The Blue Umbrella
The Blue Umbrella is a 1980 Indian novel written by Ruskin Bond. It was adapted into 2005 Hindi film by the same name, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, which later won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film. In 2012, the novel was adapted into a comic by Amar Chitra Katha publications, titled, The Blue Umbrella – Stories by Ruskin Bond, and included another story, Angry River. This story appeared in Bond's collection of short stories, Children's Omnibus.
In a small village of Himachal Pradesh, there lived a little girl, Binya. In the village, the shopkeeper, Ram Bharosa keeps an old ruined shop and sells warm Coca-Cola bottles and sweets to the school going kids. Binya has been given a beautiful blue umbrella by foreign tourists in exchange for her leopard claw pendant. The people in the village of Himachal Pradesh become very fond of her umbrella. Soon the shopkeeper becomes envious of the umbrella and tries to buy it from Binya by telling her that this is a 'fancy umbrella' which small girls should not have, and he tried his best to buy the umbrella but Binya refuses by saying that, "This is not for sale."
As time passes by, Ram Bharosa's desire to get the umbrella turns in to an obsession. The school closes due to the arrival of the monsoon and Ram Bharosa employs a boy named Rajaram from the next village to work at the shop. When he comes to know about his master's desire to own it he makes an attempt to steal the umbrella but fails and on being caught, he gives Ram Bharosa's name. Now everyone stopped coming to Ram Bharosa's shop. Ram Bharosa had got a bear necklace and he coated it with silver. However, Binya realizes her mistake and that she shouldn't have shown off her umbrella because now, due to it, Ram Bharosa was suffering. In the end, Binya gives the umbrella to Ram Bharosa, who gifts her a necklace with a bear's claw.