Kipling spent considerable amount of time in Shimla, especially when he accompanied his father
during his visit to the city during his childhood.Shimla is said to have inspired many of his best-known stories and poems
including 'Plain Tales from the Hills' (1888), 'Cupid's Arrows' , 'Possibilities' and 'The Plea of the
Simla Dancers' .It is also believed that the 'Jungle Book' was also conceived here .Also many scenes in
his book 'Kim' have been inspired from the city.
Born as Samuel Evans Stokes Jr, in an affluent family in America, he made Shimla his home , where he came to
work for the needy in a leper colony.
He holds the unique distinction of being the only American to become a member of the All India Congress Committee
(AICC). He is said to be person who introduced and popularized the "Shimla Apple" which is still renowned all
over the world.
Thus, although born as an American , he lived and dedicated his entire life in the service of Shimla and the
Allan Octavian Hume
A.O. Hume , who is credited of the formation of Indian National Congress, is said to have lived at
the Rothney Castle over the Shimla hills.
Amrita Shergill is one of the most highly acclaimed women painters of India.Her high quality work
as well her personal life make her a unique personality.She was born to a Sikh father and Hungarian mother.
In 1921 her family moved to Summer Hill, Shimla. The house where they lived was called The Holme.Sadly though
it has been sold and divided.
She soon began learning piano and violin, and by age in nine she along with her younger sister Indira were
giving concerts and acting in plays at Shimla's Gaiety Theatre at Mall Road, Shimla. Though she was already
painting since the age of five she formally started learning painting at age eight. She went to train as a painter at Paris.
She was a passionate painter whose work drew inspiration from Hungarian painters, especially the Nagybanya
school of painting of Hungary and the Bengal school of art.
She inspired a generation of painters after her before she died mysteriously at age of 28.
Preity Zinta , the popular Hindi film actress was born in Shimla. After her early education she
graduated from St Bede's College in Shimla with an English honours degree.