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Mentors play a critical role in the life of Kim as he struggles to determine who exactly he is and his place in life. At the start of the book, he is all alone in the world, except for the woman opium-dealer his father left him with when he died. Through a series of events, Kim finds himself traveling and learning from a variety of mentors - Teshoo Lama, a Buddhist abbot; Mahbub Ali, a Muslim horse-trader; Lurgan Sahib, who teaches Kim how to be a spy; Colonel Creighton and Father Victor, both of whom push strongly for Kim's education; and Mookerjee, who also aids in Kim's training as a spy.
The story of "Kim" is the story of the journey Kim takes in his discoveries about life and his place in it, as well as the pilgrimage Tashoo Lama is making to reach Enlightenment. The entire story is about mentors and mentoring and how everyone acts as either mentor or mentored at some stage in their lives.
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