Assignment- Rudyard Kipling

“I love the fun and riot of writing. And there are times when it is just a comfort and delight to let out the pen and ink as long as it doesn’t do anyone any moral harm.” wrote Kipling to a friend in 1896.

Well known poet, author and journalist who traveled extensively and wrote as a correspondent for The Pioneer for many years. Rudyard Joseph Kipling (30 December 1865- 18 January 1936) 70, was a lover of words. He experimented in different writing styles and how each affected the reader. As a journalist, he had his own views on how to write and polish his work so as to achieve the best of results. His works, because of their finesse and Kipling’s fascination with words, were often called as “too continuously brilliant” by his fellow writers.

When he left India in March 1890, The Pioneer commissioned him to write a series of letter from America that described it in a vigorous and uninhibited way. His inquisitive nature and zest to know all gave him tremendous material for what he wrote which was not all liked by America.

Kipling was a traveler at heart, and his visits to Mussoorie, as he wrote about them in many of his works, were much suspected. His travels were confirmed however with the photographs found along with his unpublished papers at the Library Of Congress. It included two of the Charleville Hotel, Mussoorie, where he had spent the summer of 1888.

Ruskin Bond, the author who has lived in Mussoorie for over 50 years  says, “He came up the bridle path which was known as Kipling Road for many years, though it was never its official name,”

Rudyard Kipling was a writer through and through, his experiments with colors and perfumes of words is easily depicted in his work as a journalist, where he spoke of both of the East as well as the West with equal respect and awe.


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