Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 Dec 1865 – 18 Jan 1936) was an English short story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay and was taken by his family to England at the age of five. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919) and more. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story.
The Amir’s Homily is a short story by Rudyard Kipling. Abdur Rahman is the amir, the supreme ruler of Afghanistan. He leads a trial against a thief, who stole three rupees. As the trial goes, both amir and the thief reveal their stories, and it turns out that they have much in common. But will that have any effect on the sentence, that is about to fall upon the thief for his crime?