Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

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I agreed to write my autobiography at the instance of some of my co-workers. Scarcely had I turned over the first sheet when riots broke out in Bombay and the work remained at a standstill. Then followed a series of events which culminated in my imprisonment at Yeravda. Sjt. Jeramdas, who was one of my fellow-prisoners there, asked me to put everything else on one side and finish writing the autobiography. I replied that I had already framed a programme of study for myself, and that I could not think of doing anything else until this course was complete. I should indeed have finished the autobiography had I gone through my full term of imprisonment at Yeravda, for there was still a year left to complete the task, when I was discharged. Swami Anand has now repeated the proposal, and as I have finished the history of Satyagraha in South Africa, I am tempted to undertake the autobiography for Navajivan. The Swami wanted me to write it separately for publication as a book. But I have no spare time. I could only write a chapter week by week. Something has to be written for Navajivan every week. Why should it not be the autobiography ? The Swami agreed to the proposal, and here am I hard at work.

But a God-fearing friend had his doubts, which he shared with me on my day of silence. " What has set you on this adventure ? " he asked. " Writing an autobiography is a practice peculiar to the West.

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