A face we see all around us… everyday, even if we do not visit
government offices. Teachings people swear by and entertained to in
films. We still see his style being imitated in the political
circles—that is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. One of the influencers of
the millennium, the ‘half naked’ Indian man who shook the mightiest
empire of the modern world, has a story to tell—his story.
autobiography of Gandhi, the book starts with his birth, and ends with
his experiences till 1921. The original manuscript was written in weekly
installments in Gujarati by Gandhi, and was published weekly in his
journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929. It was later translated by Mahadev
Desai in English, which too was published in installments in his other
journal Young India.
Unlike most autobiographies or
biographies, Gandhi’s autobiography speaks about his fears, regrets,
failures, struggles, and all that went through his mind while initiating
and going through the experiments he conducted, in his and his
immediate family’s lives. Gandhi hides nothing from his readers; he
wants his experiences and experiments to reach out to people so that
their life becomes worth living.
Gandhi, through his lucid and
simple style of writing, honest opinions, and candid narrations, takes
us to the man who was ‘mahatma’ in his thoughts and actions.