Midweek Motivation: 5 Helpful Books You Must Read To Know More About Mahatma Gandhi

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Midweek Motivation: 5 Helpful Books You Must Read To Know More About Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, the man behind the Indian Independence Movement and a fervent believer in nonviolence inspired people all over the world with his work.

His nonviolent opposition to British rule distinguished him as one of the most unusual leaders. Many people have been drawn to Mahatma Gandhi’s life and beliefs. 

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As we celebrate the Father of the Nation on his 153rd birthday, let us look at his life through the eyes of many authors. Here are five books about Mahatma Gandhi that everyone should read:

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1. ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ by M. K. Gandhi

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Nothing beats the classics, and this book delivers on all fronts. This autobiography chronicles Mahatma Gandhi’s life from boyhood through 1921. It is a collection of the leader’s 105 self-written writings that document his ideas on truth and god.

The book is structured into five sections that cover the most important aspects of

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his life.

2. ‘Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope’ by Judith M. Brown

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This portrays Mahatma Gandhi in a novel and unexpected light, neither as a saint nor as a clever politician. Brown described Mahatma Gandhi as a multifaceted guy whose actions reflected his beliefs.

3. ‘A week with Gandhi’ by Louis Fischer   

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The book is a one-of-a-kind read that chronicles American writer Louis Fischer’s travels to India in 1942 when he spent a week with Mahatma Gandhi. It includes a synopsis of his travels, how he spent his time in India, and conversations he had with Mahatma Gandhi and other notable figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. If you want to see what India was like politically and economically in 1942, this is the book for you.

4. ‘My Days with Gandhi’ by Nirmal Kumar Bose 

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This book provides insight into Mahatma Gandhi’s final years. Nirmal Kumar Bose, the author, was Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary and has drawn on their close relationship. Furthermore, the book includes information that emphasises the leader’s difficult period in life, during which he battles both politically and personally.   

5. ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India’ by Joseph Lelyveld 

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This book focuses on Mahatma Gandhi’s two decades in South Africa, where he developed his beliefs, morals, and philosophy of ahimsa (non-violence). It also discusses the period when the leader returned to India and was regarded as a Mahatma by the people. 

Joseph Lelyveld, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist, also discusses the finale of Mahatma Gandhi’s battle to free India and the country’s split.

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