The Naulahka by Rudyard Kipling and Wolcott Balestier


A classic Kipling book. This story takes the reader straight to the colonial days of British Raj in Indian subcontinent.


Naulahka — A classic Kipling book of British Raj in Indian subcontinent.

Naulahka takes the reader straight to the colonial days of British Raj in Indian subcontinent.

Kate Sheriff, a young American woman, knew without a shadow of a doubt what her calling was. She was to move to India where she would dedicate herself to improving the condition of Indian women. In her ensuing struggle to lay aside her favoured Western lifestyle. Her adjustments to life in the Indian subcontinent, Kipling presents east and west. Side by side and reveals the complex, often tangled nature of the two.

This adventure novel was written in collaboration with Wolcott Balestier. Serialised in the Century Magazine from November 1891 to July 1892. However, after two instalments, Wolcott suddenly died from typhoid in Dresden on 5th December 1891. Kipling revising the first book editions.

Kate Sheriff had lived with her face to the West and with her smouldering eyes fixed upon the wilderness since she could walk. She had advanced into the wilderness with the railroad. Until she had gone away to school, she had never lived where the railroad ran both ways. She had often stayed long enough at the end of a section with her family to see the first glimmering streaks of the raw dawn of civilisation, usually helped out by the electric light; but in the new and still newer lands to which her father’s civil engineering orders called them from year to year there were not even arc lamps. There was a saloon under a tent, and there was the section-house, where they lived, and where her mother had sometimes taken to board the men employed by her husband.


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