Friday, December 30, 2016

Rudyard Kipling

Today is the 151st birth anniversary of Rudyard Kipling, the Bombay born Nobel Laureate British Novelist , poet and short story writer. As an ardent supporter and advocate of British Imperialism he is credited or rather discredited with coining the phrase ‘white man’s burden’ which smacks of a misplaced feeling of racial superiority of the British over others. He wrote the famous, one of the most quoted lines -“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…”
But still he had some soft corner for the native Indians, as is brought forth in his famous poem ‘Gunga Din’ which is about an Indian bhishti in the British Indian Army. His other books ‘Kim’ and ‘The Junglebook’ remain popular fiction to this day . ‘The Junglebook’ was also made into a Hindi cartoon serial for TV. His association with Shimla is brought forth beautifully in a short story ‘Monkeys at Simla’
Our tributes to the great writer !

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