The Blue Umbrella – A Short Story By Ruskin Bond


“Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again” – Louisa May Alcott

Very few books have that charisma that appeal to both kids and grownups and Ruskin Bond’s short story – The Blue Umbrella is one of them. The above quote holds a special place in my heart because we like to read books where we love to relate ourselves. This short story – The Blue Umbrella belongs to that category, a memorable story whose magic will keep on enchanting the readers for generations. Published in 1980, this short story is written by Ruskin Bond whose stories are more connected to hilly areas like Himachal Pradesh. The premise of this story is set in a small village of Himachal Pradesh where a poor little girl named Binya is smitten to a beautiful blue umbrella owned by a rich family. She trades off her leopard claw necklace for the captivating blue umbrella. From that moment, the blue umbrella becomes Binya’s rich possession.

Still from the comic book The Blue Umbrella
Still from the comic book The Blue Umbrella

Slowly the umbrella becomes a center of attention among the people living in the village. Everyone in the village craves to own that umbrella. Especially Ram Bharose, a shopkeeper has his eyes set on the blue umbrella. He even requests Binya to sell her blue umbrella to him for a fair amount. But Binya refuses to part away with her prized valuable. Realizing that his master Ram Bharose won’t be able to gain the umbrella, his servant Rajaram plans to steal the umbrella for his master. But while stealing the umbrella, Rajaram is caught red-handed by Binya’s brother. When everyone in the village comes to know about Ram Bharose’s greedy intention of owning Binya’s umbrella, Ram Bharose is neglected by everyone in village. Later Binya realizes that she shouldn’t flaunt her umbrella to make Ram Bharose sad. Finally Binya happily parts away with her blue umbrella by giving it to Ram Bharose. Now everyone in the village borrows the blue umbrella from Ram Bharose for time being. Though Binya is sad for parting with her umbrella, she is glad that she has brought a smile of happiness on someone’s face.This short story was made into a motion picture in 2005 and was adapted as a comic story in Amar Chitra Katha.

Author Ruskin Bond
Author Ruskin Bond

I recently read this short story of Ruskin Bond and was so mesmerized by its simplicity that I couldn’t wait to share this story on my blog. This story is about joy of giving and sharing happiness even in sad moments. Though my writings can’t match the magic of Ruskin Bond’s words, I have made a small attempt to spread this story to all my readers, young and old. I hope that once you have read this post, you will definitely buy the original copy of “Blue Umbrella” written by Ruskin Bond.

Happy Reading
Prashant Badiger


51 Comments Add yours

  1. Parag005 says:

    @Prashant you are the best, you chosen this story because you really know the value of true happiness…

    1. Prashant says:

      Thanks for your encouraging comments Parag

  2. tushar8668 says:

    Prashant..nice touching story and u have simplified it nicely. Good …keep it up

  3. Chetan J. Somaiya says:

    Very nice. Thank you so much for sharing this. Keep writing.

  4. shilekhya says:

    This story is heart touching story. Its very nice to read this type of story

    1. Shivansh says:

      Heart touching story ! Loved it 🙂

  5. sayan deb halder says:

    its a fantastic story .

  6. sandali says:

    Its a very nice story😊

  7. Ramya says:

    ya such a nice story
    It really helped me in writing my assingnment
    thank you so much…….

  8. Deepshikha says:

    very interesting and nice story….

  9. akshay says:

    thank q ……… so much helped me a lot and was great to read.

  10. jay verma says:

    the blue umbrella is very nice and intresting story .i like it it

  11. charu parmar says:

    this story is very nice n we will be performing this as a drama in our school assembly

  12. Charan Kalahasti says:

    Liked it to the core. Happiness is all that matters 🙂

  13. abhishek says:

    Marvelous and fantastic

  14. prerna negi says:

    Awesome very nice story
    And heart touching

  15. arav says:

    very nice n heart touching story

  16. Aditya says:

    tnx,helped me making my activity very good story

  17. Anand says:

    Hi All, how to download this pdf version of “Blue Umbrella” ? Kindly help me.

  18. Parth mehra says:

    Very nice
    I thank to prashat to releasing this kind of story

  19. pvnm says:

    lovely book I bought and read!!
    keep writing Ruskin sir

  20. Ritu Agarwala says:

    Very useful

  21. A good novel
    Ruskin bond

  22. lakshya goenka says:

    very nice
    ruskin bond

  23. Yesmin says:

    Very different

  24. Akshaya says:

    This one of my favourite collection …
    Thanks sir …

  25. Conveyed such a good message in short @prashant……
    Salute to Sir Ruskin Bond

  26. Devansh says:

    Great effort , I needed stories of Ruskin Bond for my project ,thank you for this , need many more stories keep sharing

  27. Saivardhan says:

    Awesome story

  28. rinu says:

    Awesome book

  29. Manvitha says:

    Thanks for sharing & it helped me to the exam. Because we have this novel as lesson.

  30. A.N.Panda says:

    Nice very nice

  31. Rohit Padile says:

    thought i cant purchase this book of this beautiful story, i am very lucky to read the summary of this book.
    ThankYou Very Much For This……!!!

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words Rohit. You can check out the amar chitra katha book on Blue Umbrella. It can be purchased at Amar chitra Katha website.

  32. Mohammed says:


  33. Reaper says:

    Ruskin bond write good story .n tips story is one of them

  34. 1 says:

    This article is created so professionally. You could explain to which the
    blogger is an expert within this industry and is familiar with what he or
    she is speaking about. Look forward to a lot more
    blog posts from him.

  35. Siraaj juneja says:

    I loved the summary of blue umbrella it was very nice …!!

  36. Siraaj shaikh says:

    Awsm..summary..this is assignment for me..nd this is much enough! Im gonna read this whole book surely!tysm..

  37. ensoblogger says:

    its a beautiful book I cant take my eyes of it

  38. anoop says:

    i praise the work of Ruskin sir

  39. Shivansh says:

    Heart touching story

  40. BHAVIKA says:


  41. Sonali says:

    Lovely story
    Thanks, Ruskin Bond

    1. prashantb says:

      Thanks a lot for reading this article

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