Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), English writer and Nobel laureate, wrote novels, poems, and short stories, most of them set in India and Myanmar (Burma) during the time of British rule. Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India, where his father was principal of a new art school. Kipling’s literary reputation was established with six stories of English life in India, published in India between 1888 and 1889. In 1889, Kipling returned to England and continued to write. In 1891 he published “The Light that Failed”, a long narrative about a blind war artist and an experiment in the fin de siècle decadent style. Barrack-Room Ballads, which contains the popular poems “Danny Deever”, “Mandalay”, and “Gunga Din”, was published in 1892, the year that Kipling married Caroline Balestier, an American. The couple travelled extensively in Asia and the United States, then lived briefly in Vermont where Kipling continued to write prolifically. It was during this period that much of his most popular work was written. Short fictional works dating to this time include “Many Inventions” (1893) and “The Jungle Book” (1894) and “The Second Jungle Book” (1895), two collections of animal stories, which many consider his finest writing and that were immediately very successful.
The Chenab River falls into the Indus fifteen miles above the village of Chachuran. Five miles west of Chachuran lies Bubbling Well Road, and the house of the priest of Arti-goth. Five miles west of Chachuran, there is a patch of ten to twenty feet tall jungle grass in an area of three to four square miles. In the middle of this patch hides the priest. The priest is a one-eyed man with the impress of two copper coins burnt between his brows. Some say that in the days of Ranjit Singh, this old man must have been tortured for his mischief. The narrator is told by the villagers that a sounder of pigs, one of them with foot-long tushes, entered the grass patch. The narrator is immediately...
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