Town & Places - Rudyard Kipling


From the plateau I could see, about 1,000 feet below me, a vividly green valley some eight miles long and two miles wide, with a foam-white nullah flashing down its centre.

Rudyard Kipling, the Nobel laureate (1865-1936), was fasci¬nated by the Frontier. Though trained as a journalist in Lahore, he composed some of his most memorable verse on this terrain. Of Peshawar as a merchantile hub, he writes:

When spring-time flushes the desert grass.
Our kafilas wind through the Khyber Pass.
Lean are the camels but fat the trails,
Light are the purses but heavy the bales,
As the snowbound trade of the North comes down
To the market-square of Peshawur town.

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