By M. K. Gandhi; Mahadev Desai

In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas ok. Gandhi recounts his existence from early life up until eventually 1921, noting that "my lifestyles from this aspect onward has been so public that there's not often whatever approximately it that folks don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most vital non secular Books of the 20 th Century." The pursuit of fact was once a tenet for Gandhi. He states that it "is now not my function to aim a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my quite a few experiments with fact, and as my existence includes not anything yet these experiments, it's real that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will in fact comprise experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different rules of behavior believed to be particular from truth."

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Gandhi The Ashram, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad. 26th November, 1925 PART I * I. Birth and Parentage * The Gandhis belong to the Bania caste and seem to have been originally grocers. But for three generations, from my grandfather, they have been Prime Ministers in several Kathiawad States. Uttamchand Gandhi, alias Ota Gandhi, my grandfather, must have been a man of principle. State intrigues compelled him to leave Porbandar, where he was Diwan, and to seek refuge in Junagadh. There he saluted the Nawab with the left hand.

If I should be pledged to be faithful to my wife, she also should be pledged to be faithful to me,' I said to myself. The thought made me a jealous husband. Her duty was easily converted into my right to exact faithfulness from her, and if it had to be exacted, I should be watchfully tenacious of the right. I had absolutely no reason to suspect my wife's fidelity, but jealousy does not wait for reasons. I must needs be for ever on the look-out regarding her movements, and therefore she could not go anywhere without my permission.

A relative and I became fond of smoking. Not that we saw any good in smoking, or were enamoured of the smell of a cigarette. We simply imagined a sort of pleasure in emitting clouds of smoke from our mouths. My uncle had the habit, and when we saw him smoking, we thought we should copy his example. But we had no money. So we began pilfering stumps of cigarettes thrown away by my uncle. The stumps, however, were not always available, and could not emit much smoke either. So we began to steal coppers from the servant's pocket money in order to purchase Indian cigarettes.

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