Books are my poison. I get attracted to them like iron to magnets. All my loved ones know about this madness. Post my wedding, almost three years now, I had lost that yearning to read in me. Thankfully, I found something interesting to read, a short story by Ruskin bond — The blue umbrella.
The story at first glance will seem like one we read to children, but it has deeper meanings to it. I fell in love with his simple yet strong way of writing, no doubt he is a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner.
It’s a story about how greed and ego can play with anyone’s mind, be it a sweet little girl like Binya or a shrewd old man like Ram Bharosa.
Owning the prettiest eye candy of town made Binya too proud of it. The Greed for acquiring that possession made Ram bharosa a wicked man.
However, the way it ended, is described such beautifully. It is surely worth a read for all.
My favourite lines from the book would be –
…But Binya didn’t take the umbrella. She shook her head and said, “you keep it. I don’t need it any more.” “But it’s such a pretty umbrella!” protested Ram Bharosa. “it’s the best umbrella in the village.” “I know,” said Binya. “But an umbrella isn’t everything.”…