The tale about the brave little Mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, is a delightful story but it will also give you a picture of what life was like for English colonials and their families in India. Rikki- Tikki-Tavi starts on page 175 in The Jungle Book.
Mongoose and Cobra. From Wikimedia Commons. Image in Public domain.
Mongoose Vs. Cobra from the Smithsonian Channel
“Mongooses and snakes are each other’s deadliest opponents. When they face off, the outcome is utterly unpredictable.”