An Autobiography by M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai

By M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai

In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas okay. Gandhi recounts his existence from adolescence up till 1921, noting that "my existence from this aspect onward has been so public that there's hardly ever whatever approximately it that individuals don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most crucial non secular Books of the twentieth Century." The pursuit of fact used to be a guideline for Gandhi. He states that it "is no longer my function to aim a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my a number of experiments with fact, and as my lifestyles comprises not anything yet these experiments, it's precise that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will after all contain experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different rules of behavior believed to be certain from truth."

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But at every step I have carried out the process of acceptance or rejection and acted accordingly. And so long as my acts satisfy my reason and my heart, I must firmly adhere to my original conclusions. If I had only to discuss academic principles. I should clearly not attempt an autobiography. But my purpose being to give an account of various practical applications of these principles, I have given the chapters I propose to write the title of The Story of My Experiments with Truth. These will of course include experiments with non-violence, celibacy and other principles of conduct believed to be distinct from truth.

The Gentle Bihari XIV. Face to Face with Ahimsa XV. Case Withdrawn XVI. Methods of Work XVII. Companions XVIII. Penetrating the Villages XIX. When a Governor is Good XX. In Touch with Labour XXI. A Peep into the Ashram XXII. The Fast XXIII. The Kheda Satyagraha XXIV. 'The Onion Thief' XXV. End of Kheda Satyagraha XXVI. Passion for Unity XXVII. Recruiting Campaign XXVIII. Near Death's Door XXIX. The Rowlatt Bills and my Dilemma XXX. That Wonderful Spectacle! XXXI. That Memorable Week! I XXXII. That Memorable Week!

It is difficult fully to describe my condition. There were, on the one hand, the zeal for 'reform', and the novelty of making a momentous departure in life. There was, on the other, the shame of hiding like a thief to do this very thing. I cannot say which of the two swayed me more. We went in search of a lonely spot by the river, and there I saw, for the first time in my life - meat. There was baker's bread also. I relished neither. The goat's meat was as tough as leather. I simply could not eat it.

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