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The Blue Umbrella

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  7,770 ratings  ·  787 reviews
'The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.'

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.

Paperback, 83 pages
Published by Rupa Publications (first published 1980)
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Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got the book from Ruskin bond himself.. Autographed.. On its launch in dehradoon. I was 11 then..I teasured it ..still do. The book is simply realistic and set in the place i was grown up.
“The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside"

Rating- 5 stars

The Blue Umbrella is a short story about a girl Binya who manages to trade her leopard claw for a beautiful blue silk umbrella. The umbrella is the prettiest in the village and the whole village envies Binya for having.

This book is set in the hills of Garhwal and being Indian myself, it was very interesting to read about the atmosphere and Indian culture.

At first I had rated
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I finished this book very quickly, opened thought about it for a few minutes and gave it a rating 3. (Day over)

The next day, when I woke up, there was a longing, some urge to be in a place which clearly seemed to be like Binya's surrounding in the book. I've had this feeling of re-living the reading experience very few times and this is one of those times.

It's a kid's book, but a lot of human behavior is described plainly. How a little girl becomes the better person by giving up h
Ankit Garg
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short story written in simple English teaching the lesson of sharing and empathy. Perfect for beginner readers.
A simple yet adorable story with truly captivating imagery. I loved reading about the natural and refreshing beauty of Garhwal, Himalayas from Binya's perspective. I marked this book for my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 for the prompt "A book set in a place you would like to visit in 2021". Considering how all of us have been cooped up in our houses for one entire year, Garhwal and Binya's village really did sound like someplace that would be a wonderful change. ...more
Avani ✨
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond 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.

We see a small girl named Binya, who in exchange of her leopard's claw pendant gets a blue umbrella when she goes to the town. She wants to make everyone jealous and envy of her umbrella since it's one of the prettiest in the village anyone has
Indrani Sen
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
A lovely little story with very believable, very identifiable characters. And the end - the very best possible. I have not read a lot of Ruskin Bond. Would be reading a lot more soon.
Himanshu Karmacharya
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A short and simple, yet beautiful story revolving around a blue umbrella possessed by the protagonist. The villagers are mesmerized by the beauty of the umbrella and it gives rise to various emotions within the heart of the villagers, like greed and jealousy. The setting of the novella and the characters are written in a very realistic manner. So the readers have an easy time relating to everything and feel invested in the story from start to finish. The end of the story has been set perfectly a ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I need time to ponder upon it.
I want to firstly thank Bhavya for giving me a little push into this magnificent world Ruskin bond has created.

Okay I will write down whatever little thoughts I had during this read.

○The story starts off with Biniya taking her cows back home and it ends the same way meaning her umbrella does change her life but not entirely she still will have to do her mundane chores. So the umbrella did give her a boost of fame but does not
Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
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 h
Khyati Gautam
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Fatima Farzeen
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the very first Ruskin Bond stories I'd read. I was 10 maybe 11 years old, and had quite recently been introduced to English story books. I remember instantly falling in love with the tale, its characters and more particularly the storyteller, Bond himself. I read and reread this story so many times and almost had it memorized. Bond's simple yet beautiful writing style had totally enraptured me back then and still continues to do so. I'll always have a soft spot for this one. :) ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn't a book. It's a short story which the author has included in many if his short story collections. I don't see the point of this book. ...more
I've always liked the way Ruskin Bond writes. Sweet, simple and about common everyday things. His books are a depiction of rare bravery displayed by ordinary characters, about small, beautiful things that happen in small villages set below the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Blue Umbrella is no exception. It's a very short book. It's actually a novella to be precise. Set in a hill village of Gahrwal near Tehri, this is a story of Binya and her beautiful blue umbrella.

"Now Binya had seen umbrellas
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
' The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.'

This is a story of a girl named Binya and her blue umbrella ; set in the hills of Gharwal. Binya owned this pricey, royal, blue umbrella in exchange of her lucky leopard claw pendant. The umbrella was so graceful that everyone in the village admired it as well as were jealous of Binya who owned it.

