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Some people say that there is no romance in India. Those people are wrong. Our lives hold quite as much romance as is good for us.'
Rudyard Kipling's first and best- known collection of short stories, Plain Tales the Hills is a colourful and intricate depiction of life in India during the British Raj.
This collection, which brilliantly showcases Kipling's inimitable style, includes 'Miss Youghal's Sais', a tale of an impossible love,' In the House of Suddhoo', in which black magic is used to deceive an old man, and 'Pig', in which vengeance takes an unusual, epistolary form.
Humorous, occasionally tragic, these stories provide a unique perspective on the society of the times, particularly the apprehensions with which the races and classes approached each other.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling was a novelist, short-story writer and poet, born in Bombay in 1865. He completed his studies abroad before returning to India, where he wrote his celebrated work, Plain Tales from the Hills. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, the youngest person to have ever received this award. He also received the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1926. Some of his works are now considered iconic, such as The Jungle Book and Kim. Kipling died in 1936.