Quote of the week
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
– Rudyard Kipling
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Author of the week
Rudyard Kipling was an English novelist, short-story writer and poet, who is best known for his children’s books “The Jungle Book” and “Just So Stories” as well as his many short stories. Kipling was born on December 30,1865 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency of British India. At the age of five, Kipling and his sister were taken to England to live with a former officer in the merchant navy and his wife for six years. Years later, Kipling entered the United Services College, a boarding school in Westward Ho!, Devon but due to financial difficulties and lack of academic ability needed to get a scholarship, he had to withdraw his hopes of attending Oxford University, after which he sailed to India to work as the assistant editor of a small local newspaper in Lahore, Punjab and later on, one in Allahabad. During this time, Kipling published several of his stories in the newspaper he worked for and continued to publish collections of short stories.
In 1889, Kipling left India and travelled through the United Stated before returning to London, England. After his marriage to Carrie Balestier, the couple travelled to Japan and then moved to the United States and settled in Brattleboro, Vermont. It is here that Kipling was inspired to write the Jungle Book, which would later become a classic in children’s literature. Several years later, the Kiplings returned to England and Kipling, now a reputed writer, continued with his writing.Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, achieving yet another milestone as the first English-language writer to be awarded with the prize as well as the youngest recipient to date. Kipling passed away on 18th January, 1936 in England, UK at the age of 70 and his ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey in London.
The Jungle Book
Just So Stories
The White Man’s Burden
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Topic: The King of The Jungle
Deadline: July 9, 2015
The Jungle Book is a collection of stories about the life of a little boy named Mowgli, who is adopted by a wolf pack as a cub after he escapes from being killed by a tiger named Shere Khan.
The rest of the stories from the collection feature how he learned to live in the jungle, about the friends he made and even the times where he had to run away from the vicious tiger who tried to kill him when he was just a baby. It was written by English author Rudyard Kipling in 1894 and is considered as a classic that every child should read at least once in their lifetime.
Kipling was inspired to write this book during his stay in India for almost approximately 12 years and it was written during Kipling’s stay at Vermont in the United States. It was published by Macmillan Publishers in 1894 and the original publications included several illustrations done by Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling. “The Jungle Book” was followed by “The Second Jungle Book”, which was first published in 1895 and “The Third Jungle Book” in 1992.
Characters in the book
Mowgli, an Indian boy, who is taken into a wolf pack when he was just a baby. Raksha, the mother wolf takes good care of him until he is finally adopted by a lady named Messua.
Akela, the leader of the pack of the Indian wolves who adopt Mowgli and one of Mowgli’s mentors
Shere Khan, a royal Bengal tiger who tried to kill the protagonist Mowgli when he was just a baby