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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: 6