- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499142471
- ISBN-13: 978-1499142471
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 446 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography
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Mahatma Gandhi, or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born at Porbandar in Gujarat, on October 2, 1869. His father was the Dewan of the Porbandar State.
Early Life and Career: He married Kasturba when he was only thirteen. He was very truthful from his boyhood days. He went to England to be a barrister. He did not do well as a lawyer. In South Africa he began a movement against the British rulers. In India too he led the freedom movement and at last won independence in 1947.
Non-violence and Gandhism: Gandhiji believed in non-violence and love. He was against untouchability and all sorts of injustice in society. He lived a saintly life and suffered a lot to see truth triumph. His heart bled for the poor and the oppressed. He said that all men were equal. He wanted them all to live in peace. He dreamed of a Ram Rajya in which everybody would live in peace. He was against the modern civilization. Instead, he wanted his countrymen to live in the villages.
Freedom Struggle in India: After spending 21 years in South Africa, Gandhiji returned to India in 1915. While fighting against the British rule in India, he always maintained his principles of truthfulness, peace and non-violence. In 1942, he launched the ‘Quit India Movement’ to drive the British out of the country and gave the famous slogan of ‘do or die’ to his countrymen. Though, the movement didn’t prove to be an immediate success, the British had to grant independence to our country in 1947.
Death and Memory: This great son of India was shot dead on January 30, 1948. But he will live forever in our heart for what he has done for India.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book starts with Gandhi's birth & ends somewhere around the end of the first world war. The language, in the second decade of the twenty first century, seems a little archaic. I cannot seem to recollect if this work was penned by Gandhi much like a diary written regularly or he wrote it down all together at a certain time. If it is the latter, then Gandhi definitely possessed a very remarkable memory. Of mirth & humor, there is very little.
By & large, there are some traits that consistently emerge. Conviction definitely stands out. Needless to say, there are many principles that Gandhi espoused that have stood the test of time - non-violence, satyagraha, non-cooperation etc - however, certain others really appear awfully obstinate - like refusal to take medicines regardless of the criticality of the disease, emphasizing building character in children at the cost of regular grammar & arithmetic, his fascination with the spinning wheel etc.
However, the most outstanding trait in all of this is Gandhi's scrupulous honesty. And it is from this that his great courage emerges. I'll also say that such courage & conviction was also aided by sharp skills to negotiate - it is interesting to me that in spite of some of his convictions noted above, Gandhi never came across as naive - & an uncompromising attitude towards taking no for an answer.
In essence, I'd definitely say that I know more about Gandhi, & learnt to admire him as a leader of men, & an apostle of truth. The polemic surrounding his impact on the Indian freedom struggle, however, remains unanswered by this book.