A Book Review Of Ruskin Bond’s Novella The Blue Umbrella #Book Marathon
A Book Review Of Ruskin Bond’s Novella The Blue Umbrella
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publication Year: Jan 1992 (Latest Edition)
Rating: 4.3 on 5
There are only a few writers who can influence their readers through their work in the same manner as Ruskin Bond does. His stories are simple yet impactful and express the everyday happenings in the lives of common people in a truly unique manner. The Blue Umbrella, a kids’ tale, with a powerful message for readers of all age groups, is yet another remarkable example of the writer’s great talent. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is its beautifully designed cover page, which in addition to representing the theme of the book perfectly, also pleases the heart.
The Blue Umbrella tells the tale of a poor girl named Binya living in a small village in Gharwal. One day Binya comes across some people from the city enjoying a picnic in the valley. She is especially mesmerized by their flowery blue silk umbrella and willingly accepts their offer of exchanging it for her leopard paw pendant. Binya’s extremely beautiful umbrella makes her the village celebrity but also causes the local grocer, Ram Bharosa to envy the child’s gift. His desire to possess it is so strong that his new helper tries to steal the Umbrella in Binya’s absence. However, the boy is caught in the act by Binya’s brother Bijju and this results in a severe backlash for Ram Bharose from the village people. However, Binya feels responsible for Ram Bharose’s plight and decides to amend the same by taking a surprising decision.
The Blue Umbrella is a true reflection of a master at work. The book explores a wide range of human emotions ranging from greed, pride, jealousy, love, kindness, and sacrifice, in a subtle yet effective manner. The characters despite being simple are impressive in their own unique way. Even though the book is intended for kids, it definitely proves to be an interesting read for adults and helps them remember the fact that true heroism often lies in the simplest acts of kindness and sacrifice made with an open heart and mind. Personally, I loved the book and consider it to be a great addition to my collection.