Ruskin Bond - The Blue UmbrellaAs soon as Binya sees the beautiful blue silk umbrella, she wants it. She wants the blue umbrella so badly that she is willing to exchange it for her lucky leopard's claw pendant. No one in the village has such a fine umbrella; wherever Binya goes, the umbrella goes with her. There are many who envy Binya for her treasured possession, but the most envious of them is old Ram Bharosa, the shopkeeper who has decided that he must own the beautiful, blue umbrella. This short and humorous novella captures life in a hill village of Garhwal, where ordinary characters become heroic and find opportunities to redeem themselves.Ruskin Bond - Tales from the ChildhoodStory 1 Mukesh and his friends decide to start a zoo. The laundryman's donkey, a bunny, a pet parrot and dog become creatures of display at the little zoo. What adventures and misadventures are in store for the zoo and its owners? Story 2 Nathu, the bank's sweeper-boy, is upset over not being paid for two months, whines th hi friend. Whispers follow and soon the whole town thinks the bank is bankrupt! How did Nathu's worries turn into the bank being shut forever? Story 3 Romi hires a young Hari Singh to be his cook and companion. But Hari is upto no good. Will Hari ever learn the real meaning of loyalty, love and trust? These three funny, heart-warming stories capture the pure hilarious innocence of childhood and the lessons we take from them in these wonderfully illustrated stories from India's mountainous countryside.Ruskin Bond - Stories of WisdomStory 1 A long, dry summer in the remote hills spells trouble for Bisnu and his family. With no hope in sight, Bisnu sets out for the city. Through Bisnu finds work in Mussoorie, he soon realises the callous, insensitive city was vastly different from the loving nooks of his little village. Where will Bisnu's fate take him? Story 2 For Vijay, the juicy, ripe fruits and yummy confectioneries at the town shops are a constant source of longing. Then one day, a rich boy with a bag of sweets follows Vijay around with a kind smile; building his hope. Will a rich boy's generosity finally give Vijay a chance to taste the tempting treats? Here are two wonderfully illustrated, heart warming stories by Ruskin Bond that capture the seemingly ordinary, yet distinct qualities of the Himalayan foothills and its people.