Rudyard Kipling was born on this day in 1865. He died in 1936 of a gastric ulcer. Rudyard was born in Bombay, India but was sent to England at the age of five to study along with his sister. He married an American by the name of Caroline Starr Balestier in 1892- the daughter of a writer and publishing agent he worked with on the novel Naulahka. Kipling is best known for his 2 Jungle Book stories, Just so Stories, and The Man Who Would Be King. He lived in Connecticut for a time and his home is still there and used as a rental home, with some of it’s original funishings!
This is from his poem, Mandalay (1890)
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea, There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: “Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Can’t you ‘ear their paddles chunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!