Have also watched the film made on it.

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      There is a film made on it ?? I would love to watch. Please tell the name

  17. Kurian says:

    Thank you Maya

  18. Nice review. These are calssic stories. Planning to get for my son! Thanks!

  19. ʞɐ says:

    This is a lovely and well written review. It has been ages since I read a Ruskin Bond book. Now, I feel like getting one.

  20. Deepa says:

    It is a lovely book and Ruskin bond is a great author. I will get it for my younger one.

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      Yes you should ❤️

  21. writenlive says:

    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.

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      Kid will surely love his stories. 😍

  22. Anmol Rawat says:

    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!

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      Even I had the same feeling. That’s why I picked this one. Yet I didn’t finish the whole book. But am sure I will be reading Ruskin Bond now onwards ☺️

  23. I am a Ruskin bond fan and have tried to read almost all books . This One is a great book.too

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      Wao !! That’s great. I am yet to read his other works. ☺️

  24. eshachaks says:

    Lovely review… This is one of my favourite reads too

  25. I have been a Ruskin bond fan. Will check kindle for this collection…


  26. shalini says:

    Lovely review Maya.. I read this long back. Fun to recapture those times through your review

    1. Maya Bhat says:

      He is an awesome writer. ☺️ Happy to give you a nostalgic feel 😉

  27. Amazing and beautiful post. Ruskin Bond is the great author. I definitely read this book. Great thoughts.

  28. 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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