Having subverted Random Task's spy thread (apologies) with my talk about Kipling and his writing style. I just thought that it was amazing that such a brilliant writer and poet is basically ignored by main stream society! Yes, thanks to Disney, children know the 'Jungle Book' and some people may have seen the movie 'Kim'. But go into any book shop and will you see a full retinue of his work, no? Kipling was indeed a man of times a vastly proud patriot, imperialist and firm believer western superiority but if you read 'Kim', 'The Just so' stories or 'Gunja Din', you see man who celebrated and loved India. Just because his views are considered to be extremist, racist or whatever. How can you deny the brilliance of the man, it's appalling that such a man is excluded from the nation's curriculum and works like 'If' and 'Gunja Din' will be soon historical relics of the past. rant over.