Gradually, the 'Blue Umbrella' became the most beautiful umbrella in the village. Ram Bharosa (the s
Priya Arun
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a short read.

The story whirls around Binya a 9 year old girl who lives in a village. She come across a blue umbrella which she wants to own it.
Will she have that umbrella? Is someone there who also wants to own it? What happens next lies the suspense of the story.

Ruskin Bond is an awesome author. I always admired his work, this is another master piece. The pacing of the story is precicse and intact. Language is kept simple and easy to read. I would recommend
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-novels
I love this of the reasons is that it is based on when I read it I feel a bit similar to the characters.....their behaviour and the kind of fun they have together.....coz i have grown up in this i know all this stuffs....
well,,...its a very sweet story....those who are Mr. Bond's fans......u must read this...its a short but yet nice story...
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr Bond's short stories are so refreshing and they never disappoint you.
They're a complete mood changer!
His writing is simple and it easily connects to human emotions.

Looking forward to read more such beautiful stories :)
Happy reading!
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indian, stars-5
A very short story, simple story line. Meant for kids but nothing stops me from enjoying it.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a simple and an easy read, which beautifully captures the innocence of a child, the greed of a grown up and his redemption. This story reaffirms the truth that children think beyond us, they feel deeper than us and on the whole are much better and purer beings than us. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading The blue umbrella by Ruskin Bond yesterday and I must admit that I am totally in love with the book.Only after reading this book,I realized that how much I was in need of a light and simple read.

The blue umbrella by Ruskin Bond is the story of Binya and her beautiful blue umbrella. It's a really beautiful story which will make you smile and also, happy. The language is so simple and the writing style is commendable. I totally enjoyed the storyline and I am really happy that I
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bristling with lyrical beauty and simplicity, this short story about being compassionate about fellow feelings and placing them over materialistic wants is easily one of Ruskin Bond's most touching and profound tales. ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ah! There is nothing much I want to say about this one. A Simple and pretty thing.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feel good happy simple short kid's story. ...more
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 
Its loveliness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 

Why quoting Keats, you ask me? Here's why:

You know that book you always knew of but never read? Not because you didn't want to or didn't find it, no, but because you just simply forgot about it every time you went book shopping or ordered books on Amazon? And then, along comes someone who
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feel good short story...
Shristy Sinha
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An eloquently written, lovely mesmerising story.
There's so much relatable for everyone, the characters, the place, and situations. if you're from 80's or early 90's then I'm sure you'd be swifted down to the memory lane of your childhood-pretty nostalgic. The narration of the place brings aroma of the hills to you-if ever you've been to hills you'd understand what I mean. Smooth flow of the story and here it is associated with the language been used. Very well written-in a very simple way. Such
Sandeep Pawar
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simplicity is the best sophistication. Ruskin Bond proves the same again in this short read. What can I say! The story is simple. The characters are simple. Their traits are common and general. But, the art of storytelling is exceptional. Human emotions- innocence, envy, kindness, sadness, disgust are brilliantly captured in just a few pages. That's the magic of Ruskin Bond. Worth, worth read. ...more
Soumya Prasad (she_booked_it)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
So beautiful, so innocent! My first Ruskin Bond and I cannot wait to read more. Reminds me of the Panchatantra tales from my childhood.
Nomadic  Musings
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Materialism is an invisible force that can make you feel inferior and selfish. Well, I agree that all of us are behind something that will make us happy. And most of the time it is materialistic. We often say things like “ I wish I could buy this” or I wish I could afford this”. There are so many examples that clearly tell that the world runs on materialistic happiness these days. I am saying this because we tend to own more than what we need, mostly the things that bring instantaneous pleasure. ...more
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Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist. He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have establ ...more

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“She was always ready with her smile, and would willingly have lent it to anyone who was feeling unhappy.” 11 likes
“Unlike the adults, the children didn’t have to pretend. They were full of praise for the umbrella. It was so light, so pretty, so bright a blue! And it was just the right size for Binya. They knew that if they said nice things about the umbrella, Binya would smile and give it to them to hold for a little while—just a very little while! Soon” 6 likes
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