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A novel by Kipling, published 1901.

Kimball O'Hara, the orphaned son of a sergeant in an Irish regiment, spends his childhood as a vagabond in Lahore, until he meets an old lama from Tibet and accompanies him in his travels. He falls into the hands of his father's old regiment, is adopted, and sent to school, resuming his wanderings in his holidays. Colonel Creighton of the Ethnological Survey remarks his aptitude for secret service (‘the Great Game’), and on this he embarks under the directions of the native agent Hurree Babu. The book presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road.

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Rudyard Kipling (1865—1936) writer and poet