This book is a detailed account of Gandhi’s self penned essays on his experiments and covers all aspects of mahatma’s spiritual life. this autobiography is divided into five parts starting from his childhood days, his experiments in south Africa where he experimented with the powerful weapon of satyagraha and his transformation from Mohan to mahatma, his various experiments for fundamental principles of truth and god, till the year 1921, after which his life was so public that he felt there was hardly anything to write about.
Aside from being challenged by his faith and life , the biggest take way i got from this book was how common of an Indian Gandhiji was. He talk in detail about his family. He is consumed with both noble thoughts and very common , ordinary thoughts. After reading this Gandhiji come across true ‘ common man ‘ to emulate.
Gandhi says that his attempt to get closer to this divine power led him seek purity through simply living dietary practices (he called himself a fruitarian), celibacy and ahimsa-a life without violence. It is in this sense he calls his book ‘my experiments with truth ‘, offering it also as a reference for those who would follow his footsteps. Perhaps never before on so grand scale has many succeeded in shaping the course of history while using the weapon of peace – ahimsa (non- violence)
The book covers his life up until 1921, about the time his international fame was starting to spread. Despite not covering the later part of his life , you get a great perspective into his character , values , and travels , which stay consistent throughout his life.
Too many it will Have the value of Bible or a new Gita ; for here that have come out from depth of truth, here is tireless striving that stretches its arms towards perfection. ‘’autobiography’’ in a way is a ‘’ confession of Gandhi’ s FAITH , A VERY BASIC DOCUMENT FOR THE STUDY OF HIS THOUGHT.
Reviewed by Swathi Gopan