The Blue Umbrella

the blue umbrella book


The Blue Umbrella is a short fictitious story by Ruskin Bond which is based on the story of a little girl ‘Binya’ who lives in the Gharwal village which is located in the hilly area.

About Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of the British accent. Honored with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Sahitya Academy Awards.

He was also recognized by The Indian Council for child education for his role in the growth of children’s literature in India.

Content of the book

In this novel, Ruskin Bond portrays an image of village life, parents working in the fields, children looking after cattle along with their schooling and studies.

Binya, the lead character of the story falls in love with a blue umbrella which she saw with a lady who went to the woods near the village Gharwal for a picnic with her family.

The lady exchanged the umbrella with the lucky pendant of Binya as she herself fell in love with the pendant.

For Binya, it was a great deal. Binya kept the umbrella opened even when it was not supposed to be. Even when she was in her home, she kept it aside in a corner, unfolded.

Everyone loved the umbrella so they always tried to be friendly with Binya so that she could give them the opportunity to hold the beautiful umbrella for some time.

There was a shopkeeper named Ram Bharsoa who used to sell tea, biscuits, etc. Though he was not a child, he too had the desire to have that umbrella forever.

As a shop owner, he was the richest man in that village.

But he couldn’t make a deal with Biniya as she was not ready to sell it.

As time passed by, he started feeling depressed and wanted that umbrella badly. He even gave permission to his assistant to steal it from Binya, but his assistant got caught by Binya’s brother.

When it was revealed that Ram Bharosa was the mastermind behind this, everyone in the village stops visiting his shop.

I shall not reveal the end of the story because it will be a spoiler.

Read this interesting story………..

Whom should read

children love listening to stories. This book take us through a typical Indian village and also tells us something about the mentality of a child. Children are very possessive about the things that they love, whether it is living or non-living.

With the usage of very simple English words, Ruskin Bond has made sure that this book belongs to the children. The book is very understandable.

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