It’s no accident that Gandhi’s birthday – he was born October 2, 1869 – is celebrated at the same time as the International Day of Non-Violence. Through his non-violent actions Gandhi set an important example for the whole world and will always be remembered as an inspiring and esteemful personality.
Gandhi demonstrated that if we want to create something positive we have to take positive actions. Because he wanted to create peace and freedom for his country, he led others with his peaceful actions.
There is no better way to get to know Mahatma Gandhi than to read his own words.
Gandhi: An Autobiography – The Story of My Experiments With Truth
- Author: Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
- Translation by: Mahadev H. Desai
- Publisher: Beacon Press (November 1, 1993)
- Paperback, also available as Hardcover
- 560 pages
Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.
The greatest quality about this book is one it shares with most of Gandhi’s writing: when he writes you get the sense that he is giving us his unedited thoughts. During even the greatest crises in his struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi’s writings have the quality of a transcription of what he is thinking. More than any figure I can think of, Gandhi revealed precisely what he was thinking. The almost complete lack of artifice in his writing is one of the most impressive aspects of his writing as a whole and of his autobiography in particular. One is struck by his honesty, by his humility, and by his intense, almost overwhelming, moral passion.
The events described in the book are a hundred years old, but Gandhi has a way of describing their essence which is timeless, and will grip you in a way that makes them entirely relevant to today’s world. It made me wonder how the world might have been if people today only followed his ideas. But this is no boring lecture on politics or nonviolence. In fact quite the opposite – it is the sparkling story of a very special man told in his own words. We learn about truth and non-violence in the best way possible, by observing Gandhi’s actions as he goes about matters small and big.
The book is written in an introspective, humble and thoughtful manner beginning at his childhood and chronologically journeys through his extraordinary life. The chapters are short and concise, yet expansive in depth. Highly recommend!