The Magic Store of Nu-Cham-Vu (Puffin, 2009) and the
historical book for children, Pazhassi Raja: The Royal Rebel
(Macmillan, 1997). He has received the R. K. Narayan
Award for Creative Writing.
REVIEW BY GLORY SASIKALA
Most of us—if not all of us—are familiar with Joseph
Rudyard Kipling, the writer and poet. I mean, who isn't
familiar with ‘Jungle Book’ and who doesn’t have favourite
characters there—Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan...I mean,
come on! And this is the guy who wrote that? Oh my! Then,
of course, I know him!
Yes, but did you know that he was born in India, that his
parents went back to Britain, but then he came back to
India and worked as a journalist here?
And now, here's a side story to that famous man. Don't go
searching for it in Wiki though...because sometimes it's
best to let sleeping dogs lie...but not before we'd gotten to
do some jolly good fact finding. Hey, don't look at me! I had
nothing to do with it. It was all this guy, Reuben, in
Shreekumar Varma's novel, ‘Kipling's Daughter,' who took
up residence in his brother Keith's rambling and rather
ramshackle cottage, the chaos inside of which is so
beautifully described, it appeals a lot to my poetic mind,
and so, I'm going to quote it: