Wrote this review a long time ago – sometime in the middle of last year. But things happen and I couldn’t get to posting this. But better late than never!
The impact that The Old Man and the Sea has is so intense that its review preaches more than the book does. No wonder the book was recognized and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, also gaining a mention when its author, Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature the following year.
Ruskin Bond is pure genius in his simplicity. His stories are simple, yet carry a message that resonates with every reader in some form or the other. While The Cherry Tree shows the positives that comes from patiently nurturing trees (or people close to you, if you’re thinking metaphorically), The Blue Umbrella shows the stark delineation between adult and children’s thinking.