Rudyard Kipling The Man Who Would Be King

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This book, “The Man Who Would Be King” by Rudyard Kipling, was published in 1888 and in 1975 was made in to one of the all time greatest movies ever staring Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, Agent 007 in six James Bond movies including “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”. The co-stars were Michael Caine, best known for the title role in “Alfie”, and Christopher Plummer who played Rudyard Kipling. The movie was nominated for four academy awards. It shows fantastic photography and scenery. The story starts with Rudyard Kipling working in a newspaper office, as he did for ten years in real life from 1882 to 1892. It must have been a daily experience for adventurers and beggars to come into Kipling's office with fantastic tales to tell. At the time that Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Man Who Would Be King” in 1888, Kafiristan was more of a fabled imaginary place as no European had ever been there and lived to tell about it. However, he must have realized that Kafirstan was a real place. A number of famous people had written about it, even though nobody had seen it. So Kipling wrote this make believe story about a place high in the mountains with fair-skinned women of incredible beauty, who worshiped pagan gods and were descended from soldiers of Alexander the Great. Kipling wrote “These women are whiter than you or me. . . . It's a mountainous country, and the women of those parts are very beautiful." At the time Kipling wrote this book in 1888, no European man had been to Kafirstan and lived to tell about it. The books “The Gilgit Game” and “Explorers of the Western Himalayas, 1820-95” by John Keay describes attempts by British adventurers to reach Kafirstan, but all had been killed. This was before the Durand Line had been drawn that separates Afghanistan from what is now Pakistan and divides Kafirstan into two parts, the Afghan side where the Red Kafirs lived but is now called Nuristan and the Pakistan side where the Black Kafirs still live in the Kalash valleys of Bumboret Birir and Rumbur. The first European man to reach Kafirstan and return alive was George Scott Robertson. It was not long thereafter when the British explorer, adventurer and army officer George Scott Robertson went there and returned with the report that the place was real. There are or were two kinds of Kafirs: Red and Black. The Red Kafirs were in Afghanistan but now they have converted to Islam so they are not Kafirs any more. The Black Kafirs are the Kalash, so named because their women wear black robes. There are several other instances where the movie was updated from the book to reflect the reality of Kafirstan. In the movie, there is a man and his wife from the village of Kamdesh where a wife is considered equal to a cow. Kamdesh is a real place in Nuristan. The real person Alexander the Great did marry a real woman named Roxanne, but she was from Balkh near Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan, not from Nuristan. Chitralis do play polo and it is believed the game was invented there or in neighboring Gilgit, but they are not known to play the game with a human head as a ball.

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Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Bombay, British India, to British parents who had met and married in England two years earlier. Kipling spent his early years in India but was sent to England for his education. In October 1882, he arrived back in India not yet 17 and, lacking the money to continue his education, got a job working for newspapers such as the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore and The Pioneer in Allahabad. He wrote a huge number of stories and articles during ten years of working for newspapers. In 1888, he published his first book, “Plain Tales from the Hills” published in Calcutta in January 1888, which consisted of 40 short stories he had written for the newspapers. He published and sold several other stories the same year, one of which was this story “The Man Who Would Be King”, which became one of his most famous. On 9 March 1889, Kipling left India, traveling first to San Francisco via Rangoon, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He then traveled across the United States and Canada, meeting Mark Twain in Elmira, New York. After that, he traveled to Liverpool England, then to India again, then back to England where he married, then went to Brattleboro, Vermont, then to Japan, then back to Brattleboro, Vermont, where his first child was born in December 1892 and he settled down to writing his Jungle Books. Kipling became a Freemason in about 1885, before the usual minimum age of 21. Freemasonry plays an important role in several of his works especially in “The Man Who Would Be King” where he discovers that the High Priest of Kafirstan is a Freemasons too!!! After four years in Battleboro, he returned to England due to a dispute with his brother-in-law. He then went to South Africa where he spent some years before returning to England. During all his life until his death in England on 18 January 1936 at age 70, Kipling kept writing and publishing. He left a huge volume of work. For example, more than 50 unpublished poems by Kipling were released for the first time in March 2013.

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