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Mahatma Gandhi at Home

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699999.003.0022
Mahatma Gandhi at Home

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Based on how she witnessed the manner in which Mahatma Gandhi lived and carried on his activities, the Halide Edib presents a picture of his life, as she saw it in 1935. The day at Gandhi's house in Warda begins with chants of a whole chapter of Hindu scriptures in Sanscrit, a daily ritual for self-purification. At eight o'clock in the morning, a group of men with shovels and spades on their shoulders go out to begin a sanitation or scavenging campaign in Wardha villages. At ten o'clock, everyone has their first meal. About two miles away are the institutions connected with Mahatma Gandhi's activities, including the Ashram, one for women and one for the boys. All of these are financed by Jamnalal Bajaj, the adopted son of an old Hindu millionaire. At five o'clock in the afternoon is the second and the last meal.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Halide Edib; Warda; Hindu scriptures; self-purification; sanitation; Ashram; Jamnalal Bajaj

Chapter.  3305 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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