"Kim gave him no title – such as Lala or Mian. He could not divine the man’s creed. "

Having never set eyes on a Tibetan before, Kim refrains from using the respectful titles of Lala (for Hindus) or Mian (for Muslims). Kim's failure to determine the Tibetan’s race or caste gives some indication of the separation during Kipling's time between the valley people of South Asia and the Tibetan Pahari (hillmen).