This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
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Friday, December 11, 2015
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Bookin' sure got me Jumpin' Trees
birthday is on 30 December 1865, so this month, incidentally, I thought back to
probably my first ever children’s stories. I thought of ‘The Jungle Book’, by
I remember how Mowgli’s
character inspired me to climb trees. After I was up on my favourite tree,
there wasn’t too much I could do, except sitting and looking onto the road. Of
course, I also had a few friends up there. There were a few birds, cats and
even monkeys, which I had taken to. Of course, there were always the street
The Jungle Book Cover by John Lockwood Kipling
barked and howled at every car that went past too.
Enough of my own Jungle
Book story, but let us get on with the actual ‘Jungle Book’. Though it began
with the cartoon watching, the idea stayed with me. And soon, I had begun to read
the children’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’.
I loved the adventures
of Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo, as I previously knew them from the animated
version of Disney, but the book was another revelation and so much better too.
The story begins with
the wolf pack, and then leads on to Sher Khan, who is the main villain of the
story. Sher Khan wants to have a go at the man cub, Mowgli, as he is named by
the leader of the wolf pack, Alexander and his wife, Luri. Bagheera, a black
panther is Mowgli’s mentor and Baloo is his best friend, and even teaches
Mowgli, the law of the jungle.
Mowgli’s stories, were funny and in a way brave, and had a little sadness
about them. In writing them, with so many different kinds of feelings,
inter-mingled Rudyard Kipling manages to say so much through his prose. And not
just that, his verses were superb too.
'The Jungle Book', which was written in 1894,
is a collection of short stories by Kipling. They also contain a few illustrations,
by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling. It turned out to be
way cooler, when I grew up. Also, got me a little nostalgic too.
Incidentally, Walt Disney Pictures' 'The Jungle Book' movie is expected to hit theatres in 2016.