Rudyard Kipling, born on this day more than 150 years ago, spent his childhood in India, and from that experience, the endearing collection of fables emerged that went onto captivate millions of readers across the world.
A young Kipling wrote of whatever he had heard and dreamt about the Indian jungle, and packed a punch with a heart-warming cast of characters: Mowgli, the man-cub, leading the fun from the front, along with his allies, Bagheera and Baloo, and all of them teaming up against the evil plans of the wicked Shere Khan.
Here are six relationships that Mowgli shared with the characters that are going to revive your childhood for you!
“Greater love hath no one than he who lays down his life for his friend.”
Baloo the Papa Bear
“Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.”
Akela the Big Wolf
“Akela, the great gray Lone Wolf, who led all the Pack by strength and cunning, lay out at full length on his rock, and below him sat forty or more wolves of every size and colour.”
Shanti the Love-Interest
“The girl turned and smiled. Mowgli shyly smiled back. And when she walked off toward the Man-village, Mowgli ran to join her.”
Raksha the Mother Wolf
“The man’s cub is mine, Lungri – mine to me! He shall not be killed. He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack.”
Shere Khan the Arch Enemy . . . because life would be too dull without a respectable adversary, wouldn’t it?
Mowgli: “You don’t scare me! I don’t run from anyone!”
Shere Khan: “Ah, you have spirit for one so small. And such spirit is deserving of a sporting chance.”
Happy birthday, Rudyard Kipling, and thank you for all the beloved tales and characters!