AUTHOR – RUSKIN BOND
PUBLISHED IN – 1974
PAGES – 23
Binya, a ten year old girl from a village is delighted to obtain a blue umbrella from tourists inexchange for her leopard claw pendant. The entire village is enchanted by the beauty of the umbrella. The local tea shop owner, Ram Bharosa is similarly in awe with it. So much so that the old man wants it for himself. Binya denies any money inexchange for the umbrella. Having no other option, Ram sends his helper to steal it but fails. Now the whole village knows about the attempt at robbery and everyone avoids his shop. Binya feeling guilty about the entire ordeal, leaves the umbrella in Ram’s shop and hence giving it to him. Ram happens across a bear claw and makes a pendant for Binya.
It is a children’s book. I hadn’t read anything by Ruskin Bond earlier. I am not sure if it’s a great book to figure out if I like his style. It’s just something that you would read out to children and teach them about empathy and giving up on materialistic nature in return for valuing human emotions. It was nice. I felt like I was back in 4th grade and the teacher had called me out to read the text infront of the class. It reminds me of one such lesson where the moral was not to use pencils because a lot of trees are being cut for it. The teacher made us do a pledge to be careful about not using the pencil sharpener excessively. Fun times, huh? Thank heavens I have switched to mechanical pencils now.
I have a lot of things on my mind these days and I am hardly at rest. I can’t remember the last time I woke up in the morning feeling great. I don’t have the patience for regular length books right now. Perhaps I shall switch to short stories for the rest of the year or at least until I feel capable of being a functional person. Reading helps and writing aimlessly like a 3 year old who just started with the alphabets is fun as well. Mostly I am just sitting on the bench in the railway station with a bagpack on my lap, ready to jump inside the train as soon as it arrives. Perhaps I should read a few short stories by Murakami while I am at it.
P.S: Netflix made a movie out of the book, The white tiger. Yikes. I do not want to see that one for sure.