By M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai
In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas ok. Gandhi recounts his lifestyles from formative years up until eventually 1921, noting that "my existence from this aspect onward has been so public that there's hardly ever something approximately it that individuals don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most vital non secular Books of the 20 th Century." The pursuit of fact was once a tenet for Gandhi. He states that it "is no longer my goal to aim a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my a variety of experiments with fact, and as my existence involves not anything yet these experiments, it's real that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will in fact contain experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different rules of behavior believed to be targeted from truth."
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Often I would accompany her, exercising the privilege of childhood, and I still remember many lively discussions she had with the widowed mother of the Thakore Saheb. Of these parents I was born at Porbandar, otherwise known as Sudamapuri, on the 2nd October, 1869, I passed my childhood in Porbandar. I recollect having been put to school. It was with some difficulty that I got through the multiplication tables. The fact that I recollect nothing more of those days than having learnt, in company with other boys, to call our teacher all kinds of names, would strongly suggest that my intellect must have been sluggish, and my memory raw.
But the appointed tasks had to be gone through every morning, and lying to anyone was out of the question. It was this last thing that saved me from many a pitfall. I have already said that Kasturbai was illiterate. I was very anxious to teach her, but lustful love left me no time. For one thing the teaching had to be done against her will, and that too at night. I dared not meet her in the presence of the elders, much less talk to her. Kathiawad had then, and to a certain extent has even today, its own peculiar, useless and barbarous Purdah.
For I am sure that if he reforms his ways, he will be a splendid man. ' I do not think this satisfied them, but they accepted my explanation and let me go my way. I have seen since that I had calculated wrongly. A reformer cannot afford to have close intimacy with him whom he seeks to reform. True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world. Only between like natures can friendship be altogether worthy and enduring. Friends react on one another. Hence in friendship there is very little scope for reform.
An Autobiography by M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai