The Kipling File

November 28, 2020
The Kipling File

In the cultural hub of 1880s' Lahore Kay Robinson has taken overas editor of the Civil and Military Gazette. Assisting him is theyoung and impressionable Rudyard Kipling, a lonely, impulsive manwho dreams of becoming a writer. Kipling's literary pursuits havebeen dismissed as fanciful and foolish by his previous boss. ButRobinson is different. He encourages the young 'Ruddy', allowinghim greater creative freedom at the Gazette. As he becomes Ruddy'sfriend and confidant, Robinson gains access to intimate glimpses ofthe Kipling family, where he is smitten by Ruddy's sister Trix.Narrated by Robinson, The Kipling File is a moving story of doomedfriendship and difficult love recounted against the powerfulbackdrop of Anglo-Indian life in a Punjab that has begun to stirwith anti-colonial sentiment. Through his eyes unfold the turmoilsthat shaped the author of beloved classics like The Jungle Book andKim. In Sudhir Kakar's luminous prose, Kipling emerges as a man ofcompelling contradictions-a mercurial genius whose immense talentwas in pitched battle with his inner demons.