Stories of India

Stories of India

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Author: Rudyard Kipling
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 304
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143 029371


‘No other Western writer has ever known India as Kipling knew it.’—Salman Rushdie, ‘Kipling’, Imaginary Homelands.

In these stories, first published over a hundred years ago, Kipling sets the stage for encounters between the East and the West – between India and Anglo-India. These tales are remarkable not just for the range of Indian places and situations they describe or their wealth of historical detail but also for their sensitive and by and large fair representations of both British and Indian characters.

Kipling takes on the thorny issues of empire, race, miscegenation and the practice of ‘going native’, and uses them as literary tropes, to examine human culture, religion and society. Whether it is the account of Lispeth who first embraces Christianity at ‘the mature age of five weeks’ and then rejects it and the hypocrisy of missionaries when her heart is broken, or that of little Tods who is more at home in the bazaars than in a colonial drawing-room and knows India as a native, or that of Bisesa and Trejago whose affair in the cover of darkness leads to explosive and tragic consequences for both, here are tales that have an uncanny ability to get to the heart of the human situation and represent behaviour, strengths and weaknesses, on both sides of the ‘divide’ between the East and the West.

Immediate and vivid descriptions, searing wit and above all Kipling’s remarkable talent for spinning a yarn makes this collection of stories a truly rewarding read. Little know. An eclectic collection of old favourites as well as rarely anthologized pieces, here is Kipling’s India at its finest.

The book is edited by Sudhakar Marathe.