Monday, 16 December 2013

12 Things you probably didn't know about Rudyard Kipling

Hello reader,
It's the twelfth month and it is dedicated to Rudyard Kipling.So here are 12 things you probably didn't know about him:

  1. He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling so technically, Rudyard was actually his middle name.
  2. He was taught how to play golf by Arthur Conan Doyle-the author of Sherlock Holmes.
  3. There is a crater on the planet Mercury which is named after him.It is called Kipling
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru always said that Kipling's novel "Kim" was his favourite book.
  5. He was the editor of his school newspaper while studying in Devon.
  6. His book "Just so stories" were actually bedtime stories he told his daughter Josephine and even the title was inspired by the fact that she always told him to repeat the stories as always or 'just so'.
  7. He actively participated in the Boer war as a war correspondent.
  8. In 1926 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature,which only Scott, Meredith, and Thomas Hardy had been awarded before him.
  9. An extinct species of crocodile, Goniopholis kiplingi, was named in his honor in the year 2012.
  10. His parents named him after Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.
  11. Many of the older editions of his books had the swastika printed on their covers associated with the picture of an elephant with a lotus.This reflected the influence of Indian culture on him.
  12. The last fact is that he was the first to use the Cockney dialect in serious poetry.
 I hope you got a deeper insight to his life through these fun facts.So get ready for more fun later and till then Read, Write and Relish.

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