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Bapu Spoke To Me

The essential Gandhi, as discovered by a restless grandson

Bapu Spoke To Me
illustrations by R. Prasad
Bapu Spoke To Me
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Repetition has made one of the world's most compelling, challenging, transformational and passionate persons the one thing he never was—boring. It has made that most original person cliched. One of my chief aims in selecting passages from his works has been to redeem the living Gandhi from the plaster-cast image of the Mahatma.

There are many more qualified to do a thematic compilation of his great and transformational ideas, his powerful statements in court, his editorials. If it is to give me satisfaction, I realised, mine will have to be a story—in his words. The story of his life as Gandhi might himself have narrated it, to a restless grandson. Narrated in time snatched between visitors, meetings, marches, mud packs, bursts of temper, explosions of love. A story as expressed in speeches and articles, but also in diary entries, letters and, most importantly, in conversations.

While I thought upon all this, (as is my wont) I hallucinated. "Relate to me please, Bapu, the life within your Life. The actual thing about you, not just...
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