Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Look - #15

An Autobiography by 'Mahatma' M.K.Gandhi

Plot: The autobiography of one of the greatest men to have ever lived. We get to experience the transformation that made him what he was straight from the horse's mouth.

  • The extensive coverage he gives on the events in his childhood in India; his struggle to overcome distractions and difficulties to become a barrister; the life and times in South Africa are fresh news on which I have not even had an idea before.
  • His obstinacy,grit,stubbornness - call it whatever - on matters of principles that he laid after some of his experiments with truth are startling! Especially the examples he offers that show his determination to stick on to his ideals in Dietetics, non-possession, Brahmacharya, ahimsa, truth, medicine, religion etc. are unbelievably terrific and inspiring.
  • The portions of his times in India focus more on the lesser known issues such as the Bihar, Gujarat labour union issues and this gives clues to the question on how he was able to inspire and get the respect of an entire nation.
  • In all, this life-story would make one's respect for the nation's supreme hero grow manifolds.

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