If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated, don’t give way to hating
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son
– Rudyard Kipling
Kipling through his words, entitled up to question our doubts, abilities and find home within emotions. One might wonder about the home of a person, who has given a homely feeling to many.
Education minister Vinod Tawade told it to public that Kipling’s Bungalow which was situated in Sir JJ School of Arts is to be preserved as a tourist spot following the reports that the Bungalow was not being maintained by the authorities. There had been numerous efforts by state governing the building to turn the broken-torn away building to a leafy school authority, in the memory of Jungle Book Author, but the school has been reluctant to give away with the decision. But, with the decision of state government, the school which runs on grants from the state government, might have to give in to the decision.
Tawde, state’s cultural minister quoted, “There have been efforts to revive it, but nothing concrete has been achieved for far. Since the tourism department is not doing anything, the culture and education department would take the initiative and declare the bungalow a state monument.”
The minister also told that his department will provide all the funds required to re-build, repair the broken parts and damaged wings of the bungalow. There would be adequate maintenance for the same. “All the articles lying in the bungalow will be properly displayed to the public, and the house will be turned into a museum, It has a huge potential to drive large number of international visitors”, he said.
The Dean, Mr. Vishwanath Sable welcomed the decision and said that he was happy to note that education department has taken efforts to restore the place to its grand value. He added, that it was important that the building stayed in the school campus and proper care be taken for the same.
“Sir Rudyard Kipling was born to John Lockwood Kipling, an artist and teacher of architectural sculpture, and his wife Alice at the site when the JJ School was just coming up. In fact, a book on Kipling mentions that the present campus was an empty plot back then, thick with forest and vegetation. The bungalow came up later, in 1882, and was restored and rebuilt in the 20th century. So it is not the actual place of his birth,” said a teacher at the art school requesting anonymity.
When Kipling visited the JJ School in the 1930s, he was asked by the then dean whether the bungalow was where he was born. He replied, “A few yards away from the bungalow.”
We, at Pehchaan India, welcome this move by culture and education department to preserve such historical place. This not only adds a significance to India’s tourism but also to mark respect to one of the most loved literary figures of Indian history.