..Kakar’s simultaneously skeptical and sympathetic effort to understand the love-
hate relationship that defined the colonial experience..adds a new persective to
indispensable contemporary works like George Orwell’s Burmese Days, E.M.
Forster’s A Passage to India and Kipling’s own, now underrated Kim… The Kipling
File’s admirable ambiguity is the perfect complement to Kakar’s eloquent prose.