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Kim

Author(s) : Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling’s intensely vivid and dramatic novel, set in British India is the story of a street-smart orphan, Kim, the son of an English ex-army sergeant O’Hara.

Nicknamed ‘Little Friend of All the World’, Kim would prowl through the dark lanes, crawl up the water pipes, running mysterious errand for the fashionable men, in the City of Lahore. This lovable penniless ruffian gets involved in a wide web of espionage which draws into its circle, characters as diverse and colourful as Mahhub Ali, Lurgan Sahib, Hari Chander Mookerjee and Kulu women.

Join  Kim on his adventure safari and enjoy the flavour of a time gone by.

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Rudyard Kipling, the British poet and novelist, was born in Bombay in 1865, and was the winner of England's first Nobel Prize for Literature. The early years of his life were spent in India, where his father was posted, and the country left a strong impression on him.

From 1882 to 1889 he worked as a journalist in Lahore, writing poems, short stories and ballads about India and the British Army. At twenty-five, a best-selling author, he travelled widely in Asia and America, where he married an American. He wrote numerous books, though Kim, written in 1901, is considered his best long novel. Kipling was writing at a time when England ruled over a vast colonial empire, and his writings reflect the times he lived in. He died in 1936 at the age of seventy-one.