The creator of Mowgli, Rudyard Kipling, who celebrated the heroism of British colonial soldiers in India, was loved for his stories but panned by critics for his imperialist vision. Most remembered for his poems, If and The White Man's Burden, he was unapologetic about his admiration for the English empire.
Heres a look at some of his most famous works:
Kim is the story of a young orphan, who lives on the streets of India and has a talent of mingling with people of all castes and religions. Kim's life takes a turn when he meets a Tibetan lama. Attracted by his way of life, Kim becomes his follower and wanders all over India in search of a sacred river. Kipling has received both bouquets and brickbats for this novel, which describes India's culture in an imperialistic tone.
The Jungle Book
This collection of short stories features Kipling's most loved character, Mowgli. Kipling told fables about family and relationships in his most popular collection of stories through animal characters.
Puck of Pook's Hill
This fantasy novel bring alive various periods of English life. Narrated by the elf, Puck, to two children living near Pevensey, these stories are picked from forgotten tales of England and range from ancient tales to modern histories.
This 1897 novel is the story of a young boy, Harvey Cheyne, who is a spoilt, over-indulged son of a millionaire. But fate has other plans for him. The 15-yr-old is suddenly transported from his idyllic life to a noisy fishermen locale many miles away It is basically a story of redemption and how an impudent young boy transforms in to a worthy man through the tricks of destiny